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Almond Butter Tart Cherry Energy Balls

These no bake energy balls (recipe by Joey Mock RD, LD, CLT)   make a delicious, quick, and convenient snack while serving as a healthier alternative to other heavily processed, convenience snack foods or bars. They are also easy to make and can be a fun and productive activity to do with your kids while they are homebound. They store well, so go ahead and make a double batch. Freeze extras in an airtight container with wax paper between rows. Get your ingredients together and start rolling! Ingredients 1¼ cup old-fashioned oats 3 tablespoons unsweetened dried shredded coconut ½ cup sliced almonds, chopped 1 scoop (about 2 Tablespoons) whey protein powder ½ cup honey ½ cup dried tart cherries, chopped ½ cup natural almond butter (or peanut butter if you prefer) Preparation In a medium bowl, combine the oats, coconut, almonds, and protein powder. Stir until well distributed. Add the honey, cherries, and almond butter and stir all ingredients until well distributed. Plac

Happy Earth Day!

We are lucky to have fresh air to breath, fresh food to eat and access to clean drinking water. It’s easy to get caught up in our daily struggles, life stressors and challenges, and to assume that someone else will handle the issues in the world. But as members of society, we can all make a difference and any amount of change and action, no matter how big or small, will have a positive impact on the world. Our Earth is amazing and we must not take it for granted. In honor of Earth Day, here are a few tips to implement into your life as you do your part to take care of Mother Earth. You don't have to do them all (or do any of them all the time), but by doing your best every day, you are doing your part. Go digital! Save paper and send an email. There is nothing wrong with a nice hand-written letter but pay bills online, stay organized on the computer and avoid printing unnecessary information that will quickly end up in the trash.  Plan a clean-up day in your local commun

Diet culture and body image

In the midst of a global health crisis, now is a perfect time to make health and nutrition a priority. But in our body-image obsessed culture - supported by a multibillion-dollar industry that profits from body dissatisfaction, the idealized body image, dieting and fear of fat, this can be incredibly difficult as there's nothing healthy about our diet culture. Sadly, weight loss and body image are still a priority for many in a global health crisis. The diet culture is constantly reminding you that you are not good enough at your current weight and being a bit thinner or more toned will improve your health and happiness. If self-isolation and stay-at-home orders are becoming a real challenge in managing your mental health as it relates to your body image, consider that no amount of dieting or extreme exercise will make this pandemic less scary or will improve your mental well-being. Restriction, purging, bingeing, obsession, rigidity or "clean eating" only provide

Emotionally fulfilling workouts

As a life-long athlete, I crave competition. I love showing up to a race with the desire to give my best and leave it all out on the race course. But with the temporary removal of "race day" competitions for the uknown future, I continue to seek opportunities to release my competitive spirit. Some workouts are intense. I find myself smiling (or perhaps it's a cringe) through the pain of a challenging workout that leaves me drenched in sweat and completely drained and empty. These workouts are so hard and the suffering is so intense that it actually cleanses my soul. It's a sick type of pleasure that feeds my inner athlete. Having said that, the passion I feel for the sport of triathlon and being part of this incredible triathlon community provides a sense of belonging, purpose, opportunity for growth and pursuit of victory - all without an actual race day start and finish line. Fortunantly, within every workout, I can still give myself a proverbial start and fi