Superfood Energy Balls Made Simple

Posted on April 5, 2013. Filed under: Food Made Simple, Health | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

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I love the whole concept of the energy ball or bite (scooped into balls or cut into cubes).  If you have a food processor you can whip these up in a jiffy!  Today’s offering is packed with superfoods.  I find them perfect for a holdover when I’m hungry but I still have a meal to cook, or when I’m having to delay a meal because of an appointment, or even for a super easy, tasty dessert!

These balls have superfood ingredients I ordered from nuts.com which proved to be an economical place to order as well as friendly!  Here is the recipe and the one thing I learned and will do differently next time.

INGREDIENTS

1/2 C. ground almonds

1/2 C. ground pecans

1/4 C. flaxseed meal

1/2 C. unsweetened grated coconut

1 T. maca powder

1/4 C. shelled hemp seed

1 T. mequite powder

1 T. cacao powder

1 T. cracked cell chlorella powder

6 pitted medjool dates

1/4-1/2 C. cashew milk (make super easy by blending soaked raw cashews and water)

Mix all above really thoroughly and then add 1/4 C. tart dried cherries and 1/4 C. cacao nibs for a quick mix.  Then use a small cookie scoop to make about 40 balls.  I rolled them in coconut sugar which became sticky and runny after awhile because of the moisture in the balls.  You would be better off rolling them in coconut or crushed nuts.  Next time!

Just a note about chlorella and it’s cousin, spirulina which I think can be used pretty much interchangeably.  If you smell these powders you may be tempted to throw them out because they are very unappetizing!  Same thing for tasting them all on their own.  But they are worth consuming because these dried algae (yep, basically pond scum!!) are PACKED with amazing health benefits.  In a recipe like this you really will not even know it is there by the taste, but your body will be smiling on a cellular level.  Trust me, it’s worth it!

I’m on about week 4 now of the anti-inflammation eating plan and I feel great!  Mood and energy are up so I’m going to stay with it for awhile.

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Superfood Energy Balls Made Simple

Posted on March 26, 2013. Filed under: Food Made Simple, Health | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

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I have been recently inspired by a book recommendation from my medical doctor:   Superfood Kitchen: Cooking with Nature’s Most Amazing Foods byJulie  Morris

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Ground Almonds (could use any nut) 1 C.

Flaxmeal 1/4 C.

Carob powder 1/4 C.

Green mix of spirulina/chlorella – 1/4 C.

Grated coconut – unsweetened – 1/2 C.

Honey – local, raw – 1/4 C.

Applesauce – organic – 1/4 C.

Cherries – dried, tart – 1/2 C.

Whip everything together in the food processor except the cherries.  Add last for just a quick mix-in, not to chop them up.  Make small balls and roll in more unsweetened coconut (or ground nuts).  Freeze.  Enjoy frozen!

I’m pretty amazed at how you can’t taste the spirulina or chlorella at all.  These energy balls taste great and make you feel great too!  This is an important concept of the book.  That is, an eating experience includes the after affects.  When you eat something that you really enjoy and you feel light, energetic and strong afterward that is the best eating experience!  Today I’m off to get some chia seeds.  I can’t wait to use them and report back.

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