Tuesday, February 4, 2014


So sore!!!

So I worked out way too hard yesterday and can barely move. It's a good pain, but still pain.

My absolute fav go-to muscle fixer…
Badger Ginger, Arnica & Cayenne Massage Oil
link to purchase here

~ Arnica ~

Arnica has been a natural remedy through the ages in the form of a topical application.  
It actually does work for muscle and cartilage pain, swelling and such that comes with sprains, aches, inflamed areas, and joint problems.  
The rub I prefer is a massage oil of ginger, arnica, cayenne, vitamin E, & whole plant oils… 

Ginger is an excellent anti-inflammatory.  The compounds are effective for stiff, aching muscles & joints. Antioxidants in ginger suppress toxic free radicals that promote tissue damage & inflammation.  

Cayenne contains capsaicin, a substance that is effective at blocking pain.  It tricks the brain into thinking that the skin is being exposed to extreme heat and allows the nervous system to respond by releasing a neurotransmitter until no more pain signals can travel from that area to the brain.

This massage oil is always on the ready in my house… love this stuff!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Nutty balls…

I've been having more than my share of cravings lately.
Rather than ignore my body talking to me, I try to accommodate it in a healthy way.  
It's like staying in tune with yourself knowing exactly what those cells are needing, and rewarding yourself by feeling energized, alert, and ready to go!
These delicious nutty protein balls pack a punch of nutrition,can really be enjoyed any time of day, and they always satisfy!
(makes about 14 nutty balls)
 - 3/4 cup of almonds
- 3/4 cup of walnuts
- 4 tbsp Spectrum Decadent Blend Chia and Flax Seed with Coconut and Cocoa
- 2 tbsp of cinnamon
- 1 tbsp of avocado oil
- 1 tbsp of protein powder
- 1 tbsp of raw cacao powder
- 1 tbsp of water
- 1 cup of medjool dates, pitted
- 1/4 cup of California figs

In a nut & spice grinder, grind almonds and walnuts into a powdery flour.
Mix in a large bowl with next 6 ingredients (through water).
Puree dates & figs, then add to mixture and blend until moist and smooth.
With hands on, form snack sized balls and chill!

Makes about 14 balls!
A serving = 1 nutty ball
nom nom nom
These nutty balls that are oh so easy to make and keep in the fridge, so when you're feeling naughty, you can sneak one and savor the goodness!
Nutritional info per serving:
Calories  164
Sat. Fat    .9 g
Polyunsatured   3.1 g
Monounsaturated   1.3 g
Trans   0 g
Cholesterol   0 mg
Sodium    10.7 mg
Potassium   162 mg
Carbs  16.8 g
Fiber   3.7 g
Sugars    11.7 g
Protein   4.5 g
Vitamin A    7.6 % of daily recommended
Vitamin C    7.6 %
Calcium    12.4 %
Iron    13.2 %

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