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No Added Sugar Brownie Energy Bites

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Adapted from a recipe by Ann Taylor Pittman.

A tasty chocolate treat, great for an extra boost in your day.  Each ball is about 92 calories and has 2.5g protein and 2.5g fiber. Store in bag or container in the fridge for about a week…if they last that long.

Ingredients

½ cup whole hazelnuts
12 whole Medjool dates, pitted and roughly chopped
⅔ cup almond butter
⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon kosher salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Spread nuts on a small rimmed baking sheet. Bake at 350°F until lightly toasted, about 10 minutes, stirring once. Cool 10 minutes. Rub off skins. Reserve 20 hazelnuts. Pulse remaining hazelnuts in a food processor until finely chopped; transfer chopped nuts to a small bowl.

Pulse dates in food processor until almost pastelike. Add almond butter, cocoa, 2 tablespoons water, vanilla, and salt; process until well combined. Turn mixture out into a bowl; divide into 24 equal portions. Roll each portion around 1 whole hazelnut to form a ball. (Mixture will be oily.) Roll each brownie ball in chopped hazelnuts to coat. Chill until firm, about 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

Practice Gratitude for Your Health and Energy

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Gratitude

Scientific research shows that having more energy, more positivity, and more meaningful social interactions are among the many effects of practicing gratitude daily.  Practicing gratitude throughout your day can give you the boost you need to get done what needs to get done and keep you feeling fresh and recharged overall.

A great way to get into the habit is to keep a journal. Doesn’t have to be anything fancy. It could even be as simple as using voice memos on your phone whenever you get the chance to grow gratitude.

Here are just a few ways you can practice gratitude:

  • When you get up, instead of saying, “Today I have to…”, say “Today I get to…”.
  • Thank–even from a distance–your mail-person and delivery persons.
  • Leave a positive review for a local business on Yelp or Google or Facebook or wherever.
  • Say hello to a stranger on the street (and smile with your eyes the best you can).
  • Try to notice 3 small moments in your day–things like making your coffee–that you usually take for granted and think about all the people (and their work) that made that moment possible.

Voting is a Healthy Habit

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Voting is a Healthy Habit
Here are 7 research-backed ways the act of voting can increase your overall health and well-being…especially your mental and emotional health:
  1. ???????????? Voting can make you feel like you’re part of a COMMUNITY. Feeling a connection with other people is linked to greater quality of life and longevity.
  2. ????‍♂️Voting can help LOWER STRESS by giving you a sense of control and accomplishment.
  3. ✅ Voting – as part of being politically active – can give you a greater sense of well-being and LIFE SATISFACTION.
  4. ????Voting can translate into feeling more IN CONTROL over other areas in your life that you want to improvement like nutrition and exercise.
  5. ???? Voting and political activism of any kind is associated with feelings of FREEDOM, POSITIVE EMOTIONS and WELL-BEING.
  6. ❤️ Voting can strengthen important SUPPORT SYSTEMS by making you feel included which can lead to a higher quality of life and reduced feelings of loneliness.
  7. ???? Voting can increase your HAPPINESS when you believe you are doing something that can make a real difference to your daily life.

 

 

Stop. Breathe. Relax.

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Slowing down has all sorts of benefits. When you can slow down you can pay more attention. And when you can pay more attention you can:
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Here’s an exercise to get you to the point where you’ve slowed down:
Take 10 seconds (about as long as the video above) to recharge.
❇️ STOP what you’re doing
❇️ Take some gentle chest filling BREATHS
❇️ Soften your gaze and RELAX
Repeat several times a day. Be aware of how you feel after each break.

 

 

15 Minute Friday Night Dinner

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Miso Glazed Wild Alaskan Salmon with Sautéed Broccoli
Ready in 15 Minutes

Miso Glazed Salmon

1️⃣ Lightly coat the salmon with the glaze
2️⃣ Cook in a 350 deg oven for 10-12 minutes
3️⃣ While it’s baking, sauté the broccoli in a touch of olive oil.

Here’s how you make the glaze:
1/2 cup miso paste
1/2 cup soy sauce (low sodium)
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp sesame oil

Remember, always go for the Wild Alaskan Salmon (and not the farmed stuff). You want that natural pink which is astaxanthin, a powerful antioxidant that does all sorts of good things for your brain.

Let’s talk about pee

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Being hydrated is critical to your daily energy and vitality. When you get dehydrated you can experience fatigue and brain fog—among other physical symptoms.

So how do you know if you’ve had enough water? Look at your urine. A well hydrated body produces pale yellow urine. Darker urine is sign that you need to drink more water. (Note that high levels of B vitamins and some meds can also darken your urine.)

Use the handy chart below from Precision Nutrition to see how hydrated you are. Drink a couple glasses of water if you’re on the dark side. If things just don’t seem right to you, please see your medical professional.

Urine Hydration Chart