Raw Matcha Protein Balls

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Rolled up some brain boosting, muscle fueling, energizing matcha protein bombs using Motion Matcha last week and they were down-right delicious.

Feel free to play around with the ingredients; you may like more or less of some things. You can always add to the recipe, like mixing in different kinds of nuts and seeds to give them some crunch. Have fun and experiment with the flavors to suit your tastes.

Raw Matcha Protein Bombs Motion Matcha
Raw Matcha Protein Bombs Motion Matcha

What You'll Need

1 tbs matcha (add more if you like it strong!)
1 cup (100g) pumpkin seeds
2 1/4 cups (200g) raw cashews
40g vanilla protein
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut shavings (extra for rolling)
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 tsp vanilla powder
3 tbs tahini
6 soaked pitted dates (reserve date water)

What You'll Need To Know

1. In a food processor, add pumpkin seeds, 1/2 the cashews and oats until mixture looks crumbly.

2. Add matcha and vanilla protein and process again to combine.

3. Add in vanilla paste, tahini and dates to the mixture while processing.

4. Add reserved date water to help combine mixture.

5. Process the mixture until it combines and starts to stick together, add water to help bind if the mixture looks dry.

6. Add coconut shavings and the remainder cashews, process just enough to combine but to retain the crunch and texture.

7. Roll into 16 decent sized balls then garnish with extra desiccated coconut.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

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10 Healthy Snacks For That 3pm Snack Attack

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Healthy Snacks For That 3pm Snack Attack letsregale.com Let's talk snacks. We all get those 3pm snack attack cravings. And, sometimes digging for a something not so great for us is much easier than searching for healthy options. (I'm looking at you potato chips.) I know that when those cravings it, it's hard to make a healthy choice. But, if you plan ahead and pack a snack, it'll make healthy eating that much easier.

Need some ideas? Here are 10 healthy snack ideas all under 150 calories:

  • Half a medium apple smeared with a mixture of two ounces of Greek yogurt, half a tablespoon of peanut butter, and a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon and topped with sliced grapes (151 calories)
  • 4 ounces of low-fat cottage cheese mixed with 50g fresh blueberries (145 calories)
  • One extra small apple with 1 tablespoon peanut butter (147 calories)
  • 20 baby carrots with 2 tablespoons hummus (140 calories)
  • One organic mozzarella cheese stick and 20 grapes (148 calories)
  • 5.3-ounce container organic Greek yogurt and 7 strawberries (146 