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Anti-Inflammatory Protein Balls

22 February

AntiInflameProteinBallstextWhen you’re thinking about healing your body with food it’s easy to assume that you have to be a culinary monk eating foods that are simple, nutritious and not necessarily tasty.  Hopefully by now you’ve heard our GRUB equation:

Nutrition + Joy = Nourishment

For us, the joy comes in the deliciousness, and nourishment is achieved by enjoying tasty foods and beverages that support your body with necessary nutrition.

On the path to Gut Health one of the mile markers is often referred to as “Replace”: put back the minerals, vitamins and nutrients your body hasn’t been able to absorb because of the state of your gut un-health, and that it needs to make its comeback to health.  Dark leafy greens are a great starting point here.  This week’s recipe is a bit tastier and more fun to eat than a pile of steamed kale, but it also nourishes your body with minerals {especially magnesium, zinc and iron}, healthy fats, protein, fiber, and anti-inflammation deliciousness.

See?  Gut Health really IS
for everyone!

Here are a few notes about the following recipe, depending on where your body is on its healing journey:

  1. Everyone should use raw sunflower and pumpkin seeds, this ensures that the Omega-3s and Omega-6s are in their healthiest, most beneficial state.  These natural oils in this state will encourage anti-inflammation in your whole body.
  2. If you know your gut has a tough time digesting seeds, soak them for 2 – 4 hours beforehand.  Then drain and blot them so they’re just damp {this will probably mean you don’t need to add the optional water in the recipe for consistency}.  Soaking nuts, seeds, grains and legumes increases their digestibility for everyone, and is especially helpful for sensitive, healing guts.
  3. Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties, but to up the ante on anti-inflammation, add 1/4 – 1/2 tsp of powdered turmeric, too.
  4. Popped amaranth is really fun, tasty, and gives these balls added crunch and a hint of popcorn flavor {without using corn, a grain that is tough for lots of folks to digest}, but it is entirely optional, especially if you know that your gut struggles with digesting grains.

Enjoy!
Love,
Liz

Anti-Inflammatory Protein Balls

Ingredients {makes 10 balls}IMG_1297
1/2 cup pitted deglet Noor dates
1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup raw, hulled sunflower seeds {they’re gray, not the kind you bring to a baseball game}
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp powdered ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp water, if needed for consistency
2 Tb popped amaranth seeds*

Directions
1. Place all ingredients except for optional water and popped amaranth in the bowl of your food processor, and process until it becomes a chunky, well-incorporated mixture; this may take a minute or two, and you may have to stop and scrape down the sides a few times. Add popped amaranth, and process for a few seconds more, until amaranth is incorporated.
2. If the mixture is dry and crumbly, add 1 tsp of water so it sticks together.  Form into balls, cubes or bars, and eat at room temperature or chilled {they’ll firm up in the fridge}.  Store in a container in the refrigerator.

*To pop amaranth: heat a small skillet over high heat.  When it’s hot, add about a teaspoon of amaranth kernels, and immediately cover {these little buggers fly everywhere!}.  The amaranth should begin popping {yes, like popcorn!  Only quieter} within seconds; if not, and it starts to burn, the pan is not hot enough, and you should carefully increase the burner heat, and start again with a new teaspoon-full.  Once the majority of your kernels are popped, remove them to a clean bowl, and repeat until you have the amount of popped amaranth you want.  After burning lots of amaranth, and swearing I’d never get it, I found this tutorial on-line, and it was really helpful.

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Liz Flint-Somerville, Nutritional Consultant

Liz was a partner in Grub for 3 amazing years and helped author many of our most beloved recipes and posts. She is now dedicating her time to caring for her family, writing poetry, and continuing to cook delicious Real Foods.

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