Super Green Vitality Bites
Snacking can seem impossible when you start to follow a plant-based lifestyle. Majority of the things on supermarket shelves are highly processed, full of refined sugars, preservatives, artificial ingredients and in many cases, things your body cannot properly process. If you have ever looked closely at a packet of artificially sweetened chewing gum, you may have noticed a "laxative effect" warning on the back.
Sorbitol, a common sweetener found in chewing gum, is manufactured through the hydrogenation of glucose (a simple sugar). It acts on the large intestine by drawing in water, resulting in digestive discomfort and loose bowel movements. I am not suggesting you avoid sorbitol, as it is also found in its unprocessed form in fruits including pears, apples and plums (a key reason why dried plums (prunes) are thought to ease constipation). The key message here is to steer clear of sweeteners in their processed form - fresh is always best, and moderation is key.
That's where these super-green balls of fabulousness come in! They are naturally sweetened, just enough to satisfy your sugar craving, as well as containing spirulina, which is well documented for its health benefits. Spirulina contains a host of B vitamins which are essential to the conversion of food to energy. On top of this, spirulina also contains around 4mg iron per 5g (about two teaspoons), making it an incredibly iron dense food. Spirulina also contains a fantastic dose of chlorophyll, as you may have guessed from the bright green colouring! I will note however that spirulina is not a reliable source of B12 - while it does contain this nutrient, it is not in a particularly bioavailable form.
These are the ultimate sugar-craving buster, as they contain cinnamon and spirulina, both thought to assist in sugar cravings and control blood sugar. While it may sound odd, spirulina and chocolate actually go together surprisingly well. Give it a go and see!
- 1 cup almonds, soaked overnight
- 1/2 cup cashews
- 1/2 cup medjool dates
- 2 tsp spirulina
- 2 tbsp raw cacao powder, plus extra for rolling
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp alcohol free vanilla extract or vanilla powder
- Pinch of Himalayan salt
The How To
- Rinse and drain your almonds, and place these in a food processor along with the cashews and dates. Pulse to roughly combine.
- Add in remaining ingredients and blend until everything is distributed evenly throughout the mix, adding in a little water at a time if it is not fully binding.
- Roll the mixture into tablespoon-size balls, before dusting them with more cacao powder.
- Place into a container and freeze for a few hours to firm up. Try not to eat them all at once (but no promises there!)
I'd love to see your recreations of this recipe - tag me on instagram @recoveringraw and hashtag with #recoveringraw!