Lucuma

Raw Goji Berry Bites

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These Goji Berry Bites are an energizing raw snack full of superfoods that are super easy to make and even easier to eat!  When I first think of superfoods I think of cacao.  Most people know this superfood and remind themselves just how good chocolate is for them as they devour a bar,(myself included.)  I know the truth about my sugar filled bar of chocolate though.  It may be good for my soul it is not really good for my body.  When you hear of chocolate being good for you, this is the kind…raw cacao.  Full of magnesium, calcium and iron and known for giving you a natural energy boost.  Lucuma is another superfood that is not so commonly know.  It is a peruvian grown fruit that was known as Gold of the Incas.  It resembles the size and shape of an avocado only more yellow in color.  It has a maple or caramel-like flavor to it and adds great flavor and nutrients in treats, smoothies and snacks like this.  Full of potassium, zinc and iron, this superfood tastes great and makes you feel just the same!  Goji Berries are one of the most nutrient dense fruits on the planet.  They are high in potassium and contain more iron than spinach, while also being full of antioxidants.  Hooray for a snack with not 1 but 3 superfoods!  The rest of the ingredients you probably know and they don’t need any explanation.  These bites are great for toddler snacks, breakfast on the go, post work outs, and even treats.  They resemble a larabar if you have had those but have a much more interesting and inviting flavor, in my opinion.  Larabars tend to get old half way through but these are something I could eat again and again and can’t stop at just one.

Raw Goji Berry Bites

Makes 18-20 Bites

2 cups raw cashews or almonds

2/3 cup goji berries

22 medjool dates

2 heaping tbsp. cacao

2 heaping tbsp. lucuma

1 tbsp. raw honey or agave

Pinch of sea salt

Splash of water, if necessary

In a food processor combine cashews and pitted dates and pulse for 15 seconds or until it starts to stick together.  Next add cacao, lucuma, honey and salt.  Blend until combined, about 10 seconds.  Last, add in goji berries and pulse only  a few times.  You want to leave the berries in bigger chunks so you can get a nice punch of flavor now and then.  Because the date sizes and freshness can vary slightly you may need to add a splash or two of water.  You will be able to tell when you go to roll the mixture between your hands.  It should not crumble.  Using a tablespoon, scoop out mixture and with your hands roll into a smooth bite size balls.  Repeat until all bites are formed and keep in an air tight container in the fridge or freezer.

* Our natural foods store did not carry some of these ingredients so I ordered them online from Sunfood.

Cheers To Your Health

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I ate an unfathomable amount of cheese puffs and cookies as a child.  I turned out okay.  I even crave and love real whole foods years later.  Give me a juice that tastes like dirt and I am bursting at the seams with enthusiasm.  Fortunately my little lady shares this love for the good green earth too.  There is almost nothing she won’t eat and this makes me the happiest Mama on the block.  When Octave was in my belly I started prepping her with my favorite foods while I  dreamed of a baby who would eat from our plates at our favorite restaurants rather than order beans and cheese or worse, chicken nuggets.  I love beans and I love cheese but I would certainly not want her diet to consist of mainly these.  My philosophy is not to forbid certain foods but rather show her more nutritious ones.  I know that if she is never exposed to sugar that the moment she is given access to it, she will go completely mad.  I don’t want that either. I want her to be filled with so many good nutrients throughout the day that letting her enjoy some homemade nutella, cookies or ice cream is not a worry.  I want to emphasize less on what she shouldn’t eat and focus on all the wonderful things she IS eating.  Recently I mixed up a little concoction that Octave drinks daily.  I call it her superfood smoothie.  This lady takes her smoothie so seriously that I can hardly keep a straight face while watching her drink it.  We both enjoy it for lunch or an afternoon snack.  It is packed full of goodness and pretty darn tasty as well!

 Superfood Smoothie

Makes 16 ounces

1 frozen banana

1 cup frozen blueberries

1/2 cup plain yogurt

3/4 cup orange juice

2 tbsp. chia seeds

1 tbsp. lucuma powder

1 chunk of tumeric root (about the size of a grape)

1 chunk of ginger root (just a little bigger than the turmeric,) or to taste

1 tsp. bee pollen

1/4 tsp cinnamon

2-4 ice cubes, depending on how you prefer the consistency

Peel turmeric and ginger, roughly chop and place in blender. Add all other ingredients except ice cubes and blend until smooth.  Add ice cubes until you have a consistency you like. Pour and sprinkle bee pollen for garnish.

* I LOVE ginger! Unless you love it as much as i do, start with a little less and you can always keep adding more.