Got a craving for coconut? Mad about macadamia nuts? Give this easy and delicious recipe a try! It’s loaded with nourishing ingredients to help put a lift in your spirits and a skip in your step. Best of all? You can keep these little snack balls in the refrigerator to take with you on-the-go. Enjoy!
Energizing Macadamia Coconut Balls (makes about 12 snack balls)
- 2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/3 cup macadamia nuts (I used Royal Hawaiian Sea Salt Macadamias)
- 1 banana
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1 Tbsp melted coconut oil
- A pinch of nutmeg
In a food processor, process 1 cup of the coconut and all of the macadamia nuts. It’s okay if the mixture is a bit chunky. Add the coconut oil and process for about three seconds. In a medium-sized bowl, peel and mash the banana. Add the vanilla extract, maple syrup, and nutmeg. Transfer the mixture in the food processor to the bowl and mix well. Using your hands, roll the mixture into one or two inch balls. Scoop up the remaining shredded coconut and pat onto each ball, coating it thoroughly. Keep the balls in the refrigerator in an air-tight container.
It’s no secret that I am a big fan of juicing. From kale to mangoes, I juice it all! But lately I have been super busy with the upcoming holiday and I haven’t had time to make my homemade juice. Bummer. That’s why I am loving the bottled juice from Forager. Not only are all of their juices delicious, they are packed with nutrients that your body needs to stay happy and healthy. Best of all? Their juices are USDA certified organic, raw, and cold-pressed.
Forager juice is made in a fresh produce facility rather than a juice processing plant. All of their products are made right on-site in their own state-of-the-art facility. Their experts run this fully refrigerated facility from start to finish, ensuring that their juice is tasty and nutritious. Forager offers a wide range of juice flavors to choose from, including nut milk and vegetable juice paired with delicious fruit. Their juices are vegan, organic, and lactose-free. Because the juices are never heated, all of the nutrients are intact, allowing your body to absorb the vitamins, minerals, and enzymes.
There are so many flavors of Forager juice to choose from and they are all fabulous! It was hard for me to narrow it down to my top three favorites. First of all, can we talk about their green juice? This is something that I am now obsessed with. I can literally drink two bottles of the Forager Greens and Orange juice every day. It’s that good! Spinach is the first ingredient followed by kale, hydrating coconut water, orange, cucumbers, limes, and romaine. The earthy flavor of the greens is toned down by the coconut water and orange…it’s quite delicious! Next up, I loved the Forager Beets juice. This is such a refreshing juice loaded with ingredients like beets, cucumbers, and celery. It even has balsamic vinegar in there and it pairs perfectly with all of the other flavors! Last but not least, I am loving the Forager Nuts & Vanilla milk. This has a blend of cashews, almonds, and oats with some added cinnamon and vanilla beans for fun flavor. I had this nut milk during the day and I found that it gave me a nice boost of energy.
In this nutrition webisode of “Authentic Living with Margaux” for Nature and Health Magazine, Margaux J Rathbun, B.S., N.T.P., shares with you her favorite plant-based sources of protein and demonstrates how to make a protein-packed smoothie. To learn more, visit www.natureandhealth.com.au.
I love nuts and cashews have always been one of my favorites. They are a super tasty and nutritious food. Cashews are indigenous to the Americas but are widely cultivated in India and Africa. They are a great on-the-go snack and can be used in a variety of different recipes. Cashews have a lower fat content than most nuts. That being said, the fat that is in cashews is unsaturated, the same heart-healthy fat that is found in olive oil (oleic acid). Oleic acid has been shown to promote good cardiovascular health, even in individuals with diabetes. Cashews are a good source of magnesium, a mineral that helps regulate nerve and muscle tone. Cashews are also rich in minerals that help to maintain healthy bone density. They are a very good source of copper which is a cofactor for enzymes necessary for proper bone metabolism. Cashews are also rich in phytosterols, phytonutrients that can help block cholesterol absorption and lower cholesterol levels in the body.
DID YOU KNOW:
– Cashews are a good source of sleep-promoting tryptophan.
– Adding cashews to salads and sauteed dishes is a great way to benefit from their nutrients.
– You can purchase organic cashew butter in stores for a delicious and nutritious spread. Just be sure you refrigerate it after opening.