Energy, food and busy, busy, you.

Photo: Oleksandr Pidvalnyi.

Have you paused to simply enjoy the sun (or feeling of the wind) on your face lately?

Are you so busy that you have no time to savour the sights and scents of the Spring flowers?

You are not alone if you are sometimes overwhelmed by how busy day-to-day life can be.

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I teach yoga part-time, and last November (and again in February) I conducted health surveys.

Most of the women who responded shared two main problems:

low energy (68%)

stress (78%).

These phenomenon are intertwined, and in my workshops and classes we look at ways of reducing stress to avoid burnout, as well as boosting energy. Right now, this is just a reminder of something that you know already: what you nibble on can either help you, or put you deeper into a slump. Every choice counts.

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As well as drinking lots of water and herbal teas throughout the day, we sometimes need snacks to keep going. This is where it gets tricky! To avoid sugar highs followed by lows (which drains even more energy), we need wholesome snacks.

Tiredness causes cravings for sugar and carbohydrates, but processed foods have very little nutrition, so here is a recipe for making your own energy ball snacks. They don’t require baking: they set in the fridge, so it’s a fast and easy way of preparing something that can keep you topped up between meals.

HEALTHY ish HOMEMADE ENERGY BALLS

INGREDIENTS

  • 100g pecan nuts or walnuts
  • 75g raisins
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed (or a mix-try milled flaxseed, almond, Brazil nut and walnut mix)
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp honey, agave syrup, or maple syrup.
  • 50g desiccated coconut
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter or any substitute.

STEP 1 Put nuts into a food processor and blitz them to crumbs. If you don’t have one of those, wrap the nuts up in a clean tea towel then smash them with a hammer, a glass jar, or empty glass bottle.

STEP 2 Add the raisins, peanut butter, flaxseed, cocoa powder and agave syrup, then mix everything. You could also add in some crushed up nuts for extra protein.


STEP 3 Pick up a handful of the mix and shape it into golf ball-sized balls. Sprinkle coconut onto a plate, then roll each ball in the flakes until they are all nicely coated in it.

STEP 4 Chill your snacks in the fridge to firm them for 20 minutes. Eat and enjoy whenever you need a quick energy boost.

Yum. Enjoy!

-Kathryn.

Kathryn Crowley is a writer who teaches yoga part-time and enjoys painting. She is currently growing food and enjoying her allotment in Co. Kerry, Ireland.

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