Raw Energy Bites!

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There are many days when I find myself craving something sweet in the afternoon to get me through the last few hours of the work day.  I usually remember to grab almonds or an apple for this time of day but sometimes they just don’t cut it.  On days when I need an extra energy boost, I grab a couple raw energy bites!  These are super easy to make and pack a mean punch of extra nutrition in one little bite.  I always try to make a big batch at once and then keep some in the fridge and some in the freezer for later…but they don’t last very long because they are really tasty!

The recipe, like I said, is super easy and you can really experiment with different flavors to give you some variations.  They also only take about 15 minutes to make completely, which is great since my one-year-old rarely gives me much more than that to do anything at once!  Oh, and I don’t measure anything out so just use your best judgement.  If you like more of something, use more!  Its all about you with this recipe.  Enjoy!

Raw Energy Bites

A couple handfuls of raw walnuts/almonds/cashews/pecans

1 TBSP of organic cacao powder

1-2 TBSP of organic shredded coconut

1-2 TBSP of Flaxseed Meal

1-2 TBSP of Hemp Seeds

1-2 TBSP of Chia Seeds

Approx. 20 Figs/Pitted Dates  (If using dates, be sure to soak them for about an hour in water before using.)

Handful of unsweetened Cranberries

A couple scoops of Almond Butter (optional but helps hold them together)

Combine your dry ingredients in a food processor until the nuts are all broken down.  Empty contents into a mixing bowl.  Combine the figs, dates, and cranberries in the food processor until they form a sticky mixture.    Add the sticky mixture and almond butter to the dry ingredients and mash/mix it up with your hands.  Once the mixture is moist, form it into small balls, a little smaller than golf balls.  Place in the fridge or store in the freezer.  They should be good for 7-10 days in the fridge, if they last that long!

If you don’t like the taste of the figs or dates, use less of them and more of the almond butter or even natural peanut butter.  The use of the seeds (hemp, chia, flax) and cacao powder is really important because they are amazing sources of protein, antioxidants, and omega-3s.  So don’t be stingy with these ingredients!

 

Trouble Getting Pregnant?

For many couples, the decision of when to start their family is a big one.  It can be an exciting time, anticipating the pregnancy and baby.  But when that decision doesn’t go as planned and it becomes hard to get pregnant, the process can feel more like a burden than a blessing.  Most couples turn to conventional medicine and start testing for infertility.  There are many factors that can contribute to infertility.  However, many times, doctors can’t find any reason why the couple is not able to conceive.  Oftentimes, this feels like a dead end.  This, however, doesn’t have to be.

HOW DOES CHIROPRACTIC WORK?
For many couples, getting help from a chiropractor does not seem like a logical choice for infertility issues.  But many chiropractors specialize in the care of women (and men) with the goal of getting pregnant in mind. Chiropractors work with the nervous system to enable it to function at its best, uninterrupted and un-interfered with.  There are nerves in the low back that directly influence the sex organs and uterus and make sure the environment is ready to support a child.  Specifically, the 3rd Lumbar is one of the most important vertebra in this region.  Misalignments in this area cause stress on the nerves exiting the spine which can cause dysfunction with many of the “normal” functions of the body.  Effects of these misalignments include bladder troubles (incontinence), bed wetting, impotency, miscarriages, knee pain and menstrual troubles (amenorrhea, dismenorrhea).

Screen shot 2013-06-10 at 9.14.34 AMOther areas chiropractors can check is the atlas, or 1st Cervical vertebra, and the 9th Thoracic vertebra.  The C1 vertebra can influence many functions of the body.  Specific to infertility, it supplies the pituitary gland in the brain which is part of the endocrine system.  This gland is responsible for the stimulation and secretion of important hormones in the body.  The T9 nerves supply the adrenals, which are also part of the endocrine system.  The hormones released are involved with sexual function/fertility, our stress response, and kidney function.  Therefore, without proper nerve function in the neck or middle back, the endocrine system and fertility can suffer.

Other symptoms related to C1 subluxations include headaches, migraines, insomnia, head colds, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, depression, and digestive disorders.  T9 subluxations involve allergies, hives, digestive disorders, and other conditions.  As you can see, everything is related!  So, if you or someone you know is having difficulties getting pregnant or are experiencing any of these related symptoms, give the office a call to get your spine checked!  Chiropractors use natural and effective ways to encourage you to live at your highest potential, without the use of medications or surgery.  Make the goal today to live more naturally and let us help you achieve it!