Chocolate Coconut Energy Balls: Protein-Rich And Delicious!

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I was recently experimenting with my favorite chocolate protein powder and came up with a super yummy recipe I think (hope) you’re going to love! These Chocolate Coconut Energy Balls are protein-rich, healthful and keto-friendly. They are excellent for a grab-and-go snack on the run. I made a batch this weekend and took them to Emma’s all-day volleyball tournament. She loved the chocolatey taste and David and I enjoyed them too!

They are quick and easy to make and keep well in the fridge. Feel free to add other ingredients to suit your health goals and taste buds. Here are some ideas for add-ins:

  • dark chocolate chips
  • old-fashioned oats
  • hemp seeds
  • chopped nuts
  • pumpkin seeds
  • dried cranberries

The possibilities are endless!

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Ingredients

Chocolate Coconut Energy Balls

1 cup natural nut butter, smooth or creamy (I used peanut butter)
2-3 T. honey
2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
1 ½ cups MorelliFit Grass-Fed Whey Protein Isolate
2 T. chia seeds
3-6 T. water

Heat nut butter and honey for 30 seconds in the microwave and stir. Add all other ingredients and mix everything together. You want them to stick together so you can roll them into balls. You can add more water to adjust the texture.

Roll them into balls. Place them on a parchment paper-covered cookie sheet or platter. Then put them in the fridge for at least an hour to set.

These are great on the go, muscle-building post-workout or delicious for those times when you’re craving chocolate! 

Related: 12 Surprising Health Benefits Of Chia Seeds

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Chocolate Coconut Energy Balls

Great Deal On Protein Powder

If you’d like to try a high-quality, delicious protein powder here’s a link to my favorite:  MorelliFit 100% Grass-Fed Whey Protein

Be sure to use my code: HEALTHYLIFE to get an extra 15% off!


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25 Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes That Inspire

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Born in Atlanta, Georgia on January 15th, 1929, Martin Luther King Jr. was committed to the cause of equality for African-Americans. His work altered the course of the nation and his life has inspired so many people in search of freedom and equality.

On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous I Have A Dream speech. Some of the most remembered words from those days include the following:

“Free at last, free at last. Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

Every time I read these words my mind turns to an image Martin Luther King Jr. standing at a podium at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. as he gives this historic speech. You can watch him giving his I Have A Dream speech here. CNN asserts that he gave an impressive 450 speeches a year and wrote five books over his lifetime. On April 4th, 1968, he was assassinated while in Memphis, Tennessee but his powerful words continue to resound with Americans today.

Below you will find 25 of his most dynamic and inspirational quotes.

25 Inspirational Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes

1. “The true neighbor will risk his position, his prestige and even his life for the welfare of others.”

2. “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

3. “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.”

4. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

5. “Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.”

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6. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

7. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

8. “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”

9. “We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.”

10. “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.”

11. “He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.”

12. “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

13. “Only in the darkness can you see the stars.”

14. “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.”

15. “Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.”

16. “I came to that conclusion that there is that existential moment in your life when you must decide to speak for yourself; Nobody else can speak for you.”

17. “The soft-minded man always fears change. He feels security in the status quo, and he has an almost morbid fear of the new. For him, the greatest pain is the pain of a new idea.”

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. giving his “I Have a Dream” speech during the March on Washington in Washington, D.C., on 28 August 1963.

18. “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right.”

19. “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”

20. “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”

21. “Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

22. “Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.”

23. “Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a constant attitude.”

24. “Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.”

25. “No person has the right to rain on your dreams.”


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The Quick Guide To Daily Detoxification The Natural Way

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Toxins are a very real problem in our everyday lives. Continual exposure to these harmful compounds can have a negative impact on your health. In addition, they can cause an array of symptoms including aching pains, digestive problems, chronic fatigue, allergies, depression, skin issues, migraines and disease. Consequently, it is crucial to understand what you are dealing with and to how rid your body of these toxins.

Where Do Toxins Come From?

Examples of toxins include:

Many people think detoxing is difficult or time-consuming. Even so, that doesn’t need to be the case.

I prefer to view detoxification as an ongoing way of life instead of something you only do once or twice a year. In fact, there are many natural ways to cleanse your body from the bad stuff every single day.

Detoxification And Cleansing Your Body The Simple, Natural Way

  1. Rest your organs through regular intermittent fasting.
  2. Drink water with lemon.
  3. Get more exercise and sweat out the toxins.
  4. Get a deep tissue massage or use a foam roller for self-massage.
  5. Drink green tea.
  6. Sweat in a sauna like this far infrared, portable sauna that I use and love.
  7. Avoid environmental toxins, like EMFs.
  8. Take (and eat) probiotics because they replenish your gut with good bacteria that can kill the toxic and harmful bad bacteria.
  9. Oil pulling
  10. Eat more superfoods. These include carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, kale, oranges, apples, salmon, broccoli, nuts and seeds, beets, watermelon, pumpkin, garlic and cauliflower.
  11. Eat more fiber.
  12. Focus on the positive.
  13. Dry brush your skin. This is the dry brush I use.
  14. Eat more fruits and vegetables because they are full of fiber and antioxidants which cleanse your body.
  15. Hydrotherapy – First, take a very hot shower for 3 to 5 minutes; then follow that with a blast of cold water for 30 seconds to one minute.
  16. Eliminate simple carbohydrates, including white flour.
  17. Cut out refined sugar.
  18. Use natural home remedies (when possible) as opposed to pharmaceutical drugs.
  19. Take several slow, deep cleansing breaths, in through your nose and out through your mouth.
  20. Take vitamin C since it helps your body produce glutathione, a natural detoxifier.
  21. Get adequate sleep.

