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Create Your Own Snacks!

I am really having fun making my own Power Bites.  I know exactly what’s in them and it’s fun to play.  Today’s experiment may sound a little crazy.  I looked to see what I had on hand and just went for it!

  • 1 can organic pumpkin
  • 1 can garbanzo beans (yes garbanzo beans, great source of fiber….I had a choice between these, black beans, or peanut butter.  I’ve already done peanut butter, black beans are next on the list! ;))
  • 1/4 cup organic honey (more if you like it sweeter)
  • a couple handfuls of walnuts (one for the blender, and one chopped)
  • 3 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • handful of dark chocolate chips (that’s all I had)
  • 2 tablespoons each of chia seeds, hemp seeds, and ground flax
  • 4 drops cinnamon essential oil
  • 2 drops nutmeg essential essential oil
  • 1 packet of vanilla Plant Protein
  • 1 T coconut oil
  • approximately 1/4 tsp. of sea salt

Combine coconut oil, garbanzo beans, pumpkin, honey, 1 handful of the walnuts, and salt in Vitamix (it worked better than my NutriBullet).  Cream together then scrap into a bowl…  Then add the rest of the ingredients.  Roll into balls (whatever size you like) and freeze for approx. 1 hour.  Put some in an airtight container in the fridge and store the rest in the freezer.  This made about 3 1/2 dozen balls!

Make your own, have fun…play with it.

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Prebiotics..Probiotics…What’s the difference????

The difference is……

Probiotics are “good” bacteria that help keep your digestive system healthy by controlling growth of harmful bacteria. Prebiotics are carbohydrates that cannot be digested by the human body. They are food for probiotics. The primary benefit of probiotics and prebiotics appears to be helping you maintain a healthy digestive system.

To help maintain healthy level of prebiotics, you can feed them with the foods you eat. Foods rich in prebiotics include asparagus, Jerusalem artichokes, bananas, oatmeal, and legumes.

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/nutrition-vitamins-11/probioticschicory-2-high1

Probiotic or beneficial (“good”) intestinal bacteria promote health, discourage the growth of disease-causing (“bad”) bacteria and pathogenic fungi, and improve the balance of microbes which normally inhabit our intestines. Many beneficial bacteria transform naturally occurring sugars, especially lactose, into lactic acid, promoting a more balanced and stable intestinal environment. As one of the most abundant sources of lactose is milk, these beneficial bacteria have been used for thousands of years to produce yogurt, cheese, and fermented milks. Both science and folklore support healthful roles for these foods.

Probiotic supplements can be confusing… choose one with 5 billion beneficial “probiotic” bacteria for a healthy digestive system ..

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A wonderful way to get your prebiotics is with SmatMix which includes the amazing botanical superfood..Moringa!

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What Superfoods Have You Tried??

I like to add Maca, among other Superfoods, to my smoothies in the morning.

Benefits of Maca Powder…..

Maca root has been used by indigenous Andean societies as a source of nourishment and healing for thousands of years.  Studies have identified four alkaloids present in Maca known to nourish the endocrine system.  Maca root has been used as a stress-fighting adaptogen to increase stamina,  boost libido and combat fatigue.  Maca is a nutrient-dense whole food packed with vitamins, plant sterols as well as many essential minerals, fatty and amino acids.

Suggested Uses:

Smoothies, shakes, and tea

Granola, cereal, and yogurt

Energy bars

Benefits:

Adaptogen

Amino acids

Essential minerals

 

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