Due to our sometimes too busy lifestyles, a lot of the time we're picking up things to eat on-the-go, often for that energy boost, or to curb that sweet craving. Most of the things that we're picking up however are full of unnecessary junk, but we usually overlook this (myself included) and call it a one off.
And even when we want to go for the more healthier options, like certain energy/protein balls or bars, they cost a small fortune, which drives us back to the cheaper, unhealthier options!
You have all probably bought or at least tried a protein ball, sometimes called bliss balls, before but may not have made a habit of it because of the price. Well if you're someone that enjoys them, then you're in luck because they are very simple to make and i'm sharing two of my favourite recipes with you today!
They can be a great source of quick and also sustaining energy and a good way to get a handful of good nutrients down you.
Me, being me, I'm always trying to find ways to incorporate herbs and superfoods into our everyday diets, and so these recipes will include gems that will benefit your health in some way.
BAOBAB LEMON BLISS BALL
This gem in this recipe is the superfruit Baobab, which you may or may not have heard of before. It is native to Africa and comes from an extremely large tree (google some pictures, the size of it is something amazing!).
The fruit dries on the tree itself, and is packed with a range of nutrients. Baobab is known for it's extremely rich source of Vitamin C and other antioxidants.
It is therefore very good for the functioning of a healthy immune system and for healthy skin. Vitamin C is also great for energy and helps with the absorption of iron in the body. For this reason, Baobab is good combined with iron-rich foods, to help you get the most out of the foods you're eating.
- 4 tsp Baobab powder
- 4 tsp Pumpkin seeds
- 6 Medjool dates
- Juice and Zest of 1-2 lemons
- 2 tsp Coconut oil
- 2 tsp Chia seeds
- Desiccated coconut
- 1 pinch of himalayan salt
- 2 tsp dried Elderberries (optional)**
WHAT TO DO:
- Put the baobab, pumpkin seeds, dates, salt and chia seeds into a blender and blend until combined.
- If using the dried elderberries, place them in the lemon juice to allow them to rehydrate and soften a little.
- Place into a bowl and then add the lemon juice and zest, elderberries and coconut oil. The mixture should start clumping together.
- Next, roll the mix into small balls and then toss it in the desiccated coconut so that it's coated with it. This part is optional, or you can try tossing it in some chopped nuts like almonds or pistachios (salted pistachios go great here!).
- Put in the refrigerator for a couple of hours to set.
These make great foods for those who often crave sweet things and have skin problems as a result. The healthy fats and omegas in these ingredients can actually be beneficial for your skin and will satisfy your sweet tooth!
**The Elderberries are also rich in Vitamin C, which adds to the immune boosting and skin benefits of this recipe.
LAVENDER AND LIME BLISS BALL
This combo is one of my favourites. The herbal gem in this recipe is Ashwagandha (ASH-WA-GAN-DA), which you've probably heard me bang on about in my other posts.
This recipe is great for helping to control the effects of stress. If you work in a stressful environment and often find yourself under pressure or having anxiety, then this is a great bliss ball to have by your side.
Ashwagandha is an adaptogen and can help to reduce the negative effects of stress, and along with the lavender can help to calm you down and bring your nervous system back into balance.
The Bee Pollen is packed with protein, nutrients and B vitamins which contribute to a healthy nervous system. Again, great for stress!
And even if you're not stressed, this combo just tastes good!
- 2 tsp Ashwagandha powder
- Juice and zest of 1 lime
- 1 tsp of dried Lavender flowers
- 6 Medjool dates
- Almonds (chopped or flaked)
- 6 tsp Almond meal
- 2 tsp bee pollen (OPTIONAL)**
- Coconut oil
WHAT TO DO:
Made in a similar fashion as the above recipe
- Blend the ashwagandha, lavender flowers, dates and almond meal in a blender until combined.
- Add to a bowl and add the juice, zest, coconut oil and bee pollen.
- Roll into small balls and then toss in the chopped/flaked almonds. For a twist, you could toast the almonds briefly beforehand. This will destroy some of the health benefits of the almonds but gives it a unique taste!
** The bee pollen in this recipe means it is not strictly vegan.
I hope you enjoy these recipes and comment if with your own recipes!
Have a great day