Since I got home from the first section of my yoga teacher training, I’ve been getting up between 4-5 am each morning for a 40 day sadhana practice. I’ve been practicing the Aquarian Sadhana, which takes me about 2 hours. It’s been very intense, but I only have about 1 week left to go now! I’m amazed by how quickly the time has gone.
Each day when my alarm goes off, I quickly hop out of bed, take a cold shower, put on my white clothing and begin. I start my practice by reading the Japji which takes about 20 minutes, followed by the Nabhi Kriya (yoga movements which focus on your core and 3rd chakra), and lastly end the practice by singing along to the Aquarian mantras, which takes me about 1 hour.
The practice has really required dedication on my behalf, and it’s been completely transformational so far. It’s taken a lot for me to willingly wake up at such an early time, but it’s helped me to experience each day in an entirely new way.
At the beginning of my practice, I was really struggling with the early mornings. Most days I just felt really tired, so I went straight back to bed after Sadhana and slept for a while. And, because of feeling so tired, breakfast was the last thing on my mind. All I wanted was something quick and easy I could eat. I didn’t want to think about what I was going to make that day, I just needed something that was already prepared and ready to be eaten.
Luckily, I knew that energy bites were something I could make ahead of time, and just quickly grab from the kitchen when I felt hungry in the mornings. They have been a real saviour for me! They’re so easy to prepare, and all I’ve had to do is make a batch of them at night, so that my food’s covered for a few days ahead.
I’ve actually become a bit obsessed with energy bites now, as I’ve really enjoyed making them with all sorts of different flavours and ingredients. I try to change up the ingredients with each batch, so that I get to enjoy something different most days. However, I have gradually found myself making more and more of them with orange extract. There’s something I love about the refreshing taste of citrus fruits, and I find that adding them to my energy bites gives them the perfect flavour for breakfast.
So, for these energy bites I used a combination of lemon and orange extract, to really give them a bold, delicious flavour. I absolutely love them! I also used some of my other favourite ingredients in the recipe, like dates, apricots and goji berries, to roll these bites into treats that are really tasty and special.
You can easily make these and save them for up to a week, and then enjoy them as part of your breakfast or for a snack during the day. They’ve really helped me throughout my 40 day practice! I hope you enjoy the recipe.
citrus energy bites
makes about 12
1/2 cup (70g) plain mixed nuts
8 medjool dates (115g)
1/4 cup (30g) goji berries
1/4 cup (50g) unsulphured dried apricots
2 1/2 tbsp almond butter
2 tbsp shelled hemp seeds
2 tbsp milled flax seeds
2 tsp hemp protein powder
1 tsp orange extract
1 tsp lemon extract
- Add the nuts, dates, goji berries, apricots, almond butter, hemp seeds, flax seeds, hemp protein, orange extract, lemon extract and salt into a food processor. Blend all of the ingredients together for a couple of minutes or so, until the mixture has broken down and sticks together between your fingers when you pinch it.
- When this is done, take a small handful of the mixture at a time and press it into a ball. Repeat until all of the mixture has been used up, it should make about 12 bites. Then, serve.