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Betsy Moore is a health columnist for the Observer-Reporter, a health coach, and author of the BMoore Healthy blog.

Indulge in Cacao Coconut Clusters during holidays

Indulge in Cacao Coconut Clusters during the holidays

December 12, 2012

We live in a fast-paced world. We eat in our cars. We rush around multitasking. We have so much on our plate. We try to do it all. Heck, we even go home two days after having a baby. Yep, only two days.

We could benefit from slowing down. Yes, taking a breather. Even taking a few things off our plate.

I have been trying to practice this concept. I gave birth to my second child less than a month ago, and I have been trying my best to rest, relax and enjoy the moment. This is not always easy given our culture, but it is worth a try.

Here are some tips to help you slow down:

First, take time to sit down and eat. Mealtime is a great opportunity to slow down. Enjoy cooking, too. Take time to become familiar with what you are putting in your body. Take the time to savor your food and then relax for a few minutes afterward.

Second, take time to really breathe. Try to breathe in and out through your nose, concentrating on your breath. Third, let something go. You don’t have to do it all. It is OK to say no.

Fourth, take time for yourself. Take a day off from work and do something just for you. Use your vacation time, even if you just stay home and rest. Leave your work at work.

Again, our culture does not promote slowness, so we have to get creative. Be fast when you really need to, but reward yourself with some time for yourself later. You will find that, even in “fast” situations, you will begin to think about how you are going to take it slow.

Cacao Coconut Clusters

Oh baby, are these delicious. These taste like Sarris Candies Coconut Clusters. I’m not lying. However, these are better for you and your waistline. Raw cacao is from the beans of the cacao tree. Chocolate is the most popular and well-known byproduct of the cacao plant. Chocolate itself is not what gets us into dietary trouble – it is all the sugar and milk added to it. Raw cacao is actually really good for you. It is full of antioxidants and magnesium.

So, go ahead and indulge.

• Ingredients

2/3 cup almond meal (Grind almonds in a blender.)

2/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

2/3 cup raw cacao powder (Grind raw cacao in a blender. You can find cacao at a health food store.)

4 tablespoons peanut butter

1/2 cup brown rice syrup or agave nectar (start with a little and add until desired texture)

Pinch of sea salt

Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix with a fork. Roll into small balls and serve. Try to eat just one.

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