GOJI BERRY BLISS BALLS

If you enjoy treats but want to ensure you’re putting the right ingredients into your body, then this is a recipe for you! You may have heard the hype on ‘superfoods’ and if you have, that’s exactly what these are. Full of super ingredients to fuel our bodies with that they need.

RAW CACAO

This is a superfood because of it’s antioxidant value. Some now believe it to have the highest antioxidant value of all natural foods (although coffee is definitely up there!). Ensure it’s raw though and organic if possible. The reason raw cacao powder is considered a superfood in comparison to cocoa powder is because of the way the cacao seeds are processed. Both start with cacao beans and to make cacao powder, the beans are cold pressed and unroasted. This allows the beans to separate into powder and butter forms. As for cocoa powder, the cacao beans are roasted at high very temperatures and this changes the chemical nature of the beans, resulting in cocoa powder. When the beans are unroasted and cold pressed, antioxidants are not lost during the heating process – this is what makes raw cacao so beneficial.  The roasting of the beans to create cocoa powder unfortunately changes the molecular structure of the beans. This reduces the enzyme content therefore lowering its nutritional value. So if you’re ever trying to decide between the two ALWAYS choose raw cacao if you want to supercharge your body with antioxidants and polyphenols.  

GOJI BERRIES 

Another superfood because of their antioxidant and anti inflammatory powers. Some of their benefits, they provide high levels of nutrients and antioxidants, improve immune function and fight off cancer, promote healthy skin, boost energy levels and support better gastrointestinal health and bowel functions.

MACA POWDER 

It falls into the superfood category because of how densely packed it is with vitamins and minerals. These combine to improve our health by increasing endurance and strength, balances hormones, improves memory and mental clarity, enhances fertility for both men and women and make us more radiant and youthful, to name a few. 

These super foods combined with the blend of nuts and seeds make the balls extremely fibrous, and this is fantastic for assisting with our digestive process.

I enjoy these before or after exercise, or as a quick and easy snack any time throughout the day.

Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 2-4 tbsp Raw organic cacao powder, depending on how chocolatey you like it 😛
  • ½ cup Walnuts
  • ½ cup Brazil nuts
  • ½ cup Pepitas
  •  ½ cup Sunflower seeds
  • 2 heaped tsp Linseed
  • 1 tbsp Maca powder
  • ¼ cup Goji berries
  • 2-3 cups of dates
  • A few drops of Filtered water, you really only need a drop!
  • Desiccated coconut to coat

 

Method

Using a food processor, place all the nuts and seeds in and blast till they’re ground. It doesn’t need to be extremely fine, just ground enough to blend well.

Add the dates, goji berries and cacao and continue to blast. These will start to moisten the mixture, if it becomes too gluggy add a little more cacao to help with the blending process.

Place a few drops of water in, then blend again. The mixture will really come together now. If it is still too dry, continue to add water very slowly. Be careful not to add too much as it can become sloppy.

Once you have attained the desired consistency (the mixture holds together firmly, is slightly sticky and not too wet or dry) pick up a small handful and roll into balls.

Lastly, roll in coconut and place in a container of your choice.

These can be frozen up to 3 months, if they survive being eaten for that long! 

 

TOO MUCH OF THE WHITE STUFF??

I’M NOT TALKING ABOUT COCAINE; BUT CANDY.

Both carry serious risks to your physical and mental health but sugar isn’t illegal and is commonly found in so many processed and refined foods, which are available and marketed to everyone. When combating candida I completely cut sugar from my diet and then slowly introduced certain sources. Now I am aware of where sugar is found and how the body reacts to it and I can control my intake, limiting it to certain fruits (mainly berries) and some starchy veg (sweet potatoes). Sugar is found in obvious sources such as soft drinks and candy bars but it’s also found in high quantities in products marketed as ‘healthy’ such as cereal bars, smoothies and fruit.

Essentially, the body recognises any carbohydrate as sugar

Wherever you are on your road to optimal performance it’s always advantageous to know the effects of certain foods on your body and mind. Sugar is well known to promote an array of adverse health effects and some doctors are now referring to Alzheimer’s disease as Type-III diabetes!

Here are a few interesting points:

1. SUGAR HAS NO NUTRITIONAL VALUE, JUST ‘EMPTY’ CALORIES

Sugar provides us with energy (calories) but doesn’t give any nutrition (vitamins, minerals etc) – consuming it doesn’t give us any benefits. We aren’t satiated after consuming sugar which can leave us feeling hungry and looking to consume more calories.

2. EXCESS ENERGY FROM SUGAR IS STORED AS FAT

Sugar that hasn’t been used by the body to perform work will be stored in the liver as fat. This is then processed into harmful VLDL cholesterol that can cause clogging of the arteries and increases the risk of heart attack and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Also, high amounts of fructose can cause increases in LDL cholesterol, insulin and blood sugar levels – all chief risk factors of heart disease. (1)

3. SUGAR MESSES WITH OUR INSULIN RESPONSE

Insulin is an important hormone that allows blood sugar to enter our cells and informs our cells whether to burn fat or glucose to maintain optimum blood sugar levels. When consuming a diet high in added sugar, insulin does not perform as it should and the cells can become resistant to it. This can lead to the pancreas making more insulin but with no effect on blood sugar and can result in increased likelihood of type II diabetes. (2)

4. SUGAR IS ADDICTIVE

Sugar and other junk foods cause a much greater release of dopamine in the brain than natural foods. Dopamine is the hormone related to ‘desire’ in the brain and this response can be very addictive. Sugar is comparable to drugs such as cocaine in its addictive power! (3)

5. SUGAR FEEDS BAD BACTERIA

Bacteria love simple sugars that are easily available and digestible to them. Cravings are often signals sent by these bacteria telling you to eat harmful foods as to ensure their own survival. If left unchecked, yeasts and bad bacteria can run rampant and lead to range of digestive issues such as leaky gut.

 

Limiting sugar and being more aware of the sources it is found in is key on the path to a more resilient body and mind. Replacing carbs with healthy fats as the body’s primary source of energy has aided me massively. The most dramatic performance benefit I have noticed is my mind’s capacity to remain calm but work fast in whatever challenge I’m facing.

IT’S TIME TO KICK THE WHITE AND GO GREEN!