As I was nearing my due date, the only thing that acquired my mind was the thought of painful labor. Let’s face it; giving birth is not an easy process. With my first baby, I had an epidural, and though I didn’t feel much pain, the after-effects were terrifying. There was so much weakness and numbness in my body that I didn’t even feel like eating. So with the second one, I decided to go all-natural. And these bliss balls helped me throughout this journey.
Making a Plan Helps
To my surprise, I succeeded in implementing my birth plan, many thanks to my midwife. I would suggest anyone with low-risk pregnancy to go with a midwife rather than an obstetrician or gynecologist. They are really good at making you bear the labor pains. Make a birth plan just like a workout plan or a diet plan. It helps your mind adapt to the uncomforting facts relating to it. You would want to go through it frequently to make a strong imprint on your mind. Preparing mind in advance boosts you with self-motivation in an hour of need. At least this is what worked for me.
Also, there is one more thing that I would suggest. Have people that are super supportive emotionally and physically. I had my husband and my mom by my side all the time. My husband kept offering his hand when I needed to walk around or bend down to bear the pains. And my mom kept offering me fresh, energizing foods to keep up my strength.
One such food was today’s recipe, Bliss Balls, which my mom and I had prepared a week in advance. You can check out my Blueberry Banana Oatmeal bowl recipe for more quick breakfast and snack ideas.
Bliss Balls as an easy and healthy snack option
The protein balls were my favorite snack buddies in the labor room as well as post-delivery to uplift my physical power. These tasty protein-packed balls helped fill in the nutritional gaps for a healthy recovery. Every ingredient in this recipe is a superfood, and incredibly nourishing. Laddoo or Indian version of Bliss Balls is a famous snack option during post-delivery. But many consume it otherwise for some quick energy. There are many types of laddoos that one can prepare like atte ke laddoo or pinni, besan laddoo, boondi or motichoor laddoo, coconut laddoo, gaund ke laddoo, kale til (bllack sesame) laddoo, til ke (white sesame seeds) laddoo sonth and methi laddoo, and ragi oats laddoo.
So I would highly encourage you to eat these energy bites as a recovery or pick me up snack after a strenuous physical activity. Carry them while traveling, as it can be easily packed up in a mini lunch box. My five year old loves munching on this when in a hurry. You can even arrange this for your child’s school lunch. If your child’s school is a nut-free zone, then substitute nuts in this recipe. Read on to find the ways to prepare this yummy and super healthy snack according to various preferences.
A word on Yoga Day
On the occasion of International Yoga Day, I must make special mention of my favorite form of exercise. I have been doing yoga ever since I was a young child. Yoga helped me to fight childhood obesity and gave me the mental strength to focus on my studies. As I stepped into adulthood, yoga became an even more important part of my daily routine.
I worked out almost seven times a week during my college years. Oh, I do miss my body during those years. But anyway motherhood has taught me to embrace all my imperfections. And yoga was once a week ritual then. I have always been in touch with my yoga practice and thankfully as I transitioned towards motherhood, it’s all because of yoga that I was able to experience a healthy pregnancy as well as a smooth natural delivery. Yoga is the best form of exercise for any given stage of life. From a child to a senior citizen, from a young teenage girl to a woman nearing menopause, yoga is suitable for almost everyone.
Yoga not only helps you stay physically fit but helps you with inner work as well. Meditation, a technique derived out of yoga has helped cure so many illnesses. There is not one but innumerable benefits of yoga. I have immensely benefited from doing my yoga practice and would encourage as many people as possible. The world becomes even a better place when everyone is physically and mentally healthy. Yoga is definitely one such way to stay strong and healthy.
- 200 g Quick Rolled Oats
- 10-12 Pitted Medjool Dates
- 2 tbsp Choice of Nut Butter
- As per need for coating the balls Coconut Flakes
- As per need for coating the balls Green Matcha/Moringa Powder
- As per need for coating the balls Hemp/Chia Seeds
- As per need for coating the balls Cacao Powder
- Soak the Medjool dates in water overnight or 5-6 hours in hot water. When they become super soft, then we are ready to go ahead with our recipe.
- In a large mixing bowl, mash the softened Medjool dates using a fork or a masher. Alternatively, you can also puree' the dates in a blender or a food processor to get a smoother texture.
- Add rolled oats and choice of nut butter to the bowl and mix everything thoroughly.
- Mix everything thoroughly; then the mixture is ready to go in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours.
- After refrigeration, the mixture will firm up, and now we can start making our energy balls. Roll balls into desirable size, I would recommend making them small bite-sized.
- Once the mixture has been rolled out into balls, we can now use coconut flakes, cacao powder, hemp/chia seeds, and green matcha/moringa powder to coat the balls.
- I used organic unsalted creamy peanut butter due to it's higher protein content. But if you prefer the taste of almond or cashew butter, then feel free to use that. You can also chose to go with crunchy rather than creamy variety.
- I used the ingredients mentioned above to cover the balls. However, you can virtually use any choice of ingredients. Slivered almonds, orange peel powder, spirulina powder, or even melted dark chocolate balance the flavors ideally in this particular recipe. However, I would highly recommend using coconut flakes as a main ingredient too.
- Also, please note that the nutritional index for each ball will vary when using different ingredients for coating. For example, hemp seeds coated ball will have higher protein content, whereas moringa powder-coated ball will have higher iron content.
- If you want to make this recipe nut-free due to the school's restrictions or allergies, then use 1/2 tablespoon coconut/olive/avocado oil to substitute for nut butter. Store in an airtight container up to 2 weeks in the fridge.