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Acid reflux, resulting in heartburn, is incredibly common these days. In fact, as many as 60 million Americans experience heartburn at least once a month. So if you’re no stranger to some mad, fiery reflux—you are not alone! And, the great news is, there are ways to prevent and treat heartburn that have nothing to do with medications like PPIs or our old friend Pepto.

Recipe: Pumpkin Energy Bites [AIP friendly]

These are a great option for a quick snack, a little pick-me-up pre- or post-workout, or to cure a sweet tooth.

Pumpkin Energy Bites (AIP friendly)

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A little sweet, a little spicy...these energy bites are sure to hit the spot.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried dates
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup collagen powder
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (more if you wish to roll your bites in coconut)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Pinch of sea salt

Directions

  1. Let dates soak for 10 minutes in a small bowl and cover with water, then drain.
  2. Mix all ingredients together thoroughly using a food processor. Pulse until combined and adjust the spices to taste.
  3. Place in the refrigerator to chill for at least 30 minutes before rolling into small balls. If you wish, roll them in crushed coconut. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container. ENJOY!

REMEMBER: Recipes are GUIDELINES! So feel free to modify, taste as you go, and make it your own.

Understanding autoimmunity & how to heal it with nutrition

While autoimmune diseases are common these days, they’re also commonly misunderstood. Their symptoms can sometimes masquerade as other conditions, making them harder to diagnose. And while treating autoimmunity with immune-suppressing drugs is sometimes helpful and necessary, often these treatments merely address the symptoms, not the root cause of autoimmunity. Because the truth is, autoimmunity can be managed and even reversed (yes!) by using nutrition and other lifestyle changes.