Tuesday

Healthy Tips

Tropical Turmeric Protein Balls

by Jordanna Levin

Serves: approx. 18 balls

Prep time: 20 minutes 

(plus 2 hours refrigeration) 

 

Tropical Turmeric Protein Balls photo

Ingredients

  • ½ cup apricots
  • ½ cup prunes
  • ¼ cup cashew butter
  • 2 tbs coconut oil
  • ½ cup IsoWhey Wholefoods Organic Bio-Fermented Pea + Brown Rice Protein Powder
  • ¼ cup desiccated coconut
  • ½ cup chopped macadamias
  • Coating: ½ cup desiccated coconut 

Method
1. Process apricots and prunes in a food processor until finely chopped.
2. Add cashew butter, coconut oil and process until just combined.
3. Add the IsoWhey Wholefoods Organic Bio-Fermented Pea + Brown Rice Protein Powder and desiccated coconut until well combined.
4. Add the macadamia nuts and process briefly until just combined.
5. Combine coating ingredients in a little bowl.
6. Roll mixture into tablespoon-sized balls and roll in coconut turmeric coating. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
7. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

TURMERIC

Turmeric belongs to the ginger family and is native to southeast India. It is widely used as a spice in South Asian and Middle Eastern cooking.
Turmeric is not only excellent to boost food flavour and colour, but it also contains antioxidant curcuminoids, the most important of those is curcumin.
Turmeric has long been used in both Chinese and Indian traditional medicine as an anti-inflammatory agent, for arthritis and digestive disorders.1
In the past two decades, modern medicine has begun to take an interest in curcumin and extensive research is been conducted on the potential role it can play in maintaining good health.2

5 PROVEN WAYS TO NEVER HAVE TO DIET AGAIN

Say the word ‘diet’ and our stomachs start to whimper, our willpower gets put on high alert and, before we even begin, it’s impossible not to feel defeated. Deep down in our heart of hearts we know that eventually we’re bound to ‘fall off the wagon’.

Well, what if there was a way to eat effortlessly, that required no willpower, no dieting and no stress, anxiety or guilt if you were to falter... Too good to be true? Think again.

Follow these five steps and never diet again:

Fill up on the good stuff

Sounds simple enough, but the trick is to shift your focus. Instead of removing all of the ‘bad’ foods from your diet, focus on filling up on nutrient-dense whole foods like vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds and good quality protein. Cram your plate with foods that nourish you first and when cooking see how you can add in superfoods to easily increase your nutritional intake - I like to add IsoWhey Wholefoods Organic Superfood Sprinkle to my smoothies, yoghurts, or as an ingredient in my protein balls.

Make indulgence a part of healthy eating

Every healthy and balanced eating plan should include room for a little indulgence. But here’s the kicker… you have to be able to enjoy it without the guilt. The only way to turn healthy eating into an effortless exercise is to ensure you never feel like you’re going without.

Quit punishing yourself

Many of us fall into the trap of coming down on ourselves every time we stray from the healthy eating path. Often this can lead to a hands-up-in-the-air defeat and we end up bingeing and telling ourselves we’ll start again on Monday. But how about instead of punishing yourself every time you fall off the wagon, you start measuring how fast you hop back on? I call this measuring your comeback rate and it’s about allowing yourself to be human for a moment and then getting back on track.

Practice mindful eating

At its heart, mindful eating is about our relationship with food and recognising that eating healthy and having a healthy relationship with food are two very different things. There are many ways to eat more mindfully (find out more here) but my number one tip and a good place to start is to remove all distractions. That means when you sit down to a meal, put away your phone and tablet, turn off the TV and computer, and step away from your desk. Being present with your food and being consciously aware of what and how much you’re eating is only possible when you’re free from distractions.

Have an affair with your kitchen

If you find cooking a chore, you’re doing it wrong! If you want to eat well, be well and live well you need to be able to prepare your own food. There is only so long you can survive on store bought cold-press juices, ready-made salads and protein balls. The key to falling in love with cooking is being realistic about what works for you and your skill set, budget and timeframe, and then harnessing that. There is a bunch of stuff you can prepare for yourself that doesn’t even require turning on the stove!