Magnolias are one of the first spring flowers to bloom. I sat in my favorite Seattle garden and watched these delicate flowers birth into beautiful petals and then “die” and recycle into the earth.
The spring is all about the energy to reawaken, rebirth and re-blossom into an energetic and honest being. It’s the time to break away from the hermit shell and open our arms to next cycle of life.
Well, let me apologize that this post is not timely since the magnolias bloomed weeks ago. But, it’s been interesting noticing the energy and (and lack of) for this spring. Although we want to go, go, go, sometimes we need to stay grounded so that we don’t float off planet earth. Anyways, April and May had fluctuating times, moments of highs and lows topped with confusion on what to do next. I felt the energy switch as quickly as these petals fell to the ground.
I guess that’s part of life, right?
What is most interesting is that the Magnolia tree is one of the oldest trees known to planet earth. Scientists have found its fossil remains dating back 35 to 58 million years ago. There are many varieties that exist between Asia and the Americas, but got its name "Magnolia" in the 18th Century. Herbalists used the bark medicinally and have been used to treat serious illnesses like typhoid fever.
Magnolias are special to Seattle since it is one of the "hill" neighborhoods.
I spent time analyzing these flowers, which inspired me to create energy balls. Lately, I also craved something with cherries and cashews. The flower’s center looks exactly like the common energy bite. Without energy, we lose our core and essence.
The best part about creating energy bites is that there is no wrong recipe. There are thousands of flavor combinations one can create. All you need is a mix of dry and “wet” or sticky ingredients.
Without junk or refined sugar, and naturally sweetened, this is the perfect workday snack. You can also double or triple the recipe to stock up on the bites.
I tend to make recipes in a small batch to serve those want to eat fresh on a consistent basis. It doesn’t get any easier than throwing the ingredients into the blender. With just five-ingredients, it should not take you anymore than five minutes to make this recipe! Enjoy!
5 Ingredient Vegan Cashew Cherry Energy Bites
Prep time: 5 minutes
Makes 9 Energy Bites
½ cup dried cherries
1/3 cup raw cashews
¼ tsp vanilla
1 tsp flax meal (or seed)
Optional sixth ingredient: 1 tbsp raw sunflower seeds
Place the cashews into the blender and pulse several times to break down the nuts. Place the remaining ingredients into the blender and mix until the ingredients combine and “stick” together. With clean hands and slightly damp palms, grab a finger-full of the mixture and roll it around in your palms until it forms a circle. Press your palms gently together to form the ball. Repeat the same pattern with the rest of the “dough.”
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Elizabeth Rae Kovar M.A. is Author of her memoir, Finding Om and is a Fitness Trainer, Yogi, Reiki Master, Presenter and Lover of Life. To view her portfolio please visit www.elizabethkovar.com