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S E A S O N A L R E C I P E NO-BAKE CHOCOL ATE PEPPERMINT BALLS

DAVE DINH CPT, LASER SPECIALIST, MASSAGE THERAPIST

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MEDICAL MESSAGE Dave is a certified Massage Therapist and Body Worker who believes that receiving regular massage will reduce stress and bring balance into our hectic lives by helping to unwind and relax the mind and body, improving sleep patterns, aiding in learning and memory, and regulating hormones and metabolism. Dave is also a Holistic Personal Trainer from the National College of Exercise Professionals (NCEP) and is our Deep Tissue Laser Specialist in the Redondo Beach clinic. Dave worked as an exercise specialist since 2015. He is very passionate about healing the human body with Massage and Bodywork.

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10 tbsp cocoa powder 6 tbsp maple syrup

• 1/4 cup almond butter (use sunbutter for nut free) • 1/4 cup unflavored pea protein powder • ½ tsp peppermint extract • 1/4 tsp sea salt • 2-4 tbsp crushed candy canes • 2-4 tbsp dairy free chocolate chips (optional)

Directions Put everything except the candy cane or cacao nibs, chocolate chips and water into a bowl and mix well. Slowly add water if needed (You may not need any water if your almond butter is runny). Start with a teaspoon and slowly add until you get a well mixed batter. If you add too much then the batter will be too soft to roll. Add the candy canes/ cacao nibs and chocolate chips and mix again. Allow to chill in the fridge while you clean up, then roll into balls.

Recipe:https://www.veggiesdontbite.com/no-bake-chocolate-peppermint-protein-balls

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SAMANTHA DOMENICK, PEAK FITNESS DIRECTOR

When coupled with other kinds of physical therapy, medical massage can do a lot of good for your overall health. While muscle relaxation is the best-known benefit of massage, it also helps bring your body into an optimal place of alignment, which can naturally improve your posture. Massage helps boost your immune system’s natural defenses, and specific targeted techniques unbind your muscles to break up scar tissue. Contact us to schedule a massage with our Medical Massage Therapist.

Samantha received her Bachelors in Kinesiology: Pre- Physical Therapy from California State University Dominguez Hills in 2014. With an affinity for all things health and wellness, she is a NASM certified personal trainer and Precision Nutrition coach. Samantha runs the Peak Fitness program in the Palos Verdes clinic. She is also currently enrolled in the Physical Therapy Assistant program at Cerritos Community College.

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