Christmas is a time to be jolly, however we are ALL guilty of overeating…. Traditionally food is best shared with family and friends and eaten slowly over cheerful conversation. Today, it is trendy to catch up over a platter and a few drinks. Here are some healthy tips for the silly season that everyone can enjoy!
This platter contains HALF the amount of calories, and is TWICE THE SIZE than the popular platter choice of French onion dip and savoys.
Look at those colours! This platter doesn’t just look great, it is power-packed with super foods, including:
– Globe artichoke for liver health, digestion of dietary fats, cholesterol balance and blood sugar regulation.
– Berries are a low sugar fruit, and incredibly high in antioxidants called polyphenols that are fabulous for cellular repair, and preventing cellular damage and aging.
– Olives are a great source of anti-inflammatory essential fatty acids.
– Loving Earth dark chocolate is made from 72% raw cacao, meaning it contains a good mineral profile including magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, potassium and manganese. It is low in sugar, vegan, dairy free and gluten free. It also contains a range of antioxidant polyphenols for cell repair.
For the Sweet Tooth…
Bliss balls are a great way to sneak nutrient dense whole foods into unassuming friends and family. Here are some healthy swaps:
- DATES- Substitute the condensed milk traditionally used in rum balls for pitted medjool dates. The cooking properties of date are very similar to condensed milk in that they are sticky, hold dry mixture together, and have a sweet caramel flavour.
- NUTS & SEEDS- Nuts and seeds can be blended in a food processor as an alternative to biscuits. Nuts and seeds have a large mineral complex, and also contain a good amount of fatty acids for brain, eye and skin health.
- ORGANIC COCONUT- Shredded coconut can go through up to four stages of refining before it hits your supermarket shelf- conventional degumming, neutralization, bleaching, and deodorization. For this reason we recommend going organic.
- RAW CACAO- Opting for raw cacao over traditional coco means you will receive more nutrients like magnesium through your diet, magnesium helps with relaxation, and makes you feel better about eating chocolate 😉
Makes approx. 16 balls
- 6-8 fresh pitted Medjool dates (or 12 soaked packet dates)
- 1 cups shredded coconut
- 3 level tbsp raw cacao
- 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
- 2 tsp vanilla extract/powder
- Blend dates first until they are chopped down into small pieces
- Then add other ingredients
- Remove from food processor and roll into balls
- Coat with shredded coconut
view cooking demonstration on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/Des-Lardners-Organic-165724976826271/