I am very excited to share with you a new recipe that is the perfect fix to every sweet tooth craving. The process start to finish takes all of ten minutes; super easy! These little bites are PACKED with Superfoods and can be used for a snack, breakfast treat, or a post meal dessert! Below are just some of the benefits of all the Superfoods involved in these little treats:
Chia Seeds = These little seeds are LOADED with antioxidants & minerals and a GREAT source of healthy fats: Omega 3’s and 5’s. Chia seeds are filled with fiber (one serving contains 11 grams!) and high quality protein. Chia seeds aid in weight loss because they keep you fuller longer. They are known to improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels and are gluten free!
Hemp Seeds = These seeds differ from chia seeds in many ways. Hemp seeds are know to be high in Magnesium, Iron & Zinc. They also have high levels of protein (about 10g per serving). Hemp seeds are best known for containing 20 amino acids; including ALL 9 of the essential amino acids our body needs to survive. Hemp seeds also contain the perfect ratio of omega 3 & 6 fatty acids. They are high in fiber and easily digested!
Goji Berries = These little red berries are known for their strength building properties and their ability to increase one’s longevity. Goji Berries contain 18 different amino acids (including the 8 essential), over 20 different minerals, high amounts of antioxidants, iron and B& E vitamins.
Cacao Nibs = This is the nut/seed of a fruit in the Amazon. It is RAW chocolate and is the #1 source of antioxidants, magnesium, iron, manganese and chromium on the planet! Cacao is known to improve cardiovascular health, improve bone strength, boosts mood and energy levels, and increases longevity. Yes, eating chocolate can help your chances of living longer (with other good healthy habits of course).
Raw (No Bake) Superfood Bites
1 cup of dates
1 tablespoon of almond butter
1/2 cup of gluten free rolled oats
1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds
1 tablespoon of chia seeds
½ cup of hemp seeds
¼ cup cacao nibs
¼ cup goji berries
1/4 cup chopped almonds
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
1/2 cup water
Chop the dates into smaller pieces and make sure to remove all pits then add to your food processor and/or blender along with the water and vanilla extract and pulse until they create a paste form.
Add all the remaining dry ingredients to a large bowl and mix together. Pour over the date puree and almond butter and mix thoroughly.
Roll 1 inch size balls and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
As the weather is getting warmer I have been craving the refreshing taste of Acai Bowls again. I love making these on weekend mornings when I can craftily top them and enjoy slowly with my cup of coffee. Below is one of my favorite go to acai bowl recipes:
Creamy Mango Acai Bowl
1 sambazon unsweetened frozen acai packet
½ cup almond/coconut milk
1 tbs of maca powder
scoop of plant based vanilla protein
handful of greens (changes the color of your bowl to a brown tint, but still tastes amazing)
2 tbs hemp seeds or 1 tbs of chia seeds
handful of shredded coconut
other ½ of your mango sliced/cubed
Recently, I have become hooked on these tiny little Superfoods called Hemp Seeds. These seeds contain all the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids required to maintain healthy human life. There is no other single plant source that has these in such an easily digestible form or in as perfect ratio to meet the nutritional needs of a human. If that doesn’t scream Superfood, than what does?
What makes them a Superfood?
– High in Magnesium, Iron & Zinc
– Contain 20 amino acids
(including the 9 essential amino acids our body needs to survive)
– High in Protein per serving (10g)
Specifically, Simple Protein which strengthens your immunity and fends off toxins
-Contains Omega 3 & 6 Fatty Acids
(The Perfect Ratio 4 omega 6 to 1 omega 3)
– Low in Carbohydrates and High in Fiber
-Provide long lasting energy : makes them a great addition to breakfast 🙂
How to use them?
– Add into smoothies
– Sprinkle on yogurt
– Mix into Oatmeal
– Sprinkle on top of salads
– Mix into baked goods: breads, muffins, and granola
Unlike many other seeds, such as flax, you CAN have hemp seeds daily and it is actually recommended since there is a perfect ratio of EFA (Essential Fatty Acids). They are one of the safest foods on the planet and are great substitutions for people that suffer from food allergies or digestion problems and are a great source of protein for vegetarians.
What do they taste like?
Hemp seeds have a slight nutty flavor but are not over powering. They add great flavor to all of the above without overpowering. I enjoy them mixed into my Vanilla Siggi’s topped with lots of fruit or in my Green Smoothie recipe.
Where can you buy them?
Many companies and stores sell shelled hemp seeds in bulk or in bags. Once opened store these seeds in your refrigerator.
– Trader Joes
– Whole Foods Market
– Amazon, Vitacost, and other online health shops (Navitas Naturals)
– Selective big chain grocery stores in the health food aisles
I highly recommend adding this Superfood into your diet weekly if not daily!
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