-1 tsp onion powder
Thursday, September 20, 2012
For the purpose of attracting good attention, I named this blog ‘Energy Bites.’ But I actually call them Energy Beebles. I’m not going to lie, it’s mostly for the purpose of annoying my boyfriend,
Beeble – anything that is small and/or cute that you don’t know the name for.
There is nothing more annoying to
than when I call something a ‘beeble.’ “It’s not even a word!” he says. Well I made it up and I think I’m pretty cool, so therefore, it is a word. He's from Blaine and if you know anything about Newfies, they’re the royalty of making up words. Newfoundland
I recently downloaded an app on my phone called ‘Whaddaya App.’ You pick a saying or word in English and it will say it in Newfanese. I sat on the couch one night with
reading out the regular English sayings and having him translate them before I activated the Newfie way of saying things. And, not surprisingly, he translated them all correctly. Blaine
"I do not believe you, sir” – Go on whicha by
“I’m very thankful to you” – God bless your cotton socks
“I am interesting in courting you” – Misssesss, whaddaya at?
“Sir, you are not very smart” – Buddy you’re some stunned you is
And, my favourite.......
“You are unattractive” – you gotta face on you like a hen’s arsehole in the northwest wind
What the hell, right?? Who invented that language? “Someone awesome,” is
’s response. And I probably have to agree. There is no one more friendly, welcoming (and crazy) than a Newfie. Blaine
So, I’m thinking that making fun of me for making up the world ‘Beeble’ is not that bad after all. Agreed?
Anyway, let’s get down to business. There are many different recipes out there for energy bites. I have played with different ingredients, and this one came out as my favorite.
-1 cups oats (There is gluten free oats out there so depending on how allergic you are, this is probably a smart choice)
-1 and 1/3 cups coconut
-1 cup flaxseed (or protein powder)
-1 cup chopped dates
-1 cup peanut butter
-2/3 cup honey
-2 tsp vanilla
- Combine all ingredients together in bowl and mix
- Put in fridge for ½ hour
- Using your hands, roll into even balls.
And, that’s it. Simple, right? This is a great item you can pop in your mouth for a little energy before hitting the gym or throughout the day as a snack.
Honey is a wonderful ingredient in this recipe because it is known to provide relief from constipation and indigestion. Studies have shown that honey can help treat IBS and IBD, as it provides protection against damage of the colon and reduces inflammation. It is also used as a stress reliever to promote good mental health, as its ingredients have a calming effect. This recipe also contains peanut butter, which is high in calories and fat, but is a great energy booster and has been connected to helping reduce depression.
Flax. Flax is one of my favourite ingredients to use in recipes, as it is jam packed full of nutritional benefits. These include fighting cholesterol, cancer, constipation, inflammation, diabetes, and depression. Flax contains both soluble and insoluble fibre, which assist in regular bowel movements. Flax is the richest source of Omega 3 fatty acids, which is an ingredient that most people with mental illness lack. Studies have shown that by adding 2-3 tbsps of flax to your diet each day, an individual’s depression can improve after 9-10 months.
Who wouldn’t want these benefits?
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Oh, hello. It's been a couple weeks. I've been on holidays for the past 10 days so I took a little time off from the computer and headed to Vancouver & spent some time relaxing. But now I am back, refreshed, and ready to rock with the recipes! (Yes, that alliteration was on purpose).
After my holidays, life delivered me the cold from the underworld. Five days of sneezing, hacking, sleeping, bathing, snotting and fevering. But, close to the end of my health crisis, I had some extra time to spend experimenting with Quinoa. One of my favorite recipes that came out of it was Mac & Cheese Quinoa.
Mac & Cheese Quinoa
-1.5 cups quinoa
-Salt and pepper
-1 clove garlic, minced
-1 cup milk (could also be soy milk)
-Panko Crumbs (you can get gluten free ones at Safeway or Bulk Barn)
1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. Cook quinoa (follow instructions on package)
3. Saute any veggies that you want to use with garlic. I used Broccoli.
4. Whisk together eggs and milk in a large bowl. Once Quinoa is cooked, stir into bowl with eggs/milk mixture. Add cheese and salt/pepper. Mix well.
5. Coat a baking dish with cooking spray and pour mixture into this dish. Sprinkle cheese and panko crumbs on top.
6. Bake for about 30 minutes or until the top is browned.