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Raw Superfood Snack for Energy!

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.

 

Maca root powder, the best non-caffeine source of energy

Maca root powder, the best non-caffeined source of energy

 

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.

 

Goji berries

Goji berries high in Vitamin C and Zeaxanthin!

 

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.

 

Brazil nuts high in selenium, the anti cancer agent

Brazil nuts high in selenium, the anti cancer agent

 

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.

Enjoy!

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17 Comments

  • Reply dishing up the dirt February 23, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    SOLD! Lauren these sound fabulous and right up my alley! Can’t wait to give em a whirl!

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale February 23, 2014 at 5:36 pm

      They are soooo good…..

  • Reply Brittany March 3, 2014 at 1:47 am

    These are AMAZING!!!

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale March 11, 2014 at 4:42 pm

      I know….. so addicting!

  • Reply Beccah March 4, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Hello..what brand of Maca would you suggest using? Thanks!

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale March 11, 2014 at 4:40 pm

      I personally LOVE Navitas Naturals gelatinized maca…. the most energizing and potent!

  • Reply BEccah March 4, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Hello…what brand of maca would you recommend? Thanks!

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale March 11, 2014 at 4:41 pm

      Love Navitas Naturals 🙂

  • Reply Leah June 29, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    Just made these. They’re fantastic! I plan to split them up and take a few to work each day for an afternoon snack – if they last that long! Thanks Lauren!

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale July 12, 2014 at 2:09 pm

      So addicting! They are one of my favorite plane snacks too!

  • Reply Summer July 30, 2014 at 1:09 am

    What would you recommend using in place of the coconut? I have the misfortune of being allergic. Thank you!

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale July 31, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      Hmmm I would try chopped macadamia nuts. They still have a rich creamy flavor and they also have healthy fats as well.

  • Reply Elisa August 29, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Yes, yes, yes!! Easy to make and super delicious! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

    xo
    Elisa

  • Reply Tamara May 18, 2015 at 12:30 am

    Made these this afternoon, delicious! My batch required about 13 dates and a little more maple syrup but fantastic – and made exactly 20. Do you know the nutritional content?

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale June 2, 2015 at 4:00 pm

      Hi Tamara – I actually didn’t calculate the calories, since for me its more about the nutrition than anything 🙂 If you are worried about the sugar or calories, just opt for 1 a day.

  • Reply anthony June 4, 2015 at 12:28 am

    How do u store the remaining bites?

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale June 4, 2015 at 2:59 pm

      Refrigerator is best, but if you dont intent on eating for awhile, freezer.

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