The Importance of Slowing Down {+ Raw Energy Ball Recipes} - Becca Piastrelli

Hey there,

creative gal!

You’ve landed on a post I wrote a few years ago -
back when I was known as The Dabblist and was exploring all sorts of ways I could create beautiful things with my hands. It was a powerful time for me — awakening my creativity after suppressing it for so long — but this space has since evolved to reflect the woman I’m becoming.

Raw Energy Balls Recipe

A month ago, I started working with a health coach.

I've been doing some deep work recently focusing on loving every part of myself - and realized there were some blocks around that - particularly with my body. And while I've done a lot of research into the human body and nourishing foods, my coach is able to holistically guide me to find peace in my body in a way that I simply could not do alone. It's been such an exciting process that I feel compelled to share the experience with you.

There are two things we noticed about myself right away.

1. I tend to overeat when I'm tired.

2. I work at a very fast pace, which has a tendency to lead to exhaustion. So my focus has been getting more rest and slowing time down. That is my foundation for radiant health.

Rest begins in the morning with the alarm clock. It turns out I have an ugly habit leftover from my former corporate job years. I'm a total snooze abuser. On an average morning, I was snoozing for up to 1.5 hours - which means I wasn't getting any restful sleep during that time. My body was in a constant state of in-between rest and being awake. So step 1 --> get real with myself about what time I'm actually going to wake up and set my alarm for then. It is in my body's best interest to get the amount of sleep it needs to function properly.

I'm also bringing the nap back into my life. My energy tends to dip around 3/4pm each day, usually leading to watching cat videos and finding myself rummaging through the cupboards for a snack. But what I really need is rest! After reading this interesting analysis about proper nap lengths, I've started taking 30 minute naps in the afternoon if I feel my body needs it. I wake up rested and clear-headed (not feeling sluggish and sleep hungover like I would if I took a longer nap for an hour or 2).

Now onto my fast paced lifestyle and needing to slow time down.

The fix? I'm dabbling my little heart out. Blending homemade almond milk , mixing herbal tea and observing it steep, picking wildflowers on a hike and arranging them in mason jars around the house, and my new favorite - handwriting letters. It's a beautiful lost art - writing a letter. It slows my brain way down to ensure I am being intentional and thoughtful with my words. I want the presentation to be totally delightful for the recipient. When I slow down time, I come into my body more. I digest easier. I sleep better. I'm a happy, joyful person.

So the other day I snapped the above photo from the middle of my day when I noticed things started to feel a little crazy and spinny in my head. I shut off my email, made a snack, and wrote a note to a most beloved friend.

And the snack is my new obsession --> Raw energy balls. These are seriously delicious, nourishing, and totally satisfy my afternoon cravings like a champ. I've adapted the recipes below. You can make big batch and freeze them for later to stay on top of cravings and give your body the yummy, good ingredients she needs.

Raw Energy Balls Recipe

Peanut Almond Coconut Balls

Adapted from The Yummy Vegan

  • 1 c. shelled sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 c. dried apricots
  • 6 medjool dates
  • 1/2 c. unsweetened shredded coconut (like this)
  • 1/2 c. rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp. protein powder (I like Vega)
  • 1/3 c. maple syrup
  • 1/3 c. almond butter
  • 1/3 c. peanut butter (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 c. cacao powder
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt

Combine apricots and dates in a bowl first, then add in the sunflower seeds, coconut, oats, protein powder, and maple syrup. Combine together, then place in a food processor and blend until fine. Transfer to a big bowl and add in all remaining ingredients. Use your hands (it's fun!) and mix together, then roll into small balls. Place in fridge for at least an hour to firm up and store for up to a week.

Chocolate Walnut Maca Balls

Adapted from Navitas Naturals

  • 1/2 c. walnuts
  • 8 medjool dates
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1/2 c. hemp seeds (like these)
  • 1/2 c. cacao powder (like this)
  • 4 tbsp. maca powder (like this)

In a food processor, combine walnuts, salt, and hemp seeds and process until well ground. Add in the dates, cacao, and maca and process until well mixed and easily holds together. Shape into balls and store in the fridge for up to a week.

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