4 Superfood Ball Recipes
Superfood balls. Purple sweet potato. Banana. Peanut butter. Chocolate. All in a base of oat, coconut, date, and coconut oil. You can imagine the delicious flavors already. These colorful eye catching little poppers can be eaten cold, frozen, baked rather than raw, and are sweet and easy. Just a few of these and you’re good to go, superfood nutrition and energy for hours that will keep you satiated, provide you with all the benefits of coconut and oats (read more below), and are high in protein and fiber.
Heat does not kill the beneficial fats in coconut products versus in many other food forms. Coconut contains medium chain fatty acids, making it a healthy saturated fat. Their small cell structure and unique absorption process (only 3 steps to be converted to energy versus 26 steps for other fats) allows them to be readily used for energy rather than stored. It is highly digestible, potent in antioxidants, anti microbial, promotes hormone balance due to the healthy fats, and anti-fungal, just to name a few.11 reasons to add coconut oil and coconut products into your regime; 1)Reduces inflammation- Inflammation leads to disease, pain, and poor health. 2)Prevents and reverses cancer- Chemical components in the breakdown of coconut oil kill cells that lead to cancer and prevent it from growing. 3)Immune boosting- Because coconut oil is anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-parasitic, it promotes a healthy gut and body, making it difficult for disease to grow, including candida. 4)Energy- Your body uses glycogen (from grains and sugars) to burn as fuel before it starts burning fat. Skip the sugar and take coconut oil before your workouts, or combine them as many athletes are doing. It’s readily available as energy and will give you the fat and muscle burning endurance you need. 5)Brain health- More and more studies are showing that coconut oil is great for your brain functions because its not insulin dependent for energy. Extensive research on its positive affect on alzheimer’s has been promising. 6)Reduction in high blood pressure and heart healthy- The healthy fats in coconut oil prevent heart disease, turn bad cholesterol (LDL) into good cholesterol, and increase the good cholesterol (HDL). 7)Liver, kidney, gallbladder, gut, pancreas, and UTI protection- Coconut oil helps kill the bacteria that leads to infections in the kidney and urinary tract, as well as protecting from liver damage and reducing stress on the liver. Because it doesn’t need enzymes to be broken down, it eases the pancreas and gallbladder. Also it helps treat candida, a fungal overgrowth in the gut which leads to all sort of complications, helping digestion, reducing ulcers, and promoting a healthy probiotic intestinal environment. 8)Skin, hair, nails, and gums/teeth- Coconut is great for using as a base for all your cosmetic needs. It is antimicrobial and can heal many skin disorders. It has natural sun protecting agents, is a great moisturizer and can be used as a facial wash. You can also use it to brush your teeth (mix with baking soda) or do tooth pulling. Tooth pulling is swooshing coconut oil in your mouth for up to 20 minutes, has been used for centuries, and significantly reduces the bacteria that leads to periodontal and gum disease. 9)Bone/muscle health- Coconut oil helps increase calcium absorption and bone volume and structure. It is great osteoporosis, reducing bone loss, and fighting the oxidative stress that accompanies it. Along with burning fat, this oil builds muscle and is used in many muscle building shakes and drinks. 10)Diabetes protection- This oil provides a consistent energy source that is not insulin dependent and can take stress off the pancreas to overcompensate. 11)Fat burning- Research on coconut oils fat burning properties are vast. It decreases appetite, improves thyroid function, lowers resting heart rate, and helps your body burn turn that fat into energy. Oats are loaded with vitamins and minerals as well, making them a great and convenient source of nutrition. They are loaded with manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, iron, zinc, folate, silica, calcium, potassium, vitamin B1, B5, B6 and B3, protein, complex carbohydrates, and fiber. Also an incredible source of heart healthy, nutrient packed, energy.
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