Why is it incredibly difficult to make wise food choices when there is no motivation behind it?
Why is it so hard to stick at anything that's good and great if we don't have the right motivation?
When we're pulled in so many directions, everything can become a bit, well frankly, fragmented. When was the last time you were able to finish a thought without five others playing knock-down-ginger? With our lives being so predominantly full, and the most frequently used response to how are you? in text, email, call or in person being, busy. When tiredness, restlessness or any other hurdle comes it can seem torturous even thinking of adding your self-inflicted, "goal".
As our wise Business Coach recently shared, 'when the motivation to do or change something is anchored in something emotional and strong, it has the weight to keep it firmly in it's place.' The anchors would be the 'whys'... Why are you trying to make a supplementing income on the side? Weak anchor: 'I like the idea of earning more money.' Strong anchor: 'When I think of the long-term, I would like to shift gears in my life and make more time for friends and family, creating memories with them and having spare money will fulfill that.' We have attached a strong emotional hold to a desire that could so easily be be tossed to the wayside when days become tiresome and mindsets feel fragile. This elevates the way we look at our hearts desires.
As we delve deeper into pondering this motivation-anchor link this week, we invited the perfect company:
This incredible cookie recipe altered from pickuplimes.com not only look goods - they are good. Not just in the way of taste buds, but nutritionally a wiser, more wholesome choice. We exchanged the peanut butter for our nutty gold, cashew butter.
Cashew Nut Benefits
✔ Magnesium is critical to a healthy mood and nervous system. You get 83 mg of magnesium per ounce of cashews, a higher magnesium intake is associated with better mental health, according to a January 2009 “The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry” study.
✔ The Vitamin B6 in cashews helps with the uptake of serotonin in the body as well. Both Vitamin B6 and tryptophan work to create a relaxed state that helps fight a sour or anxious mood.
Cashew Butter Cookie Recipe
In addition to exchanging peanut for cashew butter we also added chia seeds. The texture created is so satisfying, the density keeps you full and we were incredibly happy with the shot of energy! If you're looking for something to satisfy a sweet craving, these chewy, dense and textured cookies are high on our list! Give the recipe a go and let us know your thoughts:
INGREDIENTS 2 super ripe medium bananas 1/3 cup (85 g) cashew butter 1/2 tsp (3 ml) pure vanilla extract 2 cups gluten-free quick oats 2 Tbsp (30 g) dried cranberries, coarsely chopped 2 Tbsp (10 g) roasted shredded coconut flakes** 2 Tbsp (15 g) chopped dairy-free dark chocolate 1/4 cup chia seeds
Preheat the oven to 350 F/ 180 C.
Mash the bananas well in a large bowl. Then add the cashew nut butter and vanilla extract, stirring until combined before adding the remaining ingredients.
Divide into 12, roll into balls and then press down to make a cookie shape. Place on a cookie tray lined with baking paper.
Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the tops turn golden.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 2 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
Grab some of our Cashew Nut Butter here and whip up a batch of these heaven drops, tag #balancebutter and let us know how much you enjoyed them!