April. Let’s do this.
After all, spring is here and it’s time to celebrate the shift in seasons. April is as transitional and energetic as it gets, especially in Colorado. Although the mountains are still covered in wet, heavy snow, Denver is on the verge of bloom. In the next few weeks, trees will give way to little green buds, grasses will start to sprout, and daffodils will appear from small patches of soil. Mother Nature will slowly reveals what’s been hiding all winter long — life that’s been growing beneath the muddy surface.
In the spirit of transition and spring-like mentalities, let’s talk new intentions. This month will include removing things that no longer serve me. As in, clothes that are too tight, shoes that need a new home, and books looking for empty shelves. This spring, I also plan to heal my shoulder (something I’ve neglected for a long time) and continue balancing my hormones. A quick note about healing my shoulder — if you live in the Denver area and are looking for an amazing doctor to help with a shoulder issue, lower back pain, neck stiffness, etc., Apollo Soft Tissue is the best. If you mention my name, Edie Horstman, you’ll get 50%-off your first visit!
Anyway, unlike the rest of diet culture, touting messages about impending “summer bodies” and “bikini season,” I will be honoring the rest and healing my shoulder needs. In turn, I will be embracing whatever my “summer body” looks like come “bikini season.” Those quotations are there for a reason. Because what your body looks like, at any given point during the year, is a bikini body — a beautiful, real bikini body, no less. Your cellulite, love handles, soft tummy, scars, and fair skin are all worthy of your favorite swimsuit. Don’t forget that. This month isn’t about increasing your workouts or restricting your food intake, just because shorts and tees are around the corner. No one has time for that. Instead, I want you to spend your precious energy on something more constructive, i.e. your relationships, hobbies, and passions.
In the coming months, focus on making your life more full. More abundant. More fun. Inevitably, you’ll spend less time worrying about the shape of your body.
Strawberry Coconut Energy Bites
Speaking of making your life more full, these energy bites do just that. They are doughy, satisfying, and fruity — a great alternative to chocolate energy bites (if those aren’t your thing). This snack is energizing, easily digestible, and delicious. They are crunchy yet chewy, with the perfect amount of sweetness and more flavor than you’d expect. These bites are gluten-free and vegan. Everyone who tries them loves them. I hope you do too.
7-8 dates, pitted
1/2 cup raw cashews
1/2 cup raw almonds
1 cup freeze-dried strawberries
1/4 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon water (see notes below)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of sea salt
1. In your food processor, add your cashews and almonds and pulse until they resemble a coarse-like sand.
2. Add in the rest of the ingredients, except the water. Pulse until the ingredients are well-combined (about 1-2 minutes).
3. If the mixture feels too dry (it should stick together when you press it between your fingers), add in one tablespoon of water. Pulse until evenly distributed. If the mixture forms a dough ball, great! Your energy bites will be chewy and smooth. If it doesn’t form into a dough ball, your bites will have more texture. They’re delicious either way.
4. Scoop out one tablespoon of the mixture, roll into balls, and stick in the fridge for 20 minutes. Enjoy!
5. These will keep, in the fridge, for up to five days. They can also be eaten on the go, unrefrigerated.
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