This month's energy balls are green - not to scare you but to add a nutrient boost with the help of spirulina. Spirulina is a blue green algae, that grows in freshwater lakes and rivers. It can be found in a powdered form in health food stores or online (see below). Spirulina is a superfood in the truest sense.
This powder contains over 100 nutrients that help build our immune system, grow muscle, nourish the brain, boost our energy, detox heavy metals out of the body, and so much more. Did you know that this powder is 60% plant based protein. Animal protein is never more than 25% protein, so this powder is for all you protein lovers out there. Spirulina is a source for all amino acids - the building blocks of protein - making it a complete plant based protein. It's a great source of iron, which gets best absorbed if combined with Vitamin C. In the case of these balls, we add some lemon to the recipe. Spirulina helps with growing strong hair and nails, it nourishes our skin, and it prevents a foggy brain. I love them at the moment for an extra immune boost in this crazy flu season. And I use them a lot with new moms for the detoxing capacity. They help to purify the milk when new moms are nursing. All reasons to give it a try!
Now before you go and add this powder to everything, let me tell you, it's not pleasant. It has a very strong bitter taste, so less is more. Because it is so concentrated in the powder form, you only need 1/4 - 1 teaspoon to make a difference in your overall health. You can add it to smoothies, oatmeals, or in this case to your energy balls.
Make sure you store this powder in the fridge in a container that doesn't let any light in. Light and heat destroy the fragile nutrients, and we want to keep as many of them alive.
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Makes: 18 balls
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup hemp hearts
- 1/2 cup Medjool dates, pitted
- 2 tsp fresh orange zest
- 2 tsp fresh lemon zest
- 1 - 1 1/2 tsp spirulina
Process all ingredients in a food processor on high until a sticky dough form. When you pinch the dough and it doesn't stick, you can add a spoon of water or orange juice and process again.
One teaspoon at a time, take the dough and roll it into little balls between the palms of your hands.
These balls will keep in the fridge for up to 10 days.
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