No Bake Vegan Vanilla Spice Protein Bites

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I’ve been dying to make some no bake protein bites with my favorite REBBL elixirs for the longest time. I was meal prepping about a week ago when I had the biggest craving for vanilla. That doesn’t usually happen often so I figured why not indulge, use one of my Vanilla Spice Protein REBBL Elixirs and get to work? no bake protein bites, no bake protein balls, no bake energy bites, no bake oatmeal bites, vegan no bake energy balls, meet the source, rebbl, essence eats, buzzfeed food, feed feed, feed feed vegan, food blogger, vegan food blogger, holistic, holistic nutrition, lupus, holistic health, adaptogens, adaptogenic dessert

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Health & Nutritional Benefits

Here are some of the nutrition & health benefits of the raw ingredients in this recipe:

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You can tweak the ingredients as you’re making these bites to your preference. I added extra cinnamon, coconut flakes and a pinch extra vanilla for a little more sweet than nutty flavor. These bites came out extremely moist due to the REBBL Vanilla Spice Protein Elixir. If you find your batch too wet, just add more ground rolled oats to soak up the excess moisture.no bake protein bites, no bake protein balls, no bake energy bites, no bake oatmeal bites, vegan no bake energy balls, meet the source, rebbl, essence eats, buzzfeed food, feed feed, feed feed vegan, food blogger, vegan food blogger, holistic, holistic nutrition, lupus, holistic health, adaptogens, adaptogenic dessertno bake protein bites, no bake protein balls, no bake energy bites, no bake oatmeal bites, vegan no bake energy balls, meet the source, rebbl, essence eats, buzzfeed food, feed feed, feed feed vegan, food blogger, vegan food blogger, holistic, holistic nutrition, lupus, holistic health, adaptogens, adaptogenic dessertno bake protein bites, no bake protein balls, no bake energy bites, no bake oatmeal bites, vegan no bake energy balls, meet the source, rebbl, essence eats, buzzfeed food, feed feed, feed feed vegan, food blogger, vegan food blogger, holistic, holistic nutrition, lupus, holistic health, adaptogens, adaptogenic dessert

If you’re in the mood for chocolate you can try my No Bake Dark Chocolate Energy Hemp Bites! Do you like pumpkin spice and everything nice? Then check out my girl @MyCandiShoppe’s Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites!  Let me know if you try this recipe!

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  1. Add dates to a food processor and pulse/mix until small bites remain or a ball forms. Scoop out and set aside.
  2. Add walnuts to the food processor and pulse into a fine meal. Then add rolled oats, chia seeds, hemp seeds, flaxseed meal and sea salt. Pulse a few more times to combine. (Make sure you don't overmix or the walnuts will turn into butter.)
  3. Add the dates back in along with the nut butter & REBBL Vanilla Spice Protein elixir. Mix/pulse to combine. The result should be a moist dough-like mixture. If too wet, add a bit more rolled oats or hemp seeds. If too dry add more nut or seed butter.
  4. Refrigerate for 10 minutes. Then scoop out rounded tablespoon amounts and carefully form into balls. I used my hands and had no problem forming the balls. The amount of bites depends on how big or small you roll them.
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Top 5 Wellness Speakers to Learn From at W.E.L.L. Summit 17

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Hey Guys! Can you believe there are less than 100 days left in the year? One event I’m looking forward to attending in November is W.E.L.L. Summit 17 in NYC! There will be an abundance of wellness industry leaders speaking daily in large panel discussion groups. They’ll be sharing knowledge of their field while providing you will realistic and simple tips on how to live your healthiest life. Here are the top 5 wellness speakers to learn from at W.E.L.L. Summit 17!

well summit, w.e.l.l.summit, glowmaven, own your glow, mama glow, african american doula nyc, alicia keys, tamera mowry, dj khaled, serena williams baby, home birthShow of hands, how often do we feel guilty about putting ourselves first? If you’re struggling with practicing self-care while navigating life this workshop is for you! Women’s wellness maven & best selling author Latham Thomas will be leading the ultimate self care session at W.E.L.L. Summit 17′! Observing Your Sabbath – Self-Care Made Sacred for The Modern Woman” is a workshop that will show us how to pour back into ourselves and tap into our inner glow. Latham, a.k.a. Glow Maven , is widely known for helping women embrace optimal wellness and spiritual growth as a pathway to owning their power. She is the founder of Mama Glow, a lifestyle brand offering inspiration, education, and holistic services for expectant and new mamas.  Latham’s newest book “Own Your Glow: A Soulful Guide to Luminous Living and Crowning the Queen Within” has been receiving great reviews from many including: Daphne Oz, Gabrielle Union, India Arie, Lisa Price and more!

