Brain-Boosting Chocolate Energy Bites
By Drew Canole
Summer is here! We’re all ready for long sunny days, vacation and weeks packed with work and fun. Sometimes the change in structure during the summer can make maintaining a healthy diet tricky. We are traveling more, eating out more and possibly needing more food because of all the activities that are draining our energy.
Summer is a perfect time to keep the fridge full of energy-boosting snacks that are readily available when the kids (or you!) are poking around for a treat. The following is a list of the perfect ingredients as well as an energy-boosting recipe that you and your family will love. If you don’t have all the ingredients below, feel free to substitute with the best ingredients you do have and let us know if you create anything delicious!
Coconut oil and coconut shavings are great for making homemade delicious brain-boosting snacks for the whole family to enjoy!
Coconuts can help prevent obesity by speeding metabolism and suppressing appetite. They are a good source of energy with fewer calories than other fats. They also contain medium chain fatty acids (MCFA) which represent 1% of all fatty acids consumed and have no negative effects on cholesterol. In populations such as Sri Lanka and Polynesia, where coconuts are regularly consumed, there are very low to no rates of heart disease and serum cholesterol.
Coconuts fall under the Low Glycemic Index. GI measures how fast carbohydrates raise blood sugar levels. You want to keep your blood levels steady, as spikes or sudden falls can raise your risk of developing diabetes or other blood related problems. Coconut also helps reduce unhealthy sugar cravings.
One of Nature’s purest foods is raw honey. It contains natural antimicrobial and antioxidant properties along with 5,000 live enzymes, 27 minerals and 22 amino acids! And you can receive nearly all its benefits in just one spoonful!
Raw honey is one of the best sweeteners you can use. Not only does it pack a nutritional punch, but it works to metabolize cholesterol and fatty acids, which helps the body maintain a healthy weight.
Always try your best to find raw honey; processed honey is heated and filtered and thus depleted of many important nutrients.
Almonds are also a great brain food! They have been linked to higher intellectual levels and are a must for growing children. The two most vital brain nutrients found in almonds are riboflavin and L-carnitine, which play a role in building neural pathways and preventing Alzheimer’s Disease.
According to a study by Loma Linda School of Public Health, consuming 5 almonds per week can decrease heart attack risk by 50%. The flavonoids in almonds work with vitamin E to protect artery walls from damage.
Other studies show that almonds, almond butter and almond oil contribute to the overall health and functionality of the nervous system.
The folic acid in almonds make it an excellent snack for pregnant women. Folic acid is important in reducing birth defects in newborn babies and helps with cell grown and tissue formation.
We all know chocolate makes people happy. Finding the right kind of chocolate (pure without a long list of ingredients) is important, and raw cacao is right on target! It’s believed to help with focus, reducing fatigue, improving heart strength and cardiovascular health, treating of kidney and bladder disease, improving digestion and appetite and longevity.
A review done by researchers from Switzerland and Harvard Medical School concluded:
“Recent research revealed that cocoa does indeed exert beneficial cardiovascular effects, probably mediated mainly by its polyphenols…This may explain… the potentially beneficial effects on blood pressure, insulin resistance, and blood lipids.”
Raw cacao has potent antioxidants called flavonoids. These neutralize free radicals in the body that are the cause of many diseases. The flavonoids in cacao also lower bad cholesterol, decrease inflammation and may interfere with cancer development.
Chocolate Coconut Energy Balls
- ⅓ cup coconut oil
- ¾ cup organic raw honey
- ½ cup almond butter
- ½ cup coconut flakes
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- ⅔ cups raw cacao or cocoa powder
- Melt coconut oil, honey and almond butter together on the stove. Keep the heat as low as possible so you don’t burn out nutrients. 🙂
- Add cacao powder and vanilla extract and stir.
- Sprinkle in coconut flakes.
- Drop by spoonful onto a cookie sheet and set in the freezer for about 20 minutes.
- Store in an air-tight container or back and keep in the fridge.
Drew Canole is a rockstar in the world of fitness, nutrition and mindset, with a huge heart for others and doing his part to transform the world, one person at a time.
As the founder and CEO of Fitlife.TV, he is committed to sharing educational, inspirational and entertaining videos and articles about health, fitness, healing and longevity. He is also a best selling author and the founder of Organifi, an organic, incredibly delicious greens powder, chock-full of superfoods to make juicing easy no matter your busy schedule.
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