Golden Energy Bites • GOLDE Turmeric

 
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A naturally sweet, satisfying, and nourishing go-to snack that I've up-leveled with a hit of GOLDE's highly-coveted turmeric wellness blend. Which, aside from being deeply nutritious + mineralizing, is the most delicious turmeric blend I've ever tried thanks to the unexpected (but much appreciated) addition of coconut milk powder. Swoon. For a long time, I was simply using pure turmeric and a pinch of black pepper (for improved nutrient absorption) in most of my golden concoctions - milks, lattes, smoothies, oatmeal, etc.

But as of late, I can't get enough of this particular blend, which lends not only improved convenience, but also elevated health benefits, housing a medley of five different medicinal spices + herbs. It pairs to perfection with these coconut-y paleo energy bites, that have long been a staple on-the-go snack option in my home. 

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A recap of turmeric's most notable heath benefits, for those that need a refresher.

IMMUNITY BOOSTING | Turmeric contains a powerful anti-inflammatory compound, in addition to anti-viral, anti-fungal, and antioxidant qualities. This allows for an incredibly nourished and supported immune system. It's believed that inflammation is the root cause of all illness and disease (both physical and mental), so by addressing and reducing inflammation, you lessen and eliminate the prevalence of imbalance within the body and mind. 

MOOD SUPPORT | Turmeric is a potent mood-booster that I regularly turn to for emotional and mental health support. Numerous studies have proven curcumin (the main active compound of the turmeric root) to be just as effective - and infinitely less harmful - as pharmaceutical antidepressants in treating depression and similar mood disorders. There's a known link between inflammation of the brain and depression, which can be treated and reversed through an anti-inflammatory diet that includes foods such as turmeric. Low levels of the hormone Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) have also been linked to a variety of brain, cognitive, and mood disorders, including depression. BDNF is responsible for the multiplication and growth of brain neurons, which is a key process for maintaining and improving brain function, and curcumin has been found to increase levels of this hormone.

NATURAL GLOW | Turmeric works to decrease inflammation and redness on the skin's surface, while also speeding up the healing process and improving blood flow to areas of concern. The consumption of anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial foods like turmeric is key to maintaining a calm, clear, and glowy complexion. 

ADAPTOGEN | Lesser known among turmeric's benefits are it's adaptogenic properties. To be considered adaptogenic, an herb must have a normalizing and homeostasis-evoking effect on the body in the face of stress - physical and psychological. Turmeric has been found to regulate cortisol-release and stabilize blood glucose levels, which help to maintain the health of body + mind during times of increased stress. 

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GOLDEN TURMERIC ENERGY BITES

2-3 tablespoons GOLDE turmeric blend
½ cup raw cashews
½ cup raw almonds
2 tablespoons chia or hemp seeds
5 large pitted medjool dates
¼ cup unrefined coconut oil
¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of himalayan salt
 

PREPARATION | Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until well-combined. Mixture should form a "dough".

Remove mixture from blender and, using your hands, roll segments of the dough into small balls, placing on a flat surface. 

Allow the energy bites to chill covered in the refrigerator for at least two hours. If kept refrigerated, these will keep for up to three or four weeks. 

Makes 12 bites.


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Chocolate-Covered CBD Energy Bites

INTRODUCING A NEW KIND OF EDIBLE

Sharing a groovy new recipe today that *just happens* to coincide with April 20th. I actually choose not to partake, but am a really big advocate for medicinal herbs, in whatever form they may come. I rely heavily on my growing home apothecary of herbs + plant medicinals, and these days rarely prepare a meal or snack without them. CBD piqued my interest a few months ago, and it's potent medicinal benefits have landed this cannabis-derived supplement a spot in my daily regime. I have witnessed firsthand the extraordinary medicinal benefits of cannabis via the use of family members + clients struggling to cope with and cure debilitating diseases (chronic pain, ALS, paralysis, and mental health issues), so was more than open to give CBD a try within my own body. 

WHAT IT IS

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of over 60 compounds found in cannabis. In belongs to a class of ingredients called cannabinoids, to which THC also belongs. However unlike THC, CBD produces no mind-altering effects and is highly medicinal. It's the major non-psychoactive compound of the plant, and is responsible for the majority of positive health benefits marijuana smokers experience. In it's isolated state, CBD is an incredibly effective (and virtually side effect free) natural treatment for an ever-growing list of mental and physical health concerns. 

THE BENEFITS

It sort of feels like the benefits of CBD are never-ending. To date, researchers are found CBD to be an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anticonvulsant ,antiemetic, anxiolytic and antipsychotic agent. It's proven to be a remarkable treatment for those suffering from: chronic pain (whatever the cause), chronic inflammation, mental health imbalances, anxiety + panic disorder, cancer, nausea, epilepsy, migraines, neurological disorders, ALS, diabetes, and heart disease. There's a plethora of medical + scientific research documenting these claims, much of which is linked accordingly in this article. 

Personally, I use CBD as an anxiety treatment. If you've been reading the Journal for a bit, you've heard me mention my struggles with anxiety, panic, and general mental health ups-and-downs. Though I am well on the road to recovery and generally feel better-than-ever, I continue to have my great days, my okay days, and my not-so-okay days. Coincidentally, I'm currently experiencing a bout of the latter. Our health ebbs and flows, and for this reason it's very important to me to have an ever-expanding arsenal of tools to naturally help ease discomfort and restore balance. Whether I am feeling stressed + ungrounded at the end of a long day, or dealing with something a bit deeper, CBD has become a go-to for reeling in the wild thoughts + feelings and promoting a greater sense of relaxation + wellness.  

HOW TO USE

CBD is most typically found in oil form - though there's some really rad topical products available here that I also love and use. For daily use, I usually opt for a dose of the oil under my tongue, or blend it into a smoothie or tonic. However, it's especially fun to mix the oil in when making sweet treats for an ultra-medicinal take on "edibles".


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CHOCOLATE-COVERED CBD ENERGY BITES

Grab-and-go snacking is my jam, and there's nothing better than a fresh batch of energy bites to fuel a busy day. This particular mix tastes like cookie dough, and is completely refined sugar- and gluten-free, as well as vegan and paleo. I spiked the recipe with a few doses of CBD oil for a feel-good boost, but this can be left out if you prefer. A bit of mucuna puriens was added as well because it's a potent mood-booster and bio-avaiable + natural source of neurotransmitter L-dopa. Also *technically* optional is the raw chocolate coating, but it takes like 1 minute to whip up and don't be insane - the chocolate is necessary. 

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 2 tbsp almond meal 
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 5 pitted medjool dates
  • 1/4 cup unrefined coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp mucuna puriens (optional)
  • 3 droppers (about 2100 mg) of CBD oil tincture 

TO MAKE: Combine all ingredients into your food processor or high-speed blender. Blend and combine until mixture forms a "dough". Using your hands, roll segments of the dough into small balls, and place on a flat surface. Allow the energy bites to chill covered in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. Optional (but so worth it): whip up a quick batch of raw chocolate sauce and drizzle over to your energy bites. You may need to do a few coats to form a thick chocolate shell. Again, cover and chill for a few hours.

Will last up to 2-3 weeks in the refrigerator. Recipe makes 10 energy bites.


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