Apricot & Goji Iron-Rich BitesJune 8, 2018
|Serves: 12 pieces|
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I’m all about food as medicine... Iron-rich bliss bites for you to boost those levels! I’m finding low-iron (not necessarily deficiency) is quite common in clinic. Note: studies show that vegans and vegetarians are no more likely to have iron-deficiency anaemia than omnivores. As iron can be a pro-oxitant, I’m not too quick to over-prescribe it as a supplement. Our body has no specific mechanism to rid itself of excess meat-based and supplemental heme-iron (versus plant-based non-heme iron). Yet all we ever hear about is high-dose iron supps that can often lead to constipation! So, for a healthy booster, try working these bliss balls into your snacks, perfectly paired with goji berries (and optional lemon juice) for vit C, which enhances absorption 🙂
For: 12 pieces
- 1.5 cup desiccated coconut (leave 1/2 c for rolling each ball into)
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 1 cup sesame seeds
- 1/2 cup goji berries (soaked)
- 16 dried apricotss
- 1-2 tbsp. Natvia stevia or natural sweetener of choice
- 1/2-1 tsp. turmeric
- Pinch black pepper
- Pinch sea salt
- 2-3 tbsp. water as needed or 1/2 lemon if you like it more tar
- Process all dry then add wet ingredients.
- Blend until doughy.
- Roll into balls and then roll in desiccated coconut.
- Store in fridge for up to one week.