Being a mom is HARD work! I never realized just how draining it can be until actually diving into motherhood myself. You have to be selfless at times. You have to put your children’s basic needs before your own. You have to wake up a million times a night to coax your child back to sleep, nurse, get him/her a drink of water, comfort him/her when bad dreams arise, the list goes on… I honestly think that part of being human is the desire to be selfish. I’m not saying we aren’t wired to care for and help others – but it’s hard not to want to put ourselves first when it comes to basic needs (I’m talking eating, sleeping, going to the bathroom…). It’s primal instinct – the basics of survival.
Our baby isn’t sleeping through the night. In fact, lately he’s been waking every 2 hours. I have to sacrifice my own sleep to feed him or calm him down and it’s hard. I get frustrated. I don’t want to wake up when I’ve just fed him 2 hours ago. I want to rest my body and my mind so that I can be a better mom the following day. When he gets hungry/upset/needy during the day, I have to put my own desires on hold and take care of his needs first. See what I mean? It’s HARD! And when you combine the lack of sleep with any other inconvenience life can seem so much more difficult than it actually is (I don’t function well without sleep).
I feel the need to share bits and pieces of my life like this because I think many of you can relate, whether or not you have children or people you take care of on a daily basis. I don’t think this makes us bad parents/people but it’s something that is completely human. I love my kids more than anything and they give my life more meaning than I could ever ask for. But do I get exhausted and want to be away from them at times? Absolutely! Do I miss them every second they’re away and feel like the house is much to quite? Definitely.
Okay, so what does this even have to do with Cinnamon Roll Energy Bites? Well, to be honest, there isn’t much of a connection except the fact that these are quick, tasty treats that you can grab when you’re in a rush or limited on time but need some fuel. Preparing snacks like these for the week ahead and storing them in my fridge makes my life so much easier when I don’t have time to fix a meal before tending to my children. Hanger is definitely a thing and snacks like these Cinnamon Roll Energy Bites help keep that monster at bay 😉
Enough talk for now. Let’s get to the recipe for these grain-free, Paleo and Vegan friendly energy bites.
Makes 8-10 balls
*Can substitute vegan protein