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W.E.L.L. Summit 17 is a little over 30 days away! Don’t miss out on what’s already shaping up to be the biggest wellness event of the year. Speaking from first hand experience, you will walk away having gained so much! Purchase your tickets here!

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Bloat and Hunger Blasting Breakfast Smoothie

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Hey guys! Are you one of those people who eats breakfast and then you’re hungry an hour later? Maybe you end up binging on snacks and sweets at the office to hold you over until lunch? Or do you live with a digestive issue or two that leaves you in pain or bloated at the most inconvenient times? Well, this nutrient dense breakfast smoothie recipe will help to combat both hunger and digestive issues in just a few gulps!breakfast smoothie, vegan, gluten free, bloating remedy, holistic health, holistic nutrition, how to reduce bloating, how to stop gas and bloating, how to get rid of a bloated stomach

Hangry

Lashing out, being short on patience or straight up turning into Cruella deVille on your co-workers or family when hungry? You need this breakfast smoothie in your life! To combat hunger pains, I added 1 teaspoon of flaxseed meal and 2 teaspoons of chia seeds. Both are PACKED with fiber, iron, omega 3-s  and help with digestive issues. Flaxseed also promotes the following:

  • Natural detoxification,
  • Weight & fat loss by reducing sugar cravings.
  • Reduce skin dryness and flakiness while improving symptoms of acne, rosacea, and eczema.
  • Anti-inflammatory (FYI: inflamed bodies hold onto excess weight),
  • Reduce gut inflammation (great for Crohn’s patients)
  • Reduce cholesterol levels
  • Promotes healthy hair & nails.

You can read more about the endless health benefits of flaxseed here!

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Make sure your frozen banana is soft enough to be blended without harming your blender’s blade. Blend all ingredients for about 90 seconds to 2 minutes and serve immediately. If you prefer “frothy” aka thicker smoothies just add more rolled oats.

Topping recommendations: Sprouted Granola, cacao nibs, chia seeds, fruit of choice  but I recommend banana with a dash of cinnamon. I topped mine with One Degree Organics Cacao Sprouted Granola

I drank this smoothie around 8:00 am and was not hungry until 12:30pm to give you an idea of how well this baby fights hunger.

breakfast smoothie, vegan, gluten free, bloating remedy, holistic health, holistic nutrition, how to reduce bloating, how to stop gas and bloating, how to get rid of a bloated stomachA couple of quick notes: I added dates, cinnamon and vanilla for sweetness. Just keep in mind that dates are VERY HIGH in sugar content (approx 65g of sugar per 100 gram serving). Although it’s natural sugar, it is still sugar and should be consumed in moderation. Chia seeds were added for a boost of omega-3’s and fiber, brain food!

What is your favorite breakfast smoothie? Let me know if you try this recipe. For more holistic nutrition inspo follow my second page @healedbyfood

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Bloat and Hunger Blasting Breakfast Smoothie
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This smoothie will leave your belly full while promoting a healthy digestive tract & eliminating bloat.
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1 person 5 minutes
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Bloat and Hunger Blasting Breakfast Smoothie
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This smoothie will leave your belly full while promoting a healthy digestive tract & eliminating bloat.
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1 person 5 minutes
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Wanderlust 108 Yoga Festival Recap: Brooklyn, NY

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Yogis, yoga enthusiasts and pretty much anyone passionate about health and wellness gathered on the lawn in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park yesterday for Wanderlust 108 Yoga Festival. It was my first time attending and here’s my recap!wanderlust, wanderlust 108, wanderlust yoga festival, healthy hair to toe, healthyhairtotoe, yoga, yogi, holistic, holistic health, health blogger, yoga events, wellness events, wellness nyc, adidas, health ade, kombucha, rebbl, nothing but the fruit

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My best friend & godmother of my sons. She’s literally down for ANYTHING I want to go to!

