Over the last several months, I’ve been working with my Naturopath to try to eliminate a couple of super frustrating issues I’ve been dealing with: acne and migraines. Both THE WORST, right? I know.
We’ve been working to find the root cause of these issues with supplementation, lab testing and a couple of diet tweaks. Although I eat a very clean, nourishing diet, there are a couple of things I haven’t been getting enough of, and maybe a few I’ve been getting a little too much of.
One of the main deficiencies my ND wants to treat is magnesium. Most people are deficient, it seems, and I am most definitely one of them. Magnesium deficiency can affect sleep, skin health, mood and cause headaches. So I’ve started taking a magnesium supplement to try to boost my skin and nix the migraines.
In terms of what I need to cut down on, let’s just say I’ve always been a sweet-tooth. While I don’t eat any refined sugars or artificial sweeteners, I do love me some dates, raw honey and maple syrup. Don’t get me wrong, all of these are natural and, in small quantities, very healthy for you. It turns out, though, that eating raw honey by the spoonful out of the jar every night while you’re watching TV doesn’t quite fall into that category. So my doc suggested cutting way down on the sweet stuff to see if it helps with both the breakouts as well as the headaches.
In light of these changes, I’ve decided to do an experiment of sorts. For the next month, I’m going to completely avoid my sweet treats and make sure I’m getting lots of magnesium. To take care of the latter, I’ve recently upped my dosage from 300mg daily to 600mg and already I am sleeping better and feel more calm. And I’m working on finding replacements for some of my favourite snacks that I can make completely unsweetened but still very satisfying.
That’s where these little balls of energy come in, made with no added sweeteners whatsoever. And with all ingredients high in protein and healthy fats but very low on the glycemic index, they’re a chocolatey treat that sates hunger and craving all in one go. As an added bonus, they also happen to pack a pretty powerful punch of minerals like magnesium, as well as zinc, potassium and B vitamins thanks to the raw cacao and young bananas.
Cacao-Coco Energy Bites:
- 2 green-tipped bananas
- 2 tbsp cacao powder (unsweetened and raw)
- 1/3 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened) + 1/4 cup reserved
- 1/2 tbsp almond butter
- 2 tbsp coconut flour
Peel and mash the green-tipped bananas. Add cacao, 1/3 cup shredded coconut, almond butter and coconut flour and stir to combine. The mixture should become a thick paste – add extra coconut flour or a bit more shredded coconut to thicken as necessary. Spread the reserved 1/4 cup shredded coconut out onto a small plate and begin rolling the banana-cacao-almond-coconut mixture into balls, then rolling in shredded coconut to coat. Refrigerate and enjoy as desired!