Fit Fridays

Fit Fridays

Keeping Healthy during the Hoildays

So much food and drink- what to do?!

Yes, it’s that time of the year were we want to celebrate with our family friends. We get to see some of our family and friends that we don’t see often during the year with our busy schedules and work. We are invited to so many gatherings, parties, festivities and we also host some ourselves. The type of food that is served it typiccaly finger food, lots of carbs, dips, gravies, lots of liquor, deserts and so much more. We are lucky that nowadays we have a variety of ingredients to cook and bake with which are gluten free, have less carbs, less saturated fat, less salt

Fit Fridays

Fit Fridays

Vegan, Gluten and Lactose Free Sweet Bites

Healthy Balls

Everyday, more and more people opt to try to be healthier and thanks to all the Social Media and all the knowledge available, everyone can do a little better, or else try. The most important thing is to collect different recipes and know what kind of ingredients are good for what. Whether you want to try more of a gluten free diet or vegetarian/vegan, you will find countless of information and recipes on several social media groups and Pinterest.

Today I decided to make one of my favourite gluten free and vegan, healthy sweet recipe. I call them Healthy Balls! 🙂

It is very simple to make and here are the ingredients needed to make them:

  • Almonds- 1 cup
  • Dates- 1 1/2 cups
  • Coconut Flour- 1 cup
  • Dessicated coconut (optional) – 2 spoons
  • Honey- 2 teaspoons
  • Coconut oil- 2 spoons
  • Peanut Butter (or any other nut butter- Optional) – 1 spoon
  • Chia seeds- 1 tea spoon
  • Hemp seed Protein Powder (optional)- any flavor you like – 1 small scoop

    Firstly, put the almonds, dates, coconut flour and chia seeds in a blender. After you blend, add the protein powder, dessicated coconut, coconut oil, honey and peanut butter if you are using it. Blend again. Refrigirate for about 30-45 minutes and then scoop with a spoon and mould into balls. They are immediately ready to enjoy!

    Why are they so good for you? 

    Coconut is high in natural saturated fats which increase the healthy cholesterol (DHL) in your body as well as help convert the (bad) cholesterol – LDL into good cholesterol. It also promotes heart health and lowers the risk of heart disease. Coconut flour is high in fiber and is free from wheat and other grains. It is also very low in sugar. Almonds have the same benefits as coconut and they also contain unique and protective phystosterol antioxidants. It is also high in protein.  Dates can reduce blood pressure, promote respiratory and digestive health and are a good scource of iron too. Chia seeds contain healthy omega-3 fatty acids and are high in calcium and antioxidants. Honey can prevent cancer and heart disease. It also contains flavanoids and antioxidants.

    This is a very quick thing to make, no baking neccesary and great to munch on when you want something healthy but don’t want to sacrifice many calories and sugar. This is a really healthy gluten and lactose free, vegan receipe that is already enjoyed by many.

    Try it out! Bon apetite!