If I haven’t mentioned this to you before, let me set the record straight – I love to eat AND I eat a lot!
I’ve just learned to channel those activities in a more healthful way. No more toasty french baguette with melted gorgonzola cheese and a drizzle of honey as my daily snack; hello instead to my wonderfully crisp and tart granny smith apple and 2 tablespoons of organic, natural smooth peanut butter. I’m sure some of you are thinking you’d want the bread and cheese over the apple but I have to tell you, once you shift your taste buds you really don’t miss the bread or cheese much at all. BUT, I’d die if I couldn’t have peanut butter ever again!
Okay, so now that we’ve established I like to eat – and eat food that strengthens my body – I was really psyched when I found this recipe for a NO-BAKE nutrient dense snack that I can whip up in minutes! As a “healthy” foodie, having snacks available is KEY to my success in staying on track and these little gems contain:
- antioxidant rich matcha green tea
- healthy fat from shredded coconut, nut butter and coconut oil
- good amount of fiber from your custom mix of seeds and nuts
- and just a little natural sweetness from fresh dates
These are great make-ahead snacks for a party or to have after a work-out until you can have a proper meal. These are also lovely because you make them with YOUR most favorite nuts, seeds and nut butters! Also, these babies will give you a boost of energy too, thanks to the matcha green tea (so they probably aren’t an evening snack option)!
And while we’re talking, let me mention that if you aren’t drinking at least 1 cup of green or matcha tea daily, you’re sorta robbing yourself of a quick and easy way to combat some of the damage that’s caused to your cells by the toxins we are all inhaling, absorbing and digesting through the food we eat, air we breath and products we put onto our skin. There are super high levels of antioxidants found in green and matcha green tea making this a “superfood” in my book and a no-brainer to drink often.
In case you’ve never had matcha before, be ware that it only comes in powder and that a little powder goes a long way. I make matcha lattes with 1 teaspoon of match tea added to 1/4 cup of boiling water and then I’ll add in 1 cup of hot almond milk; whisk together and voila!
Okay, try these Matcha Bliss Balls courtesy of Food Matters TV! Let me know how your tastebuds enjoyed these!
- ½ cup mixed seeds (sunflower, hemp, chia, pepitas, etc)
- 1 tablespoon barely/wheatgrass powder (Food Matters Superfood Greens, Aloha Daily Greens, etc)
- ½ cup almonds
- 1 teaspoon matcha powder
- ¼ cup shredded coconut
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup nut butter (almond, cashew, peanut)
- 4 fresh dates, pitted
- 2-3 tablespoons melted coconut oil (*start with 2 first)
- 1 teaspoon matcha powder (topping)
- 2 tablespoon shredded coconut (topping)
- Place all ingredients in the food processor except the extra matcha and shredded coconut for the topping and process until well combined.
- Roll the mixture into small balls, then roll in shredded coconut and then matcha (NOTE: you may need to refrigerate these BEFORE rolling in the coconut and extra matcha)
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes until set