Praise the Balls!

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Sweet Beet Protein

These sweet red protein balls are pure goodness – besides being vegan, gluten free, and sugar free they are also juicy, sweet, and full of nutrients.They stabilises the blood sugar level, provides energy, strengthens the nerves and increases muscle endurance.

I almost always have a small stockpile of shredded coconut, dates, coconut oil and cocoa powder in the kitchen so I can roll me a healthy snack if a craving comes up. My new fix is to put beetroot in my balls for juiciness, punch, and sweetness. See recipe below.

The health benefits of the ingredients in these beauties are amazing. I’ve previously written about coconut so here’s a bit about the three other key ingredients.

1. Beetroots:

These colourful root vegetables contain powerful nutrient compounds that help the body to:

  • Protect it against heart disease, birth defects and certain cancers, especially colon cancer.
  • Improve muscle oxygenation during exercise enhancing exercise tolerance during long-term endurance exercise.
  • Better sleep, muscle movement, learning and memory.
  • Reduce chronic inflammation.
  • Aid in the elimination of toxins and assists in the absorption of fat.
  • Prevent constipation and promote regularity for a healthy digestive tract.
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Protect it against heart disease, birth defects and certain cancers, especially colon cancer.

Furthermore beets contain an antioxidant known as alpha-lipoic acid, which has been shown to lower glucose levels and increase insulin sensitivity.

2. Dates:

These delicious dark fruits from the date palms offer several nutritional benefits when eaten fresh and pitted:

  • They are sweet, but won't raise blood sugar. Studies have shown that while dates contain high amounts of natural sugars, they are actually a low-glycaemic index food and don’t significantly raise blood sugar levels after they are eaten. (source: The May 28, 2011, issue of "Nutrition Journal")
  • Promotes digestion because they are loaded with fibre. According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, just one pitted date contains 1.6 g of fibre, or 6 percent of the recommended daily intake.
  • Heart health. Fibre is also known for its ability to help lower cholesterol and fight and prevent obesity, heart disease and colorectal cancer. The fibre in dates is primarily insoluble fibre, which binds to fat and cholesterol and carries it out of the body. Furthermore this potassium-rich food helps in maintaining a steady heart rhythm too.
  • The primary vitamins in dates are the B vitamins, with vitamin B6 topping the list. The B vitamins help with the metabolism of food and the formation of new blood cells. Other vitamins include K and A.
  • Dates are an excellent source of minerals, with potassium in the No. 1 spot. Copper, manganese, magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, iron and zinc complete the mineral profile.

3. Almonds:

Almonds are rich in monounsaturated fats; much research now links this type of fat with a reduced risk of heart disease. These nuts are one of the richest sources of vitamin E, which seems to protect against UV light damage and Alzheimer's disease. By munching away on almonds you can top up on important minerals: manganese, which helps the body form strong bones and regulates blood sugar; and magnesium, which is essential for organ, muscle and nerve function, blood glucose control, and regulating blood pressure.

Moreover the amount of calcium in a cup of whole almonds, 378 milligrams, is slightly more than in a cup of milk, about 300 milligrams.

So you can though yourself over these juicy delicacies with an easy conscience.

Recipe Blissful Beet Protein Balls:

Ingredients (prefer organic):

Instructions:

  1. Place the graded beet into a medium size bowl.
  2. Blend the almonds in a mini chopper or blender and put in the bowl.
  3. Blend the dates and the coconut oil in a mini chopper or blender and put in the bowl.
  4. Add remaining ingredients except the coconut in the bowl and blend with an immersion blender until smooth.
  5. Mix in 1 cup of the shredded coconut with a spoon.
  6. Spoon out and roll into approx. 15 balls rolling each ball in the rest of the shredded coconut.

If you want to spice them up with some extra super powers, then add one more beetroot with some or all of the these ingredients - the balls will still taste marvelous (that's what she said).


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SnacksHanne Robinson