I had mentioned on various social media sites that I was going to start having guest posts from fellow bloggers and health nuts and now it’s time to start the fun! This is my dear friend Michelle, who will share some healthy tips and recipes with all of you once a month in a bit we like to call “Vibrant Bites”.
I’ve known Michelle since 2008 when we worked together as professional nomads. We both got along very quickly and became friends almost instantly. She is also one of the only friends I have who has struggled with healthy habits and weight the way I do and still am. We could relate on so many levels. She has always been athletic and strived for a healthy lifestyle, and now she’s moved out to Seattle to start a new adventure and I’ve never seen her happier! She is currently studying to become a health coach and has started giving me some great advice and tips to make small changes that will make for big changes in the long run (I’m always happy being my friends’ guinea pigs!). We decided to collaborate together and I’ve invited her to come share a post on my blog once a month. We’re going to call them “Vibrant Bites” since her web site is Vibrant Health Coaching. Check it out! She’s starting out a great thing.
She recently made the recipe we’re sharing on here now: Raw Coconut Truffles. When you chill them in the fridge and then take a bite, they taste just like cookie dough. Intrigued by her Facebook picture of these, I told her I would recreate them and then have her come share the recipe, the benefits of the ingredients in it and any other tidbits that will help all of you! I made them and OH. MY. GOD. They are GOOD. So without further ado, take it away Michelle!
Hey there everyone, I am pleased as punch to share this recipe with you to kick off Vibrant Bites! I am currently training as a Holistic Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and will receive my certification in July 2014. I’m really stoked about that because I love geeking out about healthy food, exercise and how to live your life more vibrantly and naturally.
To me, living vibrantly means finding a balance in your diet, relationships, physical activity, work and spiritual life that makes you feel energetic and happy. By making small, sustainable changes, we all can discover our individual, unique path to happiness and wellness…my job as a health coach is to guide you to YOURS!
So…these Raw Coconut Truffles, where do they fit in? They are homemade treats that are reminiscent of eating raw cookie dough, but are packed with nutrients instead of processed sugars.
Dates are rich in dietary fiber, potassium, calcium, copper and magnesium. The natural sugars do not cause a spike in your blood sugar like white sugars and I’m a fan of sweetness from whole foods over processed foods as a general practice. The fiber is a treat for you gut, making you feel full and assisting in keeping you, ahem, regular.
Cashews are heart healthy, vanilla is a natural aphrodisiac (woohoo, talk about more vibrant relationships hehe!) and dark chocolate is full of antioxidants that help free your body of free radicals which cause damage to your cells. Dark chocolate is also a great source of flavonoids, which may help to lower blood pressure. Shoot for at least 60% cacao, but I always just grab the highest cacao kind available.
Shredded coconut is low carb but packs a whallop in the fat department. Use sparingly as I still would prefer to see someone eat some organic, unsweetened coconut in a homemade goodie than a procesed Almond Joy.
Try it out, be creative and do your best not to eat the whole batch at once! xoxo Michelle
A big thanks to Michelle and check back next month when she offers up another Vibrant Bite! Happy Monday, friends!
- 1 cup (8 oz.) pitted dates, roughly chopped (take out pit if unpitted)
- 1 cup raw, unsalted cashews, roughly chopped
- ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut, plus extra to roll balls in
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup dark chocolate chips (can use mini, semi-sweet, whatever, just shoot for at least 60% cacao)
- Combine all ingredients, except chocolate chips, in a food processor and pulse/mix until the mixture is dough-like.
- Fold in chocolate chips (I used my hands cuz why not?)
- Take 1 or 1½ tablespoons of mixtures and roll into balls
- Roll in unsweetened shredded coconut, chopped nuts, or whatever, if you like
- Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
- Chill for 45 minutes or up to 2 hours
- Makes 12-16 balls, depending on size you roll
- Store in your fridge or freezer.