in the kitchen: GCT bites
I’ve got a major sweet tooth. My candied cravings have lessened as I've gotten older and the types of treats I look for have changed as well. That's not to say that if I see warm cookies and ice cream* I won't go for it, but my palette has matured and I'm more mindful of what I feed my body. *(NadaMoo! is the best- you heard it here first.)
In an effort to satisfy those stubborn gut bacteria every now and then, I've been messing around in the kitchen with various not-that-unhealthy ingredients. I must say, I am pleasantly surprised with the outcome(s). There have been two trial runs thus far in Studio 3 and the results are coco cacao bites and these, GCT power bites.
I've never been a culinary master, so if I can whip up these balls and have them taste delish, it's safe to say that you can, too. These GCT power bites are jam-packed nutrient-rich ingredients serving up a wholesome, guilt-free snack experience. I'll elaborate on the benefits of each ingredient in a bit.
This whole recipe sharing thing is new to me, so I apologize in advance for ‘guesstimations’ on the measurements. I usually eyeball and add based on taste, texture, etc; emphasis on 'new to me' in the previous sentence. Okay, so to be clear, all ingredients accompanied by an asterisk (*) is an approximated measurement. If you add a little less or a little more, it'll be just as tasty. The next recipe I share will be exact -- bear with me.
4 medjool dates, pitted
7 baby carrots, sliced and grated
2 tsp. ground cinnamon*
1 1/2 tsp. ground turmeric *
1/2 cup coco shreds
1/2 cup grated ginger root
Dash of salt
1/3 cup Almond butter*
1/2 tbsp. ground flaxseed *
A touch of chia seeds
Add all ingredients to your food processor.
I used a NutriBullet; I'm not entirely sure whether or not it's adept to mix ingredients like this on an everyday basis, but it's served me well so far.
You'll have to stop a few times to scrape the contents on the sides since there is no liquid base to help swoosh them around.
Process for about a minute or so.
Once it's done, you can do one of two things: take the dough and put in the fridge to harden for about an hour then roll into balls or if it's consistency allows you to roll it into balls right away, go for it.
Once balls are rolled, put them in a glass Tupperware and throw 'em in the freezer.
For the finale: once frozen, take out and feast on your GCT power bites! If eaten immediately out of the freezer, they take on a frozen treat persona- and wow, are they something else.
Note: although they're perfect by themselves, if you're looking to spice it up, toss one in with your morning yogurt.
Prep time: Less than 10 minutes
Onto the good stuff: the benefits
Medjool dates: Dates get a bad rap for being sugar laden; they still provide several health benefits. Great for: weight loss, bowel movement support, reducing blood pressure, and promoting respiratory and digestive health.
Baby carrots: Good source of beta-carotene, fiber, vitamin K, potassium, and antioxidants. Help reduce the risk of cancer, lower blood cholesterol, and the improve eye health.
Ground cinnamon: Loaded with antioxidants, cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties that help lower your risk of diseases. Great for your heart, lowers cholesterol and reduces high blood pressure. Also helps fight diabetes by improving your body's sensitivity to insulin. The list goes on...
Ground turmeric: Turmeric contains a curcumin, which is renowned for it's anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. It also helps lower your risk of heart disease. Almost too many benefits to count. Here are some more.
Coconut shreds: Chock full of protein, fiber, iron, and zinc. Quadruple threat. Keep in mind that there is a high-fat content, so it's smart to limit your intake.
Ginger root: fights fungal infections, helps treat nausea, protects against stomach ulcers, eases menstrual pains, regulates blood sugar, relieves joint and muscle pain, and improves brain function- just to name a few.
Salt: In moderation, salt has plenty of benefits. It helps with oral rehydration, prevents iodine deficiency, helps prevent diabetes, and improves cardiovascular health.
Almond butter: Contains magnesium which boosts heart health, and potassium, which is important for good blood pressure and heart health. Almonds have a low-glycemic index, making almond butter blood sugar friendly.
Organic ground flaxseed: High in fiber, low in carbs. Helps lower cholesterol, support digestive health, and are high in omega-3 fatty acids.
Chia seeds: These tiny seeds are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, anti-oxidants, and protein. They also support digestion and promote energy.
Phew, that was a mouthful. What are you still doing reading this? Shimmy over to the kitchen so you can have a mouthful of GCT power bites by dessert time. Remember: life can be sweet and healthy.