The two things I know – we need more energy and we need more nutrition. And while you may not think of nutrition as high of a priority as your next caffeine hit, in the end, it is the nutrition that provides true long lasting energy, not the caffeine. That is why I created this raw superfood snack!
The main controllers of energy in the body are the adrenal glands, the kidneys and hormones. Each of these require specific nutrients such as vitamin C, B vitamins, magnesium, sea salt, and healthy fats to function. Without these, the adrenal glands and kidneys do not perform properly, and the key hormones needed to keep us feeling energized and focused cannot be made. Therefore, it is vital that we ensure the proper nourishment of our bodies so that we have the building blocks needed to run at an optimal level. This is particularly important when under stress, because these nutrients are burned through quite quickly, leaving us deficient. As a result, we need above and beyond baseline levels of nutrition, in order to support living in a stress-laden environment.
The solution to this challenge is to include foods into the daily diet that provide the right nutrients to support our energy-generating vehicles so we not only offset the damage of stress, but have what we need to feel continuously energized and focused. When we are constantly running at top speed, we need access to every weapon in our arsenal to keep that momentum going. That is why I have created this little raw superfood snack. They are like a firecracker of energy to allow you to be the superhuman you are…. or hoping to be.
The main ingredient in this raw superfood snack that’s going to help you to kick the coffee habit is Maca. Maca is a root native to the high Andes of Peru, and is a powerful adaptogen. An adaptogen is an herb that allows the body to function at a higher level and to adapt to its current levels of stress, both physically and mentally. Maca helps to stabilize hormones, and to increase libido, oxygen uptake, and endurance. It also has the ability to enhance both short and long-term energy. So even if you are burning the candle at both ends, Maca can help to stabilize the body – enhancing adaptability and vitality. In my opinion, maca has lived up to its reputation. It can most certainly be a game changer, especially for those of us who love (or rather need) a caffeine high.
As for the other delicious, scrumptious, and energy enhancing ingredients included in this recipe, they are all loaded with those key vitamins, minerals, amino acids and precious antioxidants needed to support our energy-generating vehicles. From the goji berry, which is extremely high in vitamin C and zeaxanthin (the carotenoid that improves eyesight), to the cacao nib, which is rich in magnesium, chromium (excellent for blood sugar control) and theobromine (enhances mood and brain function), to the Brazil nut, which contains the potent cancer-fighting and prostate protective selenium, these superfood snacks have you covered head to toe.
I know that some of you are thinking that you are not the type to jump into the kitchen and get your hands messy – I’m asking you to take a chance. Making these supefood bites could not be any easier. Every single one of you are capable of throwing ingredients into a food processor, turning it on, letting it spin, and then forming small little balls. Remember playing with Play-Doh? Channel those days. I promise you will be so happy that you did, because these guys are going to be your next favorite go-to. Pre or post workout, mid afternoon work snack, or a substitution for a high-calorie dessert, they fit most all needs. The only thing I will not promise is that they will last more than one day.
Raw Superfood Snacks!
makes about 20 bites
by The Holy Kale
1/2 cup raw brazil nuts
1/2 cup almonds
1¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut, plus extra for rolling
1/4 cup goji berries
1/4 cup cacao nibs
1½ tablespoons maca powder
1 cup medjool dates (about 9-11), pits removed
1 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoons almond extract
¼ teaspoons sea salt
Put all the ingredients into a food processor. Grind until a coarse dough has formed and it starts rolling in a ball around the food processor.
If the consistency is too grainy (sand-like), add more dates. If it is too thick and sticky, add more goji berries or cacao nibs. You will want it to turn into a dough ball, with a similar consistency and look to cookie dough.
Next sprinkle extra coconut shreds on a cutting board, and line a plate or Tupperware with parchment paper or waxed paper. *You will be storing the balls on the plate or in the Tupperware.
Then scoop some of the dough out little by little and form into balls. They should be about the size of a golf ball. Once rolled into a ball, roll them around in the coconut shreds until covered.
Place on the lined plate or in the Tupperware and store in the refrigerator for an hour to harden.
*If you cannot wait, they can be eaten immediately. The refrigerator just hardens them a bit, but this is a personal preference.