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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Turmeric + Honey Grapefruit Brûlée

A simple, playful, and nutrient-rich recipe that brings a whole new meaning to #lazyfancy food. I've been serving this as a light starter at breakfast - be it for a group of friends + family at a weekend brunch, or just me and my boyfriend before heading off to work on a Tuesday.

It's a totally fool-proof recipe and method (granted you keep a close eye on the broiler) that supplies the body with a medley of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Among the benefits of this simple snack are increased immunity, brighter skin, boosted metabolic activity, and potent anti-inflammation within the body + mind for heightened energy, elevated mood, improved memory, weight-loss, and disease prevention. 

Though it's been part of my breakfast of choice recently (usually preceded by a sugar-free green juice and followed by avocado toast and fried eggs), this grapefruit brûlée makes an equally delicious and wholesome dessert post-dinner. 


TURMERIC + HONEY GRAPEFRUIT BRÛLÉE

Makes 2 servings


Roasted Carrot Hummus + Carrot Top Greens Pesto, and a word on why real food matters

Since diving into a more holistic, conscious lifestyle about six years ago, it's been really important to me to regularly get up close and personal with the food I'm eating. I signed up for my first CSA membership as a college student living in Charleston, and heading out to the farm each week to gather my goodies totally changed my perspective on food and health. Rationally we understand that our produce comes from a farm, but watching the process unfold firsthand can be really crazy. How cool that this big, beautiful planet allows us to grow and create food in the ground.

Part of my life (and now job) is traveling to farms near and far to source the freshest, purest, and most nutrient-dense produce and ingredients. It's a ritual I very much enjoy, and it's gifted me a very deep reverence for not just the food I eat, but for the individuals who grow it with so much care, and for this bountiful and ever-giving planet. 

If you've never taken a trip out to a local farm in your 'hood, I highly recommend you get on it. In this modern, technology-driven, and factory-manufactured world, it's extremely refreshing + grounding to get back to the basics of growing food. 

So it's with much excitement that I share this recipe in collaboration with Lox Farms, a small + sweet organic farm here in South Florida. They have an incredible CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program and are always at the downtown West Palm Beach green market. I created this recipe using their divine carrots, and originally planned to only make the hummus. But in the spirit of revering our food and making use of every last bit, I turned the carrot top greens into a savory, earthy pesto. 

Carrot hummus should definitely be a thing, because it's effing delicious. I roasted/slightly caramelized the carrots to enhance their natural sweetness, which is balanced to perfection by the warming spice blend I used. If you feel like you're getting bored of your usual snack routine, give this recipe a go. 

Pesto is crazy versatile and I usually have a batch of some variation in the fridge - I use it as salad dressing, toss it with roasted veggies, mix it with cooked grains, drizzle on avocado toast, and throw it on top of my hummus (a must-try). Carrot top greens are slightly bitter, so I added a bit of raw honey and pistachios to balance it out. For those of you who ask me about eating healthy on a budget, this is the ultimate in budget-friendly cooking. One veggie, two delicious and healthful uses. 


ROASTED CARROT HUMMUS

CARROT TOP PESTO