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Choc Chilli Protein Balls

Protein-balls

Makes: 20 balls

KAPOW! These little ‘pack a punch’ protein balls are our latest healthy treat creation, laden with sustaining goodness to fill that lengthy in between meal gap. With just enough chilli to give your metabolism a boost and plenty of cacao to kick free-radicals to the curb, you’ll be eyeing off the last of these beauties too quick for your likening. Try not to eat them all in one go, if you can possibly refrain.

Make a heap and throw them in the freezer for rainy/hungry days.

You’ll need:
2 cups activated nuts (we used walnuts, brasil & almond)
1/2 cup pure whey protein (or natural protein powder of choice)
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup water
8 fresh medjool dates, pips removed and cut into pieces
3 heaped tablespoons raw cacao
3 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoon goji berries
1 red chilli, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Place your nuts into the blender and blend roughly. If you want your protein balls to come with a hot kick, keep the seeds in the chilli. If not, remove the seeds prior to blending. Add all remaining ingredients and blend thoroughly for a good minute or two. The resulting mixture should be moist and tacky. Spoon into bite size balls and use your hands to roll. Roll in raw cacao or dessicated coconut.

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Lemony Coconut Cake Balls (and why we should love cashew nuts)

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Who doesn’t know about cashew nuts?

Well, cashew nuts are the kidney shaped seeds that adhere to the bottom of the cashew apple, the fruit of the cashew tree which is native to the coastal areas of northeastern Brazil. This nut, which as I mentioned is actually a seed, is jam packed with nutritional content. Containing a significant 5 grams of protein per ounce and high levels of the essential minerals iron, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, copper and manganese.

Some of you may be deterred from eating nuts due to their high fat content? And it is true, cashews are relatively high in fat (12 grams per ounce, with 2 grams being saturated fat). But it is a “good fat”, due to the agreeable fat ratio in the nut (1:2:1 for saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated, respectively, which scientists say is the ideal ratio for optimal health).

And even with the relatively high fat content, cashews are considered to be a ‘low-fat’ nut. Cashews contain less fat per serve than other popular nuts, including almonds, walnuts and pecans. The advice from this end though, as with any food or indulgence, consume mindfully and with moderation in mind.

So let’s talk about how this little nut can benefit our bodies in a big way.

Reduce the risk of heart disease.
It is the fatty acid profile of cashews that contributes to our good health. Phytosterols, tocopherols, and squalene, all constituents of fatty acids, all serve to lower the risk of heart disease.

Cardiovascular and Circulatory Health
The cashew contains no cholesterol, which is a rarity for such a great tasting treat! As such, cashew nuts are a healthy fat food for those wanting to foster cardiovascular health and those with heart concerns. High levels of monounsaturated fatty acids mean they also help support healthy levels of good (HDL) cholesterol, imperative to healthy heart function.

The cashew’s high magnesium content also takes the credit for its healthy heart qualities. One ounce will contribute to 21% of your daily recommended intake of this heart healthy mineral, which also protects against high blood pressure, muscle spasms, migraine headaches, tension, soreness and fatigue.

Magnesium also works with calcium to support healthy muscles and bones in the human body.

Reduce the signs of aging
Cashews have a high copper content, too, meaning they assist the body in utilizing iron, eliminating free radicals, developing bone and connective tissue, supporting and regenerating joints, and producing the skin and hair pigment melanin.

So how about we just eat some cashews then! My dear friend and mentor Jo Antoun has created a delicious way to prepare them into bite size treats. I find that having a few of these balls on hand is a smart way to moderate my nut consumption (rather than sitting and devouring a whole bag of nuts) and a handy between meals snack. I also recommend making a big batch and freezing them for last minute guest arrivals. Here is the recipe for her Lemony Coconut Cake Balls.

2 1/2 cups raw cashews
1 1/2 cups raw shredded coconut
2 tablespoons raw honey
Juice of 2 lemons
Rind from 2 lemons
Desiccated coconut (optional)

Using a lemon zester, peel the rind from the lemons and then juice them. Into a blender, place just the cashews and process until they are a fine powder. Then add the lemon juice, rind, honey and shredded coconut to the blender to combine. The resulting mixture should be tacky and moist. Roll into bite sized balls with your hands. Coat in desiccated coconut (optional) and pop in the fridge. Simple, yet effective.

So now I’ve got you crazy for cashew nuts, you might like to experiment with them (and a multitude of other nuts) in different ways. You can find many a nut based recipes in A Nourishing Kitchen:

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Creamy Coconut Berry Parfait

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Serves 1.

A great example of a healthy morning or afternoon snack that will take as long as it takes for you to walk to your pantry/cupboard, come back with these ingredients, pour them into a blender and hit blend. What’s that…5 minutes? If even? Why not make a triple batch of this and throw it in the work fridge for the next few days (just be sure to add your ‘get your mitts OFF!’ sticky to your container of course ūüėČ – that way you’re guaranteed to get a dose of goodness when you’re so busy you (almost) forget to eat. Know too that you can use frozen berries in this recipe. Fresh frozen fruit and veg retain their nutrient content well (assuming they are indeed frozen fresh) and can in fact hold more nutrients than vegies going a little soft in your crisper.

If you see any ingredients listed below that you are not aware of, know that over the next few weeks we will be featuring articles on the health benefits of various superfoods, including those listed, so stay tuned!

You’ll need:
130g coconut water
1/4 cup coconut cream or coconut milk
3 strawberries
1 handful blueberries
1 heaped tablespoon five:am natural organic yoghurt
1 dessert spoon chia seeds
1 heaped teaspoon maca powder
1 heaped teaspoon yacon syrup
1 heaped teaspoon maqui berry

Combine all ingredients in a high powered blender and whizz until smooth and creamy. Allow to stand for at least 10-15 minutes to let the chia seeds emulsify and thicken the smoothie. Serve.

We’d love to hear how you incorporate superfoods into your day. What are your favourites?

Source : theholisticingredient.com