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Recipe: Cinnamon Peanut Butter Energy Balls

Cinnamon Peanut Butter Energy Balls

Cinnamon Peanut Butter Energy Balls

I am having such a blast finding great recipes and adapting them into lower calorie treats that incorporate doTERRA CPTG Essential Oils! This one does double duty: it is a treat for the two-leggers (humans) that can be shared with the four-leggers (dogs) in our lives – just be sure you are using the recipe without the chocolate chips if you share. I use these for a quick pick-me-up for myself and also hide my dogs’ medicine in it and they don’t even notice! Note: My four-legged “kids” are 20# Cocker Spaniels … so for them I split a mini-ball in half to keep their calorie count down as well. But for ME – the full, whole Energy Ball, definitely!

Energy Balls

1 cup rolled oats

½ cup organic peanut butter (no sugars added)

1/3 cup organic honey

1 cup coconut flakes, unsweetened (if you don’t like the chunks of coconut  flakes, you can grind them to powder in a coffee grinder)

½ cup ground flaxseed

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 drops doTERRA Cinnamon Bark CPTG Essential Oil

  • Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
  • Place in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  • Roll into teaspoon sized balls.
  • Eat them up!

The recipe above makes 34 mini-balls at only 72 calories each!

(Optional:  add a few mini chocolate chips to each ball for a touch  of extra sweetness!)

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The Benefits of Energy Balls:  Slow burning energy.  Natural sugars.  Great taste!

Oatmeal: 

Helps stop food cravings

Contains plant lignans which protect against heart disease and cancer

Enhances immune response to disease

Peanut Butter:

Boosts energyboth protein and healthy monosaturated fats will give you an energy pick-me-up

Peanut butter is a great source of iron, which helps to maintain good circulation

The antioxidants and fiber in peanut butter help to reduce the risk of cancer

Honey:

Honey is known for reducing muscle fatigue in athletes

Great immune system builder and possesses carcinogen-preventing and anti-tumor properties

Nature’s energy booster – the glucose in honey is absorbed by the body quickly and gives an immediate energy boost, while the fructose is absorbed more slowly providing sustained energy. It is known that honey has also been found to keep levels of blood sugar fairly constant compared to other types of sugar

Coconut Flakes:

Two components, lauric acid and monolaurin, appear to have antibacterial and antiviral properties

Flaxseed:

Three heathly components:  Omega-3 essential fatty acids, Lignans, and Fiber

Flaxseed may have a protective effect against breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colon cancer

New research also suggests significant blood pressure-lowering effects of flaxseed

Vanilla:

Studies have shown that the scent of vanilla extract may assist people to lose weight

Studies have shown that vanilla extract has a positive benefit on dealing with stress and anxiety

doTERRA Cinnamon Essential Oil:

Cinnamon detoxifies the digestive system and stimulates brain function

Clinical studies have linked cinnamon consumption to lowered blood sugar

Cinnamon contains anti-inflammatory compounds that can help relieve arthritis pain

(Purchase doTERRA Oils online at http://mydoterra.com/santeeoils)

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Green Fruit Smoothies – what a wonderful start to my day!

Oz_Weekend_Cleanse_MEDIALast summer I had a serious lack of energy.  Not your run of the mill, tired after a long day’s work lack, but a full drag your butt on the ground just to get across the room lack.  I could push myself enough to fake it through a couple hours of work, but that was about it.  When I didn’t have work on a day, I was able to get myself to an hour cardio workout, but again – that’s all she wrote, my day was pooped!  As a self-employed person, struggling along without health insurance, I put off doctor visits (usually until my body has healed itself) but I was about to break open my piggie bank and drag my tired butt to the clinic.  And then I had a couple of things make me go aHA! Maybe I’d found my answer?

An episode of Dr. Oz talked about women who described the exact same symptoms as mine, down to a “T” and caught my interest.  The topic that day was on Magnesium deficiencies (I’ll bring a post over to this blog from my facebook page later this week about this topic for more information).  And the next day I opened a new issue of First for Women magazine and there it was again:  Magnesium deficiency.  Among the recipes presented in the magazine were a couple for Green Fruit Smoothies.  Those definitely caught my attention – good for me and EASY to shop for and to make!  Trust me – when you have this type of energy loss, going to the store is akin to climbing Mount Everest (in my mind).

They are now a regular part of my weekday mornings.  A batch usually lasts me two – three days and it’s easy to just reach in the ‘fridge and grab-n-go with my drink in hand, providing me with about 2 1/2 servings of magnesium boosters (5 a day is optimum, and spread them out throughout the day to keep the body supplied).   My smoothie is enough to last me thru lunchtime as I take sips throughout the morning hours.

You can web search for so many Green Fruit Smoothie recipies – they are at your fingertips!  Here is a sample of what one of mine looks like:

  • 1 cup chopped spinach
  • 1 tablespoon chopped shallot
  • 1 chopped carrot
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 container yogurt (I use one of my flavored single-serving yogurts)
  • 1 tablesoon flaxseed
  • 2 bananas
  • assorted fresh fruits:  I try to stay with fresh and pick up whatever is in season when I’m at the grocery store or farmer’s market.  My favorites are blackberries, raspberries, blueberries and strawberries.  Try watermelon – delish!   Experiment!

Toss them all in the blender (I start with the yogurt and veggies to get them blended well, then add the other ingredients) and p5ml_Cinnamonulverize!  I personally don’t use my blender – it doesn’t liquify as well as my hand-held Braun mixer, it works like magic! – but not everyone has one of these.

As I pour them into my individual cups, I save room to add no-sugar added apple juice to thin it out and make it to a full serving.

And for a delicious way to add a dose of extra health benefit to your smoothie:  add ONE drop of doTERRA Cinnamon essential oil (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)!  Cinnamon is a metabolism booster and has many other health properties (take a look HERE for more information on this spice).  PLEASE NOTE:  one drop is all that is needed of this tasty oil.  Essential oils are much more concentrated than their herbal counterparts.  Also NOTE:  not all essential oils are created equal!  doTERRA Cinnamon essential oil is approved to be ingested – not all oils can be taken internally.  If you choose your Cinnamon from another source, be sure to find out if it is ingestible first!

What is YOUR favorite green smoothie recipe?  Let us know in the comments below!

 

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