For Dads with a Candy-Tooth

By Melody Hord, Visitor Author

A few of my fondest childhood reminiscences revolve round scrumptious candy treats. More often than not when my dad arrived residence from work within the night, I might ask him, “What did you deliver me, Daddy?” Many occasions he had introduced me one thing delectably candy, like a Milky Means or Three Musketeers Bar. Gooey, nuggety, doughy, scrumptious!

One night my daddy stopped by a donut store earlier than coming residence. He labored out an excellent cope with the night time supervisor to buy each single donut that they had left within the retailer that day. When he pulled up together with his automotive seats loaded with bins filled with donuts, my brother and I have been ecstatic. That scrumptious booty just about crammed up our complete Frigidaire freezer. For a lot of every week, our after faculty snacks have been a sugary homerun and large hit within the neighborhood.

Through the years, nevertheless, I’ve discovered the perils of consuming an excessive amount of sugar, particularly refined sugar and excessive-fructose corn syrup.

Now I take pleasure in pure types of sweetness reminiscent of my favourite fruits like raspberries and strawberries. They include fiber and vitamins which are very wholesome when consumed mindfully.

However the one factor that has actually taken the place of all these nuggety chewy, doughy, thick, fudgy sweet bars, is residence-made “nut balls”! Along with my love for juicing and BarleyMax, nut balls are one of many biggest presents the Hallelujah Food plan has taught me.

Nut balls are primarily nuts and seeds or nuts butters combined with dried fruit and/or honey. Extra importantly, they style nearly as good as any sweet bar Dad ever introduced me, doughy, coconutty, chewy, delicious, however with no hydrogenated oils or refined sugar and full of pure fiber!

Please discover a number of recipes under. You need to use any number of nuts or seeds you select, so be happy to combine it up. In different phrases, if the recipe requires almonds and all you’ve gotten are hazelnuts and pumpkins seeds, then use what you will have!

For a few years within the well being meals world, we have now been taught to soak our nuts, seeds, grains and beans in a single day or as much as 24 hours earlier than utilizing them. This begins the germination course of and causes them to launch phytates. Phytates are present in all entire grains, beans, nuts and seeds. The idea has been that phytates might block nutrient absorption.

New research have proven that phytates are literally useful to the physique. They’ve confirmed to inhibit human most cancers cell progress in petri-dish research, together with colon, breast, cervix, prostate, liver, pancreas and pores and skin cancers.1 Moreover, in his e-book, How To not Die, Michael Greger, MD with Gene Stone explains that, “phytates have been discovered to spice up the exercise of pure killer cells, that are white blood cells that type your first line of protection by searching down and disposing of most cancers cells. Phytates may also play a task in your final line of protection, which includes ravenous tumors of their blood provide.”2

So, we see, soaked AND un-soaked nuts are each wholesome!

Nuts and Seeds are excessive in fiber, nutritional vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Many seeds and nuts include round four to eight grams of protein per quarter cup. That’s why some individuals name nut balls- “Protein Balls”.

A research by Researchers from Brigham and Ladies’s Hospital and Harvard Medical Faculty discovered that the “individuals who ate nuts seven or extra occasions every week, in truth, loved a 20% decrease dying fee after 4 years than people who didn’t eat nuts.”three This research additionally discovered that common nut shoppers have been inclined to be leaner.

The PREDIMED research reported that consuming nuts every day lowered coronary heart assault danger by 30%.four

Nuts and seeds might assist decrease LDL ldl cholesterol and lift good HDL ldl cholesterol.5

So once I get a hankering for one thing candy, one among my decisions is nut balls. Positive they’ve some pure sugar. However with the wholesome fats and protein from the nuts, one or two balls supplies prompt satisfaction.

Having wholesome snacks like nut balls on-hand is a blessing to your self that retains you trustworthy to an entire meals weight loss plan.  Nut balls have rescued me from grabbing processed sweets many a time. I hold them available, often within the freezer or fridge, as Rhonda Malkmus does for George. Who is aware of, nut balls could also be my ticket to an extended life, leaner waistline and fewer probability for coronary heart illness.  So for all you dads who’ve a candy-tooth that haven’t found nut balls, might you get rescued with these life-enhancing  nutty candy treats.

Primary Nut Balls

Makes about sixteen Balls

1 cup walnuts soaked in a single day
eight dates
1/eight tsp unrefined salt
four Tbsp. floor flax seeds
1 tsp vanilla

Course of all components in a meals processor with the S-blade. Roll into balls concerning the measurement of a golf ball. Retailer in freezer or fridge.
Optionally available: Add a pair tablespoons of lemon juice for a lemon taste.

Fig Treats

from Rhonda’s Culinary Creations from Easy to Gourmand by Rhonda Malkmus
Yield: roughly 20 balls

1 cup pecans
20 dried figs
1 cup natural raisins
6 Tbsp. almond butter
¾ cup shredded coconut
½ cup crushed almonds (elective)

Place pecans into meals processor with an S-blade and chop nuts to nice consistency. Take away to bowl. Leaving S-blade in place, add figs and raisins and course of till creamy. Pour into bowl with nuts and fold in almond butter and coconut and blend properly. Spoon out with a tsp, roll right into a ball, after which roll in crushed almonds. Proceed making balls till all components are used.

Carob Coconut Sweet Balls – No Meals Processor Wanted

By Melody Hord
Yield: Roughly 20 balls

1 ½ cups almond butter
⅓ cup uncooked honey
four Tbsp. Hallelujah Food plan Uncooked Carob powder
1 – 1 ½ cups unsweetened coconut shreds

Stir first three elements till properly blended. Add coconut and combine once more. Use arms if desired. Roll into balls.
Choice: Miss coconut and add additional carob powder to desired thickness.

  1. How To not Die, Michael Greger, MD with Gene Stone, Flatiron Books, 2015 p. sixty seven
  2. http://www.cnn.com/2013/eleven/21/well being/nuts-longevity-time/
  3. Eat Fats, Get Skinny, Mark Hyman, MD, Little Brown and Firm, 2016 p.157
  4. Turning into Uncooked by Brenda Davis, RD and Vesanto Melina, MS, RD with Ryan Berry, E-book Publishing Firm,2010, p.one hundred thirty five

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