Do you get stressed? Well I know I do. Stress is also very similar to anxiety. What is stress or anxiety you may ask? Stress is the feeling when something is too challenging or too frustrating for you. Stress is also a response to a bad situation. Anxiety is the after reaction of the stress.* For example : anxiety would be the situation happening in your mind over and over again until you get over whatever scenario made you stressed in the first place. The stress is something that is overly demanding or intense circumstances.
One thing that I love to do when I’m stressed in BAKE. Do you like baking? Have you ever baked? One of my most recent recipes I’ve tried to make is No Bake Little Energy Balls. ** I have copied the recipe below and noted the source at the bottom of this blog. The reason I love these treats is the texture of the flax seeds calm me down and the cookie dough type consistency of them rolling them into shape is tactile. The best thing about them is they are DELICIOUS.
Another great part of this recipe is that the ingredients are made of whole foods. Flax seed is a super food which helps protect the body for lots of harmful things. Cinnamon has anti inflammatory properties, which means it is good for calming down stressors in the body. Cocoa powder is good for increasing blood flow and for helping with symptoms of depression, which can happen when you have stress and anxiety. So tell your parents that some chocolate is good to have for health. Coconut oil, nut butters, and honey are wholesome foods that have good fats. All together they are a good snack and lots of fun to make.
You are important and whatever is stressing you or giving you anxiety needs on outlet to help you feel better. Mine is baking and I like to share that with you, but I hope you have something that helps you get through your stress and anxiety
NO BAKE LITTLE ENERGY BALLS
1 cup of oatmeal
½ cup of flax seeds
2 tsps of cinnamon
1 tsps of unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp of salt
1/2 cup of coconut oil
2 ½ tsp honey
4 ½ tsp of peanut butter or substitute soy or sunflower butter if you have a nut allergy
First grab a normal sized bowl and mix together oats, flax seeds, unsweetened cocoa powder, cinnamon, and salt. When that is well combined (in stand mixer or by hand), add in a separate bowl coconut oil, honey, and peanut butter ( or soy or sunflower butter as a substitute). When each bowl is nicely combined add the dry mix little by little to the wet mix when the dry mix has been added to the wet mix then roll them into balls. Enjoy!