One of the most important things we can do to take back control of our moods, energy, cravings, and focus when recovering from addiction is to keep our blood sugar stable. You can read more about the importance of blood sugar balance. you can read more about blood sugar balance here: https://rootsrecoveryclinic.com/nutrition-addiction-recovery/. Eating a balance of fat/fiber/protein at regular intervals is the way to keep blood sugar stable, which makes these no-bake energy balls the perfect go-to snack as part of your daily recovery routine.
H.A.L.T. is an acronym that’s used to help people recovering from addiction check in on the most urgent points of discomfort that are the top reasons people tend to relapse, and it stands for:
The way snacks (like these no-bake energy balls) and meals that contain fat, fiber, and protein can be a powerful tool to avoid H.A.L.T is because if we don’t get hungry, we don’t get ‘hangry’ due to low blood sugar. If we don’t get hangry, then we are less likely to get lonely since we didn’t piss people off or isolate ourselves because we weren’t feeling good. If we didn’t throw a tantrum (internally or externally) because our blood sugar was too low, resulting in a flood of adrenaline into our body, then we won’t be as tired.
Preventing the majority of H.A.L.T. with food is really that simple, and that effective. It’s not to say that life can’t get us stressed out, or that there aren’t other reasons we may encounter these obstacles on our recovery journey. Money, relationships, illnesses, and more can cause stress that can be real. But, using food in this way can actually eliminate the majority of the stress on our system, so that when things that are out of our control arise, we actually have the resiliency to meet them with grace, clear-mindedness, and stamina.
Cashews are the star ingredient in these no-bake energy balls.
They provide all three elements of the recovery diet, fat, fiber, and protein. They also have a high mineral content which includes zinc, an essential nutrient for brain and immune health that’s stripped away during addiction.
Coconut is a recovery superfood. It contains a special kind of fat that is easily used as fuel by the brain and body. Additionally, it has powerful antimicrobial properties that can support the body when battling infections such as candida, viruses, or parasites.
Kicking the sugar habit in recovery can be a challenge. Dried fruits like apricots are a healthier way to satisfy our sweet tooth because they’re packed with minerals and fiber. This can be a very powerful food to use to get off of the white sugar-fix for good. Just remember that you want to enjoy your dried fruits with protein and fiber (like in these no-bake energy balls) so that the sugar from these sweet treats doesn’t hit your system all at once.Print
Apricot No-Bake Energy Balls
These no-bake energy balls are creamy, fruity, delicious and a sinch to make.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 10 1x
- Category: snack
- Method: Blender
- 1/2 cup cashews
- 1 cup dried apricots
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 tablespoon cocnut oil
- juice of 1 large orange
- pich of sea salt
- Add the cashews to a high-speed blender or food processor.
- Pulse until the cashews are finely chopped (not cashew butter!)
- Add the remaining ingredients and blend until well incorperated.
- Spoon out the mixture in heaping tablespoons and roll into balls.
- Store refrigerated in an airtight container for up to two weeks, or freeze for up to several months.
Keywords: gluten-free, snack, dessert