Power me UP- My Popular & Easy ‘Energy Bowl’ Snack
One of the most common questions I get from patients is, what do you eat and what energizes you and keeps you healthy?
While I encourage each patient to listen to their inner compass of what foods agree with them most, I am happy to share recipes or ideas of what I enjoy and what works for me.
Because I focus largely in my practice on women and children’s health and am a mother myself, many of my recipes need to be easy and have been taste tested by me and my children.
A very important category of foods particularly for women’s reproductive and mental health, are the essential fatty acids. These are also key in childhood development and play a role in immunity. That is why a snack containing healthy fats is great tip.
Several years ago in a rush one day I pulled together some ingredients in a small bowl that was absolutely DELICIOUS!
My daughter noticed and asked what it was and I quickly responded trying to be accurate but fun about it and said “it’s my energy bowl”. Before I knew it she was making one too. Now it is almost a daily routine in our family. Invention born by necessity!
I have passed this idea on since to many patients who are looking for easy and powerful snacks and just need more ideas. They give this rave reviews.
My basic recipe outline for an Energy Bowl includes:
- a nut or seed butter of your choice Nuts and seeds are both a source of essential fatty acids and protein. Choosing a particular seed or nut will also determine which added nutrients it contains. I am sensitive to nuts therefore I usually use pumpkin seeds which are high in zinc or tahini (sesame butter) which is high in calcium.
- coconut oil is a medium chain fatty acid (MCFA) which has anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties and provide the perfect source of energy because they are processed by the liver which means they are immediately converted into energy instead of being stored as fat
- raw honey for its antioxidant-rich immune boosting properties as well as its anti-microbial properties which make it truly healing and delicious in small amounts.
Each family member makes their Energy bowl unique by adding other healthy and tasty ingredients such as:
- hemp hearts, shredded coconut, cinnamon powder, raisins, dates, prunes, cocoa nibs
*if the ingredients are organic all the better.
What do you think you would like to add to your energy bowl?
Here is my favourite easy-as-can-be Energy Bowl recipe that I have most often. I always feel nourished, energized and soothed by eating it.
MY EASY and FAVOURITE Energy Bowl Recipe
1 tablespoon pumpkin seed butter
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1/2 tablespoon raw honey
1 tablespoon hemp hearts
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
Stir well and enjoy with a spoon!
Please leave a comment and let me know what ideas or inspirations this blog post gave you. I would love to hear if you try making your own Energy bowl and how it energized you.
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Wishing you Well,
Dr. Christine Matheson, ND
Hi, I’m Christine Matheson. I am a licensed naturopathic doctor (since 2001), an Arvigo ® Practitioner and a certified Kundalini yoga instructor. I have a special focus on natural and holistic solutions for women’s digestive, pelvic and fertility health with an emphasis on stress-relieving self-care strategies. My signature service is my 'Belly Be Well Program' which combines individualized naturopathic care with the benefits of Arvigo®Therapy (an external massage technique to align and decongest the abdominal and pelvic organs). I also offer naturopathic care for children and families. My goal is to help every patient shine in their lives through supporting their most vibrant health.
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