1.Oats: Oats aid in the production of GABA. Around 3-4oz. of whole oats provides 3.7 grams of GABA. GABA is calming to the body and is involved in the production of endorphins. A deficiency in GABA can lead to headaches, hypertension, heart palpations and seizures. Oats can also help regulate blood sugar levels.
2.Coconut: Coconut is a great source of omega-3. Using parts of the coconut such as coconut flakes, coconut milk, or coconut oil can add essential fatty acids to your diet. Coconuts are antiviral, antibacterial, and ant parasitic, meaning they kill harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites (Dansereau, 2012). It can also help with lice, throat infections, urinary tract infections, tapeworm, herpes, bronchitis, and numerous other microbial ailments.
3. Flax: Flax is another great source of omega-3. They also contain magnesium. Magnesium is a mood stabilizer because it regulates electrical stability of cell membranes. A deficiency in magnesium can be caused by stress, excessive calcium intake, dietary insufficiency, hypothyroidism, or insulin resistance can cause depression (Bauman, 2012).
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Yield: About 3 dozen
- 1 cup oats
- 2/3 cup coconut flakes
- 1/2 cup peanut butter or almond butter
- 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
- 1/2 cup cacao nibs (optional)
- 1/3 cup honey or pure maple syrup
- 1 Tbsp. chia seeds (optional)
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you would like. (Mine were about 1" in diameter.) Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.
Makes about 20-25 balls.
Adapted from Gimme Some Oven by Ali