Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Coconut Energy Bars

These are great power packed raw energy bars.  Truly nutritious and wholesome, not empty calories and processed sugar. If you're taking the time to care for your body by working out or participating in sports, then it will be worth your while to take 5 minutes to whip these up and be confident in the knowledge that what you're putting in your body really is the best fuel you can give yourself.

4 ½ cups organic unsweetened dried coconut flakes (or 3 cups coconut butter)
½ cup raw sunflower seeds
¼ cup organic dried figs (stems removed), chopped
1/3 cup agave syrup
¼ cup hemp seeds
¼ cup raw pumpkin seeds
pinch of sea salt

If using the flakes, you’ll need a high-powered blender to process into a buttery texture.  Then transfer the coconut to a bowl using a spatula.

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix with a spatula until thoroughly combined. Pour the mixture into a bread loaf pan lined with parchment paper and refrigerate until hardened. Cut into thin bars or 2 inch squares.  Store in refrigerator.

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Beet That Sweet Tooth

Have a hankering for something sweet? Look to the beautiful beet. A starchy vegetable, beet roots are high in natural sugar. The greens have notable amounts of calcium, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus; they also contain vitamins A, B-complex, and C.  As their color suggests, beets are a blood tonic and so are good for anemia, the heart, and circulation. They purify the blood, alleviate constipation, aid the liver, and promote menstruation. In Ayurvedic philosophy beets reduce vata and kapha.

The beets pictured here are from our CSA, Brooklyn Grange. I boiled them, removed the skins and cut into small, equal size pieces.  For the dressing:

2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon of white miso
1 tablespoon of umeboshi vinegar
1 tablespoon minced cilantro

Whisk dressing and toss with beets.

A little something about cilantro

Cilantro is a member of the carrot family whose leaves have an anise-like taste and earthy aroma.  Pungent and sweet in flavor, astringent and cooling, cilantro supports the spleen-pancreas, stomach, bladder, and lung meridians. Cilantro helps regulate energy, is a diuretic and can help treat urinary tract infections. They aid digestion, relieve intestinal gas, pain, and distention, and support peristalsis. It treats nausea, soothes inflammation, rheumatic pain, headaches, coughs, and mental stress, and quenches thirst. The leaves are tridoshic.
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