I know it, you know it and I’m supposing even my girlfriend’s unborn little man knows it – SUMMER IS COMING. Did I hear you say bikinies, bikinies and more bikinies? eeeee 🙂 My true love is a beautiful triangle piece and cheeky bottoms in gorgeous patterns <3
Ok, so bikini season means bikini body, and this has many women going full ban on sugar, carbs and life pretty much. We all know three vital things about body prepping:
- Abs are made in the kitchen;
- Bikini bodies are made in winter; and
- No carbs makes you insane. Literally. Google it.
The most sustainable journey to a fitter body is balance. I know my body, and I know going cold turkey on the sweet stuff is a bad, bad idea so I whipped up these delish Spirulina Vitality Balls to keep me out of the cookie jar but satisfied and nourished.
There are tweaks and options that you can do to tailor this recipe to your liking such as adding desiccated coconut, switching dates for apricots and adding a few more of the optional ingredients; I have tailored mine to suit my stomach and keep it from having a primadonna outburst!
I love this mixture of ingredients; it embodies so many health benefits:
Almonds, high in monounsaturated fats are a filling snack, stacked with fibre and biotin; known as the hair vitamin, excellent for hair strength and growth.
Pepitas, aka pumpkin seeds, deliver a hit of amino-acids, the building blocks of protein.
Sunflower Seeds, high in vitamin E and vitamin B1. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant neutralising free-radicals that can damage cell membranes. Hello happy skin!
And last, but not least, superfood spirulina. This blue-green algae is rich in antioxidants, protein, B vitamins, iron and minerals.
Makes about 30-34 spirulina vitality balls
- 1 Cup Almonds
- 1/2 Cup Pepitas (Pumpkin Seeds)
- 1/2 Cup Sunflower Seeds
- 1/4 Cup Macadamias
- 1/4 Cup Cashews
- 1/8 Cup Sesame Seeds
- 1/8 Cup Desiccated Coconut & Additional for rolling balls in (due to my sensitivities)
- 1 Tablespoon Spirulina Powder
- 1 Tablespoon Maca Powder
- 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1 Teaspoon Pink Himalayan Salt
- 1 Cup Dates
- 1/4 Cup Dried Cranberries
- 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Essence
- Lucuma – Optional
- Maca – Optional
- Chlorella – Optional
- Barley – Optional
- Wheatgrass – Optional
- Soak the dates in hot water for 10 minutes. I like to sit my coconut oil in a measuring cup on top of the hot water the dates are soaking in to melt it slowly without over heating.
- Blast the almonds, pepitas, sunflower seeds, macadamias, cashews, sesame seeds and dried cranberries in a food processor until all nuts and seeds are chunky like in the photograph above.
- Add the spirulina and maca powder, cinnamon and salt.
- Drain the dates and blend on high speed in a food processor. Remove the dates from the food processor and combine with the coconut oil and vanilla essence.
- Combine both the dry and wet mix then shape into balls and roll in the left over coconut.
- Store in the fridge or share with all your friends! Yum!