Our lives are busy. Despite our non-stop schedule in 2018, one commitment we are trying to stick with this year is eating more greens. But how?
Sure, you can blend them, dress them up or even sneak some well-disguised kale into your meals. There's nothing wrong with that. But, what if it were even easier?
Enter moringa (or scientific name moringa oleifera). This super-green plant is native to India, Pakistan and parts of Asia and the Himalayas. The leaves of the moringa plant are most commonly dried and crushed into a powder, with a similar texture to protein powder you might mix into a smoothie.
The difference between protein powder and moringa, however, is that you just need 1 tablespoon of the latter to receive maximum benefits – it’s the equivalent to a whole serving of leafy greens – only with even more nutrients.
It's also been touted as the next trending superfood (on the heels of turmeric) because of its powerful anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, as well as being a great source of protein.
The plant in its totality – including seeds, root and bark – is recognized traditionally in Eastern cultures and through Ayurveda for medicinal qualities, including stabilizing blood pressure and aiding in digestion and elimination. Some studies have even linked this superfood to brain health, with preliminary studies showing improvement in those with Alzheimer's disease.
Because of its mild, slightly earthy (yet not-too-overpowering) flavor, moringa can be added to just about anything – sprinkle it in a cup of tea, mix it into your milk alternative for a creamy latte, or blend it into a smoothie bowl.
We chose to combine it with a quick, tried-and-tested energy bite recipe, that's designed to provide a quick pick-me-up. Take these on the trail, stash them when running out the door to work, or just keep them on hand in the freezer for when you want something delicious, healthy and – suffice it to say – magical.
Magical Moringa Energy Bites
6-10 medium medjool dates
4 tbsp peanut butter
1/4 cup rolled oats
2 tbsp shredded coconut
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 1/2 tbsp moringa
Remove pits from medjool dates.
Add dates to food processor and chop until dates become a smooth paste.
Empty dates into mixing bowl.
In same bowl add: Peanut butter, rolled oats, shredded coconut, chia seeds and moringa.
Mix until all ingredients combine into a dough.
Scoop tablespoon size amounts and roll into balls.
Garnish with shredded coconut. Option: roll in honey and then coconut.
Put in refrigerator or freezer for about one and a half to two hours.
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