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Mango Bliss Balls

These treats are delicious for dessert or breakfast! The original recipe called for dried apricots but since I had dried mango on hand, I substituted.  Be sure to use organic for all ingredients as conventional fruits and nuts contains toxic preservatives. Nuts, especially walnuts, can also contain BHT as a preservative which has to been linked to increased risk of cancer. Dried fruits may contain sulphur dioxide (sulfites) which has been linked to respiratory issues.  The #1 Rule is to read ingredient labels and buy organic!

1 c of dried organic apricots or mango

1 c. pitted dates

1/2 c raw organic almonds

1/2 c raw organic cashews

1/2 c raw organic walnuts

Set aside 1/2-2/3 cup of pure shredded organic coconut flakes

Place all the items in a bowl (except coconut flakes) and pour boiling water over until covered.  Let soak for 15 minutes, drain and add to a food processor.  Mix until everything is finely chopped. Roll into small balls and roll in coconut. Store in the refrigerator.  Makes about 20-30 balls (depending on the size that you roll them).

 

Coconut Cacao Snowballs

Coconut Cacao Snowballs

These make a wonderful sweet treat for those needing an energy boost or a sweet fix plus they are so good for you. The benefits of this snacks powerhouse ingredients are featured below.

Ingredients:

  •  1 cup raw almonds (soaked preferably)
  • 12 pitted medjool dates
  • 1/4 cup cacao nibs
  •  1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup +2 tablespoons shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 cup Chia seeds

Preparation:

  1. Set aside the 2 tablespoons shredded coconut in a small plate. Place all ingredients into food processor or Vitamix and blend for 1 to 2 min., until the mixture becomes similar to very fine sticky pebbles.
  2. About a teaspoon at a time, roll into 1 inch balls and dipped in shredded coconut to lightly cover entire ball.
  3. Enjoy

Serving Size: 1 ball | Calories: 124 | Total Fat: 7 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 1 mg | Total Carbohydrate: 15 g | Dietary Fiber: 3 g | Sugars: 11 g | Protein: 3 g

Here is why these delicious snacks are a nutritional powerhouse:

Almonds are a nutrient-dense food in the nut family, they are a rich source of fiber and protein, omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids, calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, zinc, copper, selenium, and niacin, and of course, vitamin E, an important antioxidant that helps to neutralize free radicals.  Note:  I always recommend you soak your almonds in filtered water for about 8-10 hours, rinse and drain before consumption.

Dates are a great source of fiber and protein, dates are also rich in mood and energy boosting B-vitamins, iron, heart-healthy potassium, and thanks to their naturally occurring sugars, provide a great energy boost. Dates also contain antioxidants known as tannins, which have anti-infective and anti-inflammatory properties.

Cacao Nibs are a good for you & delicious chocolate because it is nutrient and antioxidant-dense. Cacao contains neurotransmitters that are associated with a healthy mood: serotonin, dopamine, and phenylethylamine. Cacao has also been linked to improved cardiovascular health, containing polyphenols – the same beneficial antioxidants found in red wine. The key to remember here is cacao (the raw completely natural and unprocessed form of chocolate) is the good stuff – not the processed bar that you’re buying at the store.

Coconut Oil is always highly recommended by me as it’s a rich source of healthy fats that has been linked to enhanced  metabolism, immune system, and blood sugar stabilization, amongst other things. I’ve spoken at length about my love affair with coconut oil. You can get yourself some and learn more about how great it is here.

Unsweetened Shredded Coconut is just as great as coconut oil because coconut oil is a by product of coconut meat (which is what the shreds are).

Chia Seeds are another favorite of mine, they are a great source of fiber, calcium, protein, omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. Plus, they aid in retaining hydration. I’ve written about chia seeds before, you can read more about them here.