Feeding your body, and your soul

Hi peeps! Sorry for that title “feeding your body, and your soul”, i know its cheesy and so overused. I feel like a cooky yoga teacher just saying it in my head. But it came to me while I was dipping cookie dough bites in chocolate one afternoon and it just stuck.

What I am really trying to say, is that when I started posting my meals on Instagram about a year ago it was to keep myself accountable. This community inspired me to get healthy again. I am so glad I found the #bbgcommunity thanks to Kayla Itsines and I am even more thankful for the connections I have made in the past year. This blog was never something I could have imagined, but it has helped me grow so much.

With that being said, while most of this blog is devoted to feeding your body, this post is about feeding your soul! Some of my favorite ways to feed my soul are yoga, hiking, and hanging out with my friends watching the sunset!

I realized that I had forgotten one of my favorite activities. In highschool I was always baking. I used it to calm myself, to destress and also to procrastinate (some things never change). When I returned home from Argentina last July I was very unhappy with how I felt. I turned to healthy eating and exercise and never looked back..until now.

I still think that healthy eating and exercise are so important! I love a good sweat sesh, and I truly enjoy my smoothies and giant bowls of veggies. However, it was while making these cookie dough bites for a friends birthday that I realized I had forgotten to feed my soul!

Eating healthy keeps my body healthy and feeling its best, and I am so grateful for that. But, baking, real baking with sugar, flour, and (vegan) butter feeds my SOUL! I love it!

I love mixing the ingredients, licking the spatula, and tasting the decadent flavors of a perfect peanut butter cookie or a sweet blueberry muffin. I stopped doing this for a whole year!! I don’t regret stopping, at that point in my life I needed to break up with the unhealthy habits I developed while abroad. But now, a year later, I can feel that I need it back! I am feeding my body with healthy meals and exercise, and my soul with activities like baking and yoga!

Since I have these cookie dough bites to thank for this epiphany I thought I would share the recipe! Feed your body with my green smoothie, and your soul with these bites!

cookie dough bites

Soul filling cookie dough bites:
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 2/4 cup sugar
  • 11/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chipsĀ (I use dairy free)
  • Beat coconut oil and sugar together until well mixed
  • Add in flour, almond milk, vanilla and salt. Mix until well combined.
  • Mix in 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips.
  • Roll in to 1 inch balls and refrigerate for 30 min-1 hr. At this point preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Bake for 8 mins. Balls will flatten on the bottom but should stay mostly round.
  • Refrigerate again for 1 hr – make sure they are cold and firm.
  • Melt the other 1/2 cup of chocolate chips.*
  • Dip the top of the bites in the chocolate. optional: add rainbow sprinkles or another topping to the tops of the bites.
  • Refrigerate until chocolate is set and forms a hard shell!

*I use the double boiling method. Heat 1 inch of water in a skillet. Place the chocolate chips in a glass bowl in the water. Stir continuously as chocolate melts.

I would love to hear how all of you find the balance to feed your body, and your soul! Leave a comment letting me know what your favorite activities or recipes are!