Feel good breakfast balls
G o o d M o r n i n g! These sexy little balls of goodness are not only easy to make, but good fun too! Have them for breakfast, or when you're out and about on the go - they are packed with vitamins and minerals to keep hunger and bloating at bay whilst giving you a tasty little boost. Maca powder - Contains Vitamins B, C, and E, and is a great source for antioxidants (even more than blueberries!) and keeping your immune system healthy. It also contains calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, and phosphorous. Research has shown that consuming maca daily, in small amounts (a teaspoon to a tablespoon but no more) can improve hormone regulation and can therefore help boost your mood and focus whilst reducing anxiety. Maca is sometimes referred to as “Peruvian ginseng” because of its thousands of years of documented use as a natural aphrodisiac and treatment for erectile dysfunction ;) Banana – Contains potassium which has benefits for blood pressure, energy and muscle health. Potassium works as an electrolyte* which enables it to stimulate and regulate nerve impulses for muscle contraction, including the heartbeat. It also plays a key role in the regulation of blood pressure and fluid retention and excretion, maintaining inter and extra cellular fluid levels. Potassium is also needed for protein metabolism, especially converting glucose into energy. Cinnamon – Contains manganese which has benefits for bones, skin and the metabolism of sugar, carbs and fats. Manganese is key for bone formation and health, as well as the metabolism of glucose and fat into energy. It is also necessary in the formation of an enzyme called prolidase, which in turn is necessary for the production of collagen which is a structural protein that pretty much keeps the body (along with the skeleton) from being one big blob of cells and nutrients. The contraceptive pill and excess alcohol can suppress levels of manganese. Honey – The natural sugars in honey provide an excellent source of immediate energy Peanut butter – Peanut butter is awesome. It’s low GI and packed with vitamins and minerals but the most abundant are botin, copper, manganese and vitamin B3. Peanut butter aids blood sugar regulation, is a slow energy releaser, low GI and plays a role in the health of the nervous system and cell replication (plus LOADS more). Flax seeds – Full of folic acid, vitamin B6, manganese, magnesium and omega -3! Super seed! 2 tbsp of flax (also known as linseed) gives you 133% of your recommended intake of omega-3, an essential fatty acid that plays a key role in brain and nervous system function and health. Flax also provides energy as well as aiding the metabolism of carbs and fat. Oats – Contain phosphorus which is a mineral that plays a key role in the health of the brain, bones, eyes, skin and nervous system. Phosphorus is a mineral that forms part of the fatty protective layer around nerves and also makes up about 1/3 of the dry weight of the brain. As well as that, phosphorus plays a significant role in bone structure and the formation of tendons and collagen.
- 1 whole banana
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
- 5 pitted black cherries
- 5 tbsp oats
- 1 tbsp honey
- 3 tbsp flax seed
- 2 tsp maca powder
- 1 egg ehite
- 2 tbsp super seed mix
- First, preheat the oven to 170*C.
- Get a mixing bowl, and add the banana and egg white.
- Mash the banana and mix with the egg, then once mixed add the oats, cherries, maca, 2 tbsp of the flaxeed (leaving one tbsp for the coating), honey and peanut butter.
- Mix it all together really well (I like to use a fork instead of a blender so that it's not completely smooth and it also gives my arms a little work out! - don't forget to swap arms half way through!)
- Once fully mixed, separate out and mold with your hands to little bite size balls.
- Once that's done, get a bowl and add 1 tbsp of flax plus 2 tbsp of the super seed mix.
- Gently roll the balls in the seed mix (take care to preserve the shape), and transfer to a baking tray lined with baking parchment.
- When they are all covered and looking lovely, pop them in the oven for 15-20 minutes.
- Once ready, sit them to one size to cool down.
- Take them on your travels and e n j o y the little pick-me-up : )