The day started with a mindful triathlon which included a 5K run and cool down with yoga & meditation. I didn’t participate in the 5K First but I did join my fellow wanderlusters in a historic attempt to break the Guinness World Record for most people doing yoga in pairs. Everyone who participated in attempting to break the world record received a red Adidas t-shirt to wear during the yoga session. As you can see above, the lawn was a sea of red..lol. It’s NYC so of course we rocked it and broke the record! Next, I hopped on my mat for THE BEST 90 minute DJ powered yoga flow I’ve ever experienced! The lawn was FILLED with over 300 people doing yoga and it was a flow to remember!

The crisp breeze and blue sky really helped set the tone along with the music by DJ Drez. There were yogi’s from beginner to advanced on the lawn so I didn’t feel intimidated at all. The pace & flow were faster than I’ve done in the past but the poses were repetitive every 5-10 minutes.wanderlust, wanderlust 108, wanderlust yoga festival, healthy hair to toe, healthyhairtotoe, yoga, yogi, holistic, holistic health, health blogger, yoga events, wellness events, wellness nyc, adidas, health ade, kombucha, rebbl, nothing but the fruit wanderlust, wanderlust 108, wanderlust yoga festival, healthy hair to toe, healthyhairtotoe, yoga, yogi, holistic, holistic health, health blogger, yoga events, wellness events, wellness nyc, adidas, health ade, kombucha, rebbl, nothing but the fruit I got the hang of it after about 5 or 6 tries and took breaks when needed. This session really worked my core, thighs, arms and more. I have that “hurt so good” feeling this morning which I low-key love!..lol. This flow called for relying on our partner and fellow wanderlusters for support in every aspect. I walked away from this session feeling calm, centered, grateful and with a sense of clarity.

I meditated for about 15 minutes and then my best friend and I decided to walk the lawn and scope out the booths and tents. Adidas is the official sponsor of Wanderlust 108 so we headed to their tent 1st. wanderlust, wanderlust 108, wanderlust yoga festival, healthy hair to toe, healthyhairtotoe, yoga, yogi, holistic, holistic health, health blogger, yoga events, wellness events, wellness nyc, adidas, health ade, kombucha, rebbl, nothing but the fruitI purchased an official Wanderlust tank and Adidas “Performer High Rise Tights”. I also purchased “The Heart of the Revolution” by Noah Levine. This book focuses on the Buddha’s radical teachings on forgiveness, compassion and kindness. I can’t wait to start reading this week!

We tried samples from our favorite plant-based brands like Health-Ade Kombucha, Rebbl and Kite Hill. One new vendor we tried as plant-based snack company “Nothing But The Fruit”. They make the most delicious healthy fruit bites and provided LOADS of free samples. Check out the super cute booth they had set up! Their backdrop and props were PERFECT for taking pics! wanderlust, wanderlust 108, wanderlust yoga festival, healthy hair to toe, healthyhairtotoe, yoga, yogi, holistic, holistic health, health blogger, yoga events, wellness events, wellness nyc, adidas, health ade, kombucha, rebbl, nothing but the fruitThey also had a tasting station where you could combine healthy toppings with their bites to experience flavors on a different level. I ended up loving the Rasberry Chia Fruit Bites the most. Just think fruit roll-up without all the junk and preservatives!.lol.

I signed up for Wanderlust super last-minute so I wasn’t able to sign up for many of the workshops. There are two options for tickets: 1) Free ticket: Bandana + Yoga & Meditation only. 2) $55 ticket: allows you to participate in the 5K run, access to unlimited workshops, goodie bag, bandana and guarantees you a mat on the lawn by the stage for yoga & meditation.

Now that I know there’s a Wanderlust chapter in my area I’m totally there for next year’s festivities!wanderlust, wanderlust 108, wanderlust yoga festival, healthy hair to toe, healthyhairtotoe, yoga, yogi, holistic, holistic health, health blogger, yoga events, wellness events, wellness nyc, adidas, health ade, kombucha, rebbl, nothing but the fruit Have you ever been to Wanderlust Yoga Festival in your city? I highly recommend attending at least once!

