Since January 3rd, one person in my household has been sick with something, primarily Influenza. We are actually really healthy people and rarely get sick, but the start of 2017 has been tough on us - Happy New Year. February is close and I am staying positive in that it will be a much better month. I ended up spiking another fever on Monday evening and was down for good all of Tuesday. I'm slowing getting back into the swing of life today but resting in bed is the name of the game right now. I should also mention that having Influenza and running a temp of 102 degrees for 6 days while breastfeeding is probably one of the hardest things I've ever done. Then it came back and it was even harder. Wow. Once I was feeling better the first time, I sort of went right back into my everyday grind (playing, cooking, bathing, running, and even a few strength training sessions.) Then I got sick again. So this go round I'm going to listen to my body a bit more and take it easy. The fitness stuff will happen when I know my body is truly ready. But for now, the nursing and lack of sleep is reducing my immune system enough and I don't think exercising on top of that will do me any good. Also, I truly exercise because it makes me feel good (most of the time hah). I run because I enjoy it. I am not in any hurry to get my pre-baby body back - I just really enjoy having time that is my own and that makes me feel good - when I'm not sick. So please never think that workouts control my life. I've been there and done that and it was awful. More on that later!
I have had many requests on my Instagram feed regarding my Energy Bites so I wanted to share that recipe here in this post. It's super easy and these are staples I have on hand for an afternoon pick up when I realize I haven't eaten yet (mama of two problems). Since going dairy free, the only adjustment I've made with these is buying Enjoy Life brand chocolate chips, which you can find at Target or any grocery story really. I will be posting soon on the transition I've gone through in going Dairy and Egg free. I struggled at first. I would cry because my coffee didn't taste the same and I absolutely loved having eggs for breakfast and/or lunch. Since I'm not much of a meat eater, maintaining protein in my diet has been a challenge with this transition, and I think in part why I've felt so tired. But we are getting there. I'm finding options and substitutions and my baby is happy and really, thats all that matters to me at this point. I have a husband who is fully supportive and helps me meal plan and prep which has been so so wonderful. What I'm also finding is that there is so much information out there in regards to intuitive eating and food allergens. So many blogs have been so helpful and I love it, and will share within the posts I write. Anyways, more to come with that soon!
For now, enjoy these energy bites!
1 Cup Old Fashioned Oats
2/3 Cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
1/2 Cup Jif Natural Peanut Butter (this is just what I find tastes the best!)
1/2 Cup Flaxseed Meal
1/2 Cup Dairy/Soy Free Chocolate Chips (Enjoy Life Brand)
1/3 Cup Raw Organic Honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
Combine everything in a large bowl (I use my hands). Then I wash my hands again because they get super gooey, and then roll into 1 inch balls. Store in covered tupperware or plastic bag in the fridge. So easy, so good!
You can make this recipe to your liking with using your favorite PB, honey, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, etc. and I believe there are recipes out there that include actual protein powder, but Riggins isn't liking that either these days haha. This is just what we like!