Related: 16 Quick Tips To Help You Sleep Better Tonight

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Detox Organics

Another excellent option to eliminate toxins is Detox Organics. Each scoop provides an amazing 10 pounds of fruits and vegetables and:

  • is 100% organic
  • boosts your immune system
  • reduces inflammation
  • boosts energy
  • supports digestion
  • alkalizes your body
  • promotes fat loss
  • eliminates tummy bloat

Don’t miss the yummy recipe for Flourless Chocolate Detox Cupcakes above!

If you’d like to purchase Detox Organics, please follow this link: Detox Organics supplement

Also, be sure to use my coupon code for an extra 15% off at checkout: HEALTHY LIFE


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Setting and Maintaining Your New Year’s Nutrition Goals

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The new year is here, which means it’s time to buckle down and get started on your resolutions. If one of your resolutions was to lose weight or eat a healthier diet, this means setting nutritional goals and sticking to them. As anyone who has ever done it can tell you, changing the way you eat is hard but can be done with a little dedication and a few easy tricks that will help you stick to your plan.

Here’s everything you need to know about setting and maintaining nutritional goals in the new year.

Setting and Maintaining Your New Year’s Nutrition Goals

1. Goal Setting

The first and most important part of changing your nutrition is deciding what your goals are. When doing this, it can be tempting to start looking for prefabricated diet plans claiming to be the ideal solution for everyone. However, it’s important to understand at the outset that the best plan for you is the one you’ll actually stick to and that best fits your goals.

As such, it’s generally best to avoid looking for one-size-fits-all diets. If you pick a diet that isn’t best for your body and your goals, you’ll have a hard time sticking to it and won’t maximize the health benefits of adopting a new diet. If you can’t decide what dietary regimen is right for you, consider talking to your doctor or a certified nutritionist who can make some recommendations that are in line with what you want to achieve.

It’s also important that your goals be both specific and realistic. Non-specific goals have very little value, as you can’t measure progress adequately. For instance, deciding to lose 25 pounds over the year is better than simply resolving to lose weight, since it has a measurable threshold for success.

Unrealistic goals, meanwhile, are tantamount to self-sabotage. Once you set and fail to live up to an unrealistic set of goals, you’ll likely lose your motivation and stop trying to change your habits altogether.

In addition to being somewhat personalized, therefore, your goals should be as specific as possible and reasonably achievable.

2. How To Stick To Your Goals

Plan It Out

Once you’ve decided on a set of goals for yourself, it’s time to put yourself to work on reaching them. Remaining consistent is everything when it comes to weight loss and health in general, so it’s critical that you’re able to maintain your plan over the long haul.

One of the best ways to do this is to set small but important milestones. If your goal is to lose weight, for instance, your first small milestone might be losing three pounds in the first month of the year. Though it’s a small accomplishment, you should actually celebrate it and reward yourself for it, since doing so will give you positive feedback and motivation to continue for the rest of the year.

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An accountability partner can help you stay on track with your nutrition goals.

Hold Yourself Accountable To An Accountability Partner

Another very effective method of maintaining your action toward your goals is to find an accountability partner. An accountability partner is someone with whom you’ve shared your goal and who will check you on a regular basis to make sure that you’re staying on top of it.

If possible, try to find a partner with similar goals to your own so you can help each other. Having an accountability partner introduces a psychological incentive for you to keep up with the goals you’ve set for yourself, as failure to do so will mean actually telling someone else you haven’t done what you said you were going to do. Though it may seem like a small matter, an accountability partner can give you the extra little push you need to stay consistent.

The Takeaway

These are just a few of the ways you can set and maintain your goals. Be sure you devote some time to setting your goals. Good goals will keep your motivated, while poorly set goals will ultimately backfire and prevent you from achieving your nutritional and health goals for the year.

Once you’ve come up with a set of well-structured goals, success is just a matter of sticking to them every day and maintaining your progress.

British Solomon is a contributing writer and media specialist for Clean Juice. She regularly produces content for a variety of health and lifestyle blogs.


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The Hidden Dangers of EMF Exposure in the Home

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There is so much buzz about EMF exposure in the news lately. If you’re familiar with the term EMFs you probably know they are electromagnetic fields. And we can be exposed to them through:

  • anything electric, such as electrical appliances, power outlets and extension cords
  • microwave ovens
  • wireless communications, like cell phones and wireless routers
  • old metal plumbing
  • power lines
  • possibly smartwatches, such as the Apple Watch

But did you realize that continued EMF exposure can cause serious health problems and even lead to premature death? Because of this, it’s crucial to identify where these threats lurk so you can protect yourself.

Hidden Dangers Of EMFs In the Home

EMF exposure is very much an unexplored area. We have a clear understanding of high-frequency EMFs as the effects of these are visible. For example, if we stay in the sun too long we get sunburned, and we will take measures to avoid exposure.

However, as outlined in the infographic below from Half Price, we don’t pay nearly enough attention to the effect of low-frequency EMFs. We are exposed to them every single day with some people believing that rather than effecting a person immediately, their impact is felt over time.

EMF Recommendations

Of course, it’s impossible to completely limit our exposure to EMFs, but we should at least be aware of EMF levels in common household items. When you consider that the Environmental Protection Agency recommends a maximum exposure of 0.5 mg to 2.5 mg, and many of the most common household items expose you to levels far greater than that on a daily basis, there is every reason to be concerned.

Doing simple things like unplugging devices when not using them can make a big difference. Even occasionally having a digital detox should help avoid health issues associated with low-frequency EMF exposure. Find out more in the infographic below.

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The Hidden Dangers Of EMFs In The Home (Infographic)

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