Date + Nut Energy Balls

 

Pregnancy has provided some weird phases with my cravings and way of eating! I've mentioned this on instagram, but I’ve had a pretty easy pregnancy. In my first trimester, I was EXHAUSTED … not to mention Jeremy had just broken his clavicle and couldn’t do much (worst … timing … ever)! But other than that, I really didn’t have any of the typical symptoms. I think I experienced nausea in the morning a total of 4 days and only threw up twice due to smells during those days. I’ve had back pain and pelvic girdle pain but have pushed through and chosen to be active, because honestly, I’d rather be active and in pain than not active with no pain. The only other symptom I’ve had is pregnancy insomnia for the past 3 months. It’s funny … when you get pregnant, everyone wants to tell you exactly how it will be or what to expect. News flash people … it’s different for everyone and, chances are, the woman you’re talking to has probably been around newborns and pregnant friends/family members before and isn’t clueless. If your sensing the sass in this post … I may or may not be irritable during these last couple weeks (yet, another symptom of pregnancy). But, my point above still stands, and I’ll try to remember it moving forward whenever I’m interacting with pregnant women.

But I digress … back to food. I got off track early in my first trimester. My family had just lost my grandpa … I actually found out I was pregnant the day before his funeral … which was such a bitter-sweet thing … celebrating a life that was well lived and expecting a new little life to come. Jeremy had broken his clavicle and I was always tired. So, my healthy eating habits and workout life went majorly downhill. This was all followed by major sugar cravings that I was constantly trying to fight … unsuccessfully. My skin went crazy, I felt out of shape, my muscle tone decreased drastically, and I just didn’t feel good in my body. Finally in the third trimester, I found balance again and fed my sugar cravings mostly with smoothies and fruit, not to mention, I’ve worked out more and feel more myself. Annnndddd … when I feel healthy and more myself, I LOVE to cook and create in the kitchen.

Recently, I’ve been trying to eat a lot of dates because they have been linked to having shorter and “easier” labor … but I don’t really love dates … unless they’re wrapped in bacon. So, I mixed up these date and nut energy balls. Enjoy!

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INGREDIENTS

- 1 1/2 cups gluten free quick cooking oats

- 3/4 cup almond butter

- 6 dates chopped

- 1/4 cup almonds chopped

- 1/4 cup honey

- salt to taste

DIRECTIONS

Mix all together, roll into balls, and refrigerate.

*When I made these, I didn’t fully measure out the ingredients … so give or take when it comes to the almond butter and honey. The dough should stick together when you roll it into balls but shouldn’t be super sticky on your hands.

XO,

K