Super Green Vitality Bites

Snacking can seem impossible when you start to follow a plant-based diet. Majority of the snacks on supermarket shelves are highly processed and full of refined sugar, low quality oils, preservatives, artificial ingredients and, in many cases, substances your body cannot actually 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. Food should not require warning labels!

Sorbitol, a common sugar alcohol 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 highly processed sweeteners and low calorie substitutes - fresh is always best, and moderation is key.

These vitality bites are the ultimate sugar-craving buster, due to the addition of spirulina and cinnamon, both thought to assist in reducing sugar cravings and controlling blood sugar. While it may sound odd, spirulina and chocolate actually go together surprisingly well. Give it a go and see!


Spirulina

I've incorporated spirulina into this recipe, which is well known for its health boosting properties. Spirulina contains a host of B vitamins which are essential to the conversion of food to energy. On top of this, spirulina is a dense source of iron and 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 thought to be particularly bioavailable.

These vitality bites are the ultimate sugar-craving buster, due to the addition of spirulina and cinnamon, both thought to assist in reducing sugar cravings and controlling blood sugar. While it may sound odd, spirulina and chocolate actually go together surprisingly well. Give it a go and see!

These vitality bites are...

  • Naturally sweetened, just enough to satisfy your sweet tooth, 
  • Perfect for those who have a mid-afternoon energy slump,
  • Rich in vitamins and minerals, 
  • ... and a great addition to kids lunchboxes.

Super Green Vitality Bites

Make time: 5 minutes
Makes: 14

The Goods

  • 1 cup almonds, soaked overnight
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/2 cup medjool dates
  • 2 tsp organic spirulina
  • 2 tbsp raw cacao powder, plus extra for rolling
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla powder
  • Pinch of Himalayan salt

The How To

  1. Rinse and drain your almonds, and place these in a food processor along with the cashews. Process until well broken down, then add the dates. Pulse to roughly combine.
  2. 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.
  3. Roll the mixture into tablespoon-size balls, before rolling them in more cacao powder.
  4. Place into a container and freeze for a few hours to firm up. 

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