Called the “rejuvenator” in Ayurvedic medicine, ashwagandha is used as a tonic to calm nerves, but it can also help fight fatigue, thanks to its active alkaloid-based compounds. Pair it with protein-rich ingredients, which have a grounding effect, such as protein powder, nut butter, and cacao nibs. (They can also help mask the woody flavor.) Look for the herb in ground powder form at health-food stores.

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  • 1 cup plain old-fashioned oats
  • ½ cup vanilla or plain protein powder
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • ¼ cup chopped salted almonds
  • ¼ cup cacao nibs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ashwagandha powder


  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Roll into balls; refrigerate to set. Store at room temperature or refrigerated for up to 1 week.
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