Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Post workout raw balls

These balls are perfect after a strength training workout, as they provide proteins, vitamins and healthy carbohydrates to fuel your muscles. In addition...they taste great too:) 

I have used mulberries in this recipe, but feel free to use any dried berries. Mulberries are native in China and are very low in calories. 1 cup of mulberries contain only 60 calories. They consist of 90% healthy carbohydrates, which are perfect after any workout, as they will fuel your muscles. Other health benefits of these cute berries are (source: http://www.livestrong.com/article/408406-health-benefits-of-mulberries/)

  • they are high in fiber, which helps the body to control blood sugar level,  promote sense of fullness and prevent over eating
  • unlike other berries, mulberries are high in iron. 1 cup of them contains 14% of recommended iron for women and 32% for men
  • they are rich in Vitamin C and K. Vitamin C helps iron absorption, therefore they are perfect if you need to boost your iron intake. Vitamin K contributes to bone tissue development and also helps control the thickness of the blood
  • they are a great source of Riboflavin (Vitamin B2). B2 helps defend tissue damage against free radicals. It also supports oxygen transport by helping to make red blood cells, and aids in converting food into energy. 

What will you need:

- 6-7 Medjool dates, soaked for 30 minutes
- 3/4 cup of hazelnuts, soaked overnight
- 1 tsp cocoa
- pinch of salt
- 1 handful of Mulberries (you can use any dried berries)
- 1 tbsp chia seeds, soaked for 30 minutes
- coconut flour for coating (or coconut flakes)
  1. Drain the hazelnuts and place them into a food processor with an S-blade. Process until hazelnuts are broken down to small pieces
  2. Add remaining ingredients until a sticky dough is formed and everything is well combined together 
  3. Take a small part of the dough and form balls between your hands.  Coat the balls in coconut flour (or coconut flakes) generously 
  4. Place the balls to the fridge for at least an hour before serving.

Enjoy :)

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