Back to School Snack Attack Idea

7 Sep
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Back to School Snack-Attack!

I’m having a hard time believing it’s already back to school!

My daughter is in Senior Kindergarden this year. She is looking forward to seeing her friends and teachers (unlike last year!).

To ensure that she has stable blood sugar and avoid a ‘hangry’ episode they act either as a snack before school or during the day, I pack her ‘energy balls’. There are so many versions of these out there. What I like about these is that they are no-bake (fast!), gluten-free, nut-free and vegan!

Here’s our back to school snack recipe for Energy Balls:

  • 2 cups of gluten free oats
  • 2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seeds
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 cup sunflower seed butter
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup dairy free chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of sea salt

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Refrigerate for 10 minutes then roll into balls. They can also be kept in the freezer in air tight containers.

-Kirsten Almon, Naturopathic Doctor in Mississauga at Erin Mills Optimum Health

Dr. Kirsten Almon
In life as in clinical experience, Dr. Kirsten Almon believes that each person must be assessed on 3 levels… mind, body, and spirit. She believes that symptoms are warning signals of improper functioning of the body and when ignored, can result in chronic disease.

She has a naturopathic Family Practice with special interest and training in fertility (helping couples conceive naturally as well as improving outcomes for couples using assisted reproductive technology), pregnancy, birth, postpartum and pediatric care. She loves seeing children for “naturopathic well child visits” and consults on common issues such as food introduction, how to avoid colds, flus and ear infections. She works along side of Midwives, Obstetricians and MDs while attending births as a Doula.

Her practice tools include clinical nutrition, homeopathy and drainage, acupuncture, herbs and detoxification. Dr. Almon is also trained in Craniosacral therapy and Applied kinesiology.

Dr. Almon is the co-author and instructor of a Doula course specifically designed for Naturopathic Doctors and teaches across Canada.

Dr. Almon enjoys living a naturopathic lifestyle with her husband Doug Andrews ND, daughter Evelyn and son Callum. Activities include playing ultimate frisbee, doing yoga, meditation and Dr Almon especially enjoys swimming in near-freezing ocean waters.

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” RW. Emerson.

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