Welcome July! It’s hard to believe that half of the year has gone by so I hope you have been enjoying our beautiful summer and are making the time to do the things you love. Noticed I said “making the time”? that’s because we do need to make an effort to pull ourselves out of our busy lives to do the things we enjoy. When we are happier we generally perform our jobs and duties better, that being a mother a wife, a food blogger, a doctor, secretary or whatever we chose to do.
A happy state of mind is also connected to the things we eat. When we eat a healthy nutritious diet and exercise our brain signals that it is happy and content by sending energy and happy feelings and sensations to the body. As we know there are many things that trigger the brain, and certain foods, colors, smells and even shapes can have a more positive effect that other. I recently read an interesting article from the Scientific American Magazine. They did an interesting study about what makes food taste so good and it explains the triggering elements that helps us determine what foods are delicious.
Deliciousness is the happy result of a surprising melange of factors, some of which have nothing to do with your taste buds.
To conclude my point here, as we are all eager to get to this delicious recipe, I believe we need to be smart about our eating habits in order to eat better and healthier. By practicing Mindful eating, which I talked about on my last post, we can easily understand what are the foods, tastes, smells, sounds and shapes that are attracting to our desire to eat these foods. With that knowledge we can prepare our foods to not only be satisfying but most importably enjoyable.
Chocolate is a great example. Most people love chocolate but they just don’t know how to eat it in a beneficial way. When you can, please read my Superfood Cacao post as it contains great information. It’s important to understand the process in which our food goes through from it’s natural environment to our mouths. This is the only way we can determine the point in which the food industry turn our food into junk, and find other healthier sources to eat that same food in a beneficial way. Yes, we can indulge in a delicious piece of chocolate or dessert made with chocolate from a sustainable source.
These chocolate almond energy balls are a great snack or dessert, made with all natural and powerful ingredients. These ingredients are filled with protein, fiber and healthy fats to keep your energy levels steady and you body feeling well, awake and strong. I make big batches of chocolate almond energy balls and keep them in the fridge to nibble between meals, after workout and on the go. They are also great snacks to take during your travels.
For this recipe I used my Homemade Almond Butter recipe which is really easy to make but a jar almond butter will work just fine. This recipe contains no refined sugars only natural sugars. Please feel free to ask if your ingredients works as substitute for allergy and intolerance purposes. Otherwise enjoy this beautiful recipe that I made with love as Love is the best ingredient, always.
Related article: Superfood Cacao
Chocolate Almond Energy Balls
- 1 ripe banana
- 1/2 cup organic soft dried apricots
- 1 cup homemade chunky almond butter
- 1/2 cup organic old fashioned oats
- 1 tbs shredded coconut
- 2 tbs Spectrum chia & flax seed blend with coconut & cocoa
- 0.5 lb Valrhona Manjari Cocoa 64% cocoa bittersweet chocolate
- Add all the ingredients except chocolate to a high speed blender (I use Ninja Professional).
- Blend well for about 10 minutes, stopping a few times to bring the ingredients together.
- Place this mixture in a plate and roll into small balls, on the palm of your hands.
- Refrigerate for at least 1/2 hour before coating with chocolate.
- Melt the chocolate in the microwave and pour it into a small bowl.
- Using two spoons, one on each hand, dip and roll the energy balls into the chocolate.
- Place the chocolate dipped energy balls on a tray with parchment paper.
- Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Keep refrigerated