Namaste

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The 411 on Adaptogens and How To Use Them

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Happy Monday y’all! I’ve been posting a few smoothie recipes with adaptogens and you guys have been asking a TON of questions about them. Today we are going to break down what adaptogens are, who should use them and how to incorporate them into your diet the right way. ashwagandha, how to use ashwagandha, how to use adaptogens, health benefits ashwagandha, health benefits adaptogens, adaptogens anti inflammatory, adaptogens cancer, adaptogens autoimmune conditions, adaptogens breastfeeding

Adaptogens are a nontoxic substance that helps the body adapt to physical & emotional stress, minimize it’s damaging effects while keeping our bodies in working order. They focus on helping the body as a whole rather than one specific function. They earned their name by growing in extreme conditions and evolving to adapt to their environment. By doing so they were able to survive and thrive in otherwise harsh conditions. If they can do that for themselves just imagine what they can do for our bodies!

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Adaptogenic herbs are major stress relievers. Photo credit: Chalk Board Mag.

Over many years, adaptogens have been proven to reduce stress and inflammation, boost immunity, stabilize moods, improve mental clarity, combat signs of aging, increase endurance, improve sleep and so much more!

When our bodies are stressed we are prone to:

  • exercise less often
  • emotionally eat (usually the wrong foods too)
  • digestive issues (bloating, stomach upset, diarheaa
  • have sleep issues
  • emotional outbursts

Do any of these sound familiar? I can count at least 3 that affect me if I take on too many tasks or don’t make enough time for self care. If I go even 1 -2 weeks without exercise or meditation I feel it! I’m moody, lethargic, hell…even bloated! Adaptogens help your body physically respond in a healthy way to life’s daily stressors while ensuring it doesn’t miss a beat.  Our bodies and brains are then able to thrive at their fullest potential, leaving less room for ailments and other problems to arise. When we are thriving we feel good, look good and are way more motivated!

Here is a list of a few adaptogens and what they are commonly used for: ashwagandha, how to use ashwagandha, how to use adaptogens, health benefits ashwagandha, health benefits adaptogens, adaptogens anti inflammatory, adaptogens cancer, adaptogens autoimmune conditions, adaptogens breastfeeding, cordyceps, resihiWho Should Take Adaptogens?

Short answer…EVERYONE! But if you’re looking for more specifics:

Anyone who has an autoimmune condition, digestive problems, inflammatory/chronic pain conditions, migraines, vascular conditions, history of cancer, diabetics, fatigue, mood disorders, adrenal issues..the list goes on! Mamas, certain adaptogens are safe to take while breastfeeding while others aren’t. Always double check before ingesting anything!

How To Incorporate Adaptogens Into Your Diet

Most adaptogens come in powder form but there are a few available in pill form. You can add adptogens to your salads, teas, coffee, smoothies, soup, oatmeal, water, juice and much more! How you take them is really up to you. I take reishi and chlorella daily in powder form. I add chlorella to my smoothies only. It has a very dark green color so I don’t recommend adding to tea..lol. I add reishi to tea and smoothies.ashwagandha, how to use ashwagandha, how to use adaptogens, health benefits ashwagandha, health benefits adaptogens, adaptogens anti inflammatory, adaptogens cancer, adaptogens autoimmune conditions, adaptogens breastfeeding, cordyceps, resihi, sunpotion adaptogens review ashwagandha, how to use ashwagandha, how to use adaptogens, health benefits ashwagandha, health benefits adaptogens, adaptogens anti inflammatory, adaptogens cancer, adaptogens autoimmune conditions, adaptogens breastfeeding, cordyceps, resihi, sunpotion adaptogens review Check out my Easy Adaptogenic Coconut Milk Elixir here! (It’s an inexpensive dupe to Rebbl’s cold brew with less sugar. You’ll be hooked!). ashwagandha, how to use ashwagandha, how to use adaptogens, health benefits ashwagandha, health benefits adaptogens, adaptogens anti inflammatory, adaptogens cancer, adaptogens autoimmune conditions, adaptogens breastfeeding, cordyceps, resihi, sunpotion adaptogens review

Adaptogens are great for helping your body resist the damaging affects of stress BUT you still need to be proactive in how you respond on a conscious level! There a a million ways you can keep yourself centered and in a positive space such as:

Regular physical activity.
Relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, meditation, yoga, tai chi or getting a massage.
Keeping a sense of humor about things.
Socializing with family and friends.
Setting aside time for hobbies, such as reading a book, listening to music or doing whatever makes you happy!

So now that you have the breakdown of adaptogens, who should use them and how to incorporate them into your diet, how will you be using them? If you already use adaptogens, what are your go to’s? Lets chat in the comments!

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