Congratulations, you have made it to the end of "re-entry week!" You know that first full week back to work and real life right after the holidays? That's re-entry week and let's be honest, it can be a tough week! I usually have trouble during this time assimilating back to reality and getting used to life without celebrations, sugar and alcohol. The trouble is that I have a pretty major sweet tooth that for whatever reason often comes on after a vigorous yoga practice or workout. Protein balls are a great fix for that and can be a healthy alternative to granola bars, which are often misleading and packed with sugar. These are great treats to make on a weekly basis to have around as a quick snack on the go, after the gym or class. They are raw, vegan and gluten-free.
On The Go Protein Balls
1/2 cup nut butter of your choice (I chose almond butter)
1/2 cup gluten-free oats
1/4 cup raw honey
1/4 TSP cinnamon
1 TBS chia seeds
1 TBS ground flax seed
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Sunwarrior vanilla protein powder, which is what keeps this recipe vegan)
Mix together and roll into 16 small balls and dust with cinnamon. Refrigerate and enjoy!
I used to be infamous for starting out each new year by making a never ending list of resolutions and things I would promise to do better in the coming year. Like many I would follow along religiously for a few weeks or even months and then inevitably fall into the same routines and habits I swore off. Eventually I realized that I didn't need a new year to make changes to better my life and since then it has been all about intention. To ring in 2015 I kicked off the new year with my yoga teacher training, which really helped me define the difference between a resolution and an intention. A resolution is a firm course of action, while an intention comes from the soul and reflects an inner purpose of what we know deep down will bring us peace and happiness. Intentions allow leeway for personal growth and reflection, while resolutions are often a oneway street. It's no wonder they are so hard to maintain.
2015 was a great year and I gained a lot of clarity to bring with me into the new year. For the first time I can honestly say that there is nothing disappointing or regretful about this past year and there are only things I would like to improve upon. I am very excited to advance in my career as a doula and become a certified prenatal & postnatal yoga instructor this May. I have a few other things up my sleeve that will be announced towards the end of summer. Until then, here's to 2016!