With today’s fast-paced lifestyle, and added stress this brings, our adrenaline levels are spiking, but what goes up, must come down. And these periods of high stress lead to more regular and greater energy slumps, and these slumps are when we get those cravings for energy dense, fast-delivering fuels, namely sugars, caffeine and carbohydrates. This is where smart planning and low GI, slow-release energy foods are a great remedy for stabilising our energy and our blood sugar levels.
So we’ve created a recipe for exactly that — some matcha bliss balls, refined sugar free and full of fibre, healthy fats and nutrients. With matcha, a green tea powder, these are the perfect afternoon pick me up or mid-morning snack, with a calming element and plenty of anti-oxidants.
Make up a batch on the weekend, and store in the fridge or freezer for a healthy snack on hand.
1/3 cup raw, shelled pistachios
1 cup raw cashews
14 large, pitted Medjool dates
1/3 cup coconut thread
3 tsp matcha powder
Zest of 1 lemon
1 Tbsp coconut oil
- Line a baking tray lined with grease-proof paper.
- Make mixture. Add all matcha ball ingredients to a food processor and blitz for about 1 minute, until well combined and sticky.
- Roll balls. Using a tablespoon measure and clean, damp hands roll mixture into balls.
- Place balls on prepared tray and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to set.
Energy (kJ): 423
Energy (Cal): 101
Carbohydrate (g): 9
Protein (g): 2.1
Fat (g): 6
Saturated Fat (g): 2.1
Sugars (g): 7.9
Meet the Nutritionist
Our in-house nutritionist Emma ‘Edamame’ was born and bred in mid Canterbury and has the health and wellbeing of Kiwis in mind at all times. As an NZ registered nutritionist (NZ Nutrition Society) with a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Food Science from the University of Auckland, she makes sure we’re all getting our fresh dose of local veggies and our meals are full of nutritious substance – thanks for having our back Em (and our waistlines!). When it comes to New Zealand produce, Emma is a whizz, with fresh berries being her absolute fave. Intrigued to know what food this nutritionist couldn’t live without? Fresh fish and seafood, delivering on both flavour and nourishment. As well as ice cream, especially real fruit ice creams, in the summer time! Life’s all about a tasty balance, right?