I think the thing I struggle with the most is finding enough energy to help me get through the day. I have been finding myself reaching for more and more coffee, partially because I just love it, but mostly because I’m tired. If you’re new to my page, I am a full-time ICU nurse. That in itself is exhausting, and not because we’re on our feet all day, but the mental exhaustion is killer. Constantly wondering if your patient is going to respond to treatment, or not. Or are you working with one of those families that refuses to accepts that these machines are doing more harm than good; that no matter what treatment we do to your loved one…they aren’t coming back. I tell you what, it’s truly hard.
Do I have any other nurses that follow me or read my posts? If so, then you know what I’m talking about, it’s ROUGH. But, while we’re saving lives, helping patients pass, playing social worker and therapist we are also continually on the move. You have this doctor asking you about their patient, another asking about someone else, then speech wanting to work with your patient, and imaging is trying to schedule your patient for some kind of scan, or three. There’s the physical therapist trying to debate with you on whether their ready, lab is calling you with critical results and all you want to do is sit down and chart a few things. #WhosWithMe
Anyway, my point to all of this is as a nurse you don’t have a lot of time to sit down and eat full on meals, or even drink a warm cup of coffee. I mean it’s kind of like mom life when your kids are coming at you from different directions and all you hear is “Mom I need this. Mom she did that. Mom it’s not fair, Mom. Mom…”. I swear all of this is exhausting and I’m constantly searching for that holy grail of energy. I have to admit, for as much coffee as I drink you’d think I’d be wired. Nope, I can’t tell you how many times I have fallen asleep on the couch, coffee in hand. Ha!
You may remember my Matcha Smoothie post a while back. I shared the benefits of Matcha and why it’s such a great source of energy. It’s long sustaining, natural energy without the crash of caffeine in coffee or soda. Because of this I have been finding ways to incorporate this into my daily routine. So, besides smoothies I love incorporating Matcha into my energy bites. These are perfect for those days on the go, working in the hospital or just busy around the house with the girls. It’s the perfect pop ’em in and go go snack.
I have been working and perfecting this recipe you guys and I am so glad I did…You are going to LOVE THEM!! So below I’m sharing the recipe for these quick, easy bite-sized goodness! I use the Organic Evolution Matcha, both green tea and beet juice. This one with beet juice is so good and I love the color it gives! Organic Evolution’s Matcha Beet is a heart health powerhouse. Matcha gives you antioxidants, and beet naturally contains nitrates which your body metabolizes into nitric oxide. Nitric oxide can help with blood flow and overall heart health.
Matcha Energry Balls with Organic Evolution
Makes 12 balls, 3 per 1 serving
1/2 C Almond Flour
4 Tbsp Peanut Butter, I used Maranatha
4 Tbsp Raw Honey
2 Tbsp Shredded Cocnut, unsweetend
2 Tbsp Organic Evolution Matcha, I used + beet juice
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until well incorporated. Form in to balls, set on a plate and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Calories: 205 // Fat 12g // Carbs 23.1 // Protein 4.4
These are the perfect grab and go snack for anyone. I like to grab 2-3 at a time and I’m ready to keep going.
I hope you love this recipe as much as I do! Thank you so much for stopping by!