These no bake granola bars are the most indulgent snack and definitely more like a dessert. This is because they contain a high level of dates and raisins which have a high level of glucose available for the body. If this glucose is not used then it will be stored by your body in the form of fat.
So these should definitely be enjoyed in moderation, although I must admit it will be hard because they just so amazing:).
There are few health benefits vs a normal highly refined dessert.
Oats – Contain gramine, a natural sedative, treating depression, anxiety and insomnia. They are also easy to digest (contain the most soluble fibre than any other grain);
Buckwheat – Gluten free, contains mucilaginous fibres which lubricates the digestive tract;
Hemp seeds – contain a perfect balance of omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids which help in brain function and heart health. They contain fibre but also essential amino acids.
Whenever I made these chocolate and orange energy balls people absolutely loved them! The texture of these are slightly more crumbly and that is because I don’t use as many dates as shop bought ones. While dates contain dietary fibre which helps relieve constipation, Wathey are also very high in glucose, which means your blood sugar will sore high and whatever it’s not used by your body for energy it is stored by your body for later in the form of fat. So these energy balls a lot kinder to your waistline:).
However, nuts are in incredible source of good fats which are essential for our health.
Almonds – High in monounsaturated fats, have a high content of fibre which regulates blood sugars as well as vitamins and minerals;
Walnuts – Rich in omega 3 and antioxidants and serotonin which lifts depression;
Hazelnuts – High in monounsaturated fats, vitamin E (a powerful antioxidant), manganese essential for development and metabolism;
Sunflower seeds – good source of polyunsaturated fats, magnesium, vitamin B6 and some iron.
When at home: soak the nuts and seeds over night to remove the phytic acid (found within the hulls of nuts, seeds and grains). This is indigestible for humans so the best way to reduce is by soaking. Another way is via lightly toasting the seeds and nuts. Place the almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts on a baking tray and put in a heated oven (at 180 degrees) for 4 min. In the last min of toasting add the pumpkin seeds. These will quickly toast.
Pit the dates and place with all other ingredients in a food processor. Blitz for around 4-5 min or until fine crumbs and hold together when pressed.
Turmeric hummus is great dip to snack on, to have it on a slice of sourdough in the morning or even as a side with salad for lunch. You can add whatever flavours you want; adding turmeric is a great way to just have some anti inflammatory goodness.
As this is done in 10min you can easily do it a night before and take some into work to snack on. And with raw veggie sticks it’s a great way to get some extra vitamins and nutrients in the afternoon. Just remember to have it before 6 o’clock as raw food is quite difficult to digest.
Chickpeas – Good source of protein, folate iron and phosphorus;
Turmeric – Contains curcumin (an antioxidant) thought to help reduce inflammation;
Tahini – Made of sesame seeds, is a good source of protein, fat and carbohydrates and magnesium. The sesame seeds labelled as “natural” are unhulled and contain phytic acid. Therefore for good digestion best to be soaked;
Cumin – Good source of monounsaturated fats, vit B1, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, phosphorus and Zinc.
Watching TV or when I have friends around I like to have something to snack around. Usually snacking is associated with unhealthy things but there are so many other alternatives that are good for you as well. So I am sharing my recipe for avocado hummus which you guessed it it’s incredibly good for you…food for your body and for your soul I dare to say. It’s also such a versatile dip as you can have it with celery sticks, slices of fresh walnut rye sourdough, olives or one of my favourites is fresh romaine leaves which look like a scoop perfect to hold the hummus. Why not add also a baba ganoush to have a complimentary dip to your platter? Coincidently I have a recipe for this as well…posted a few months ago:).
By now you got used to the next section of health benefits and this one is no different. Continue Reading…
Energy protein balls is one of my favourite snacks which you can even have as a dessert…full of protein and good fats minus the refined sugar!
The beauty of this recipe is that you can be creative. You can do whatever mixture you would like for your energy protein balls. So you can use less dates and add instead cranberries, raisins, goji berries, sultanas. The same with nuts and seeds; there are so many choices you can have: macademia, sesame, lindseeds, hemp seeds. Just make sure you soak them first. You can even add some wheatgrass powder or chlorella if you feel brave!
Aubergine or eggplant is not quite everyone’s favourite but I think this little purple gem looks so pretty no one should resit it:). And this aubergine dip recipe it’s a delicious way to get this introduced into your diet.
As the colour suggests they have beneficial amounts of antioxidants that protect the heart and blood vessels and help balance blood sugar levels. Some studies have shown that aubergines can help remove harmful toxins from the body as well as helping with bowel regularity and water balance. Continue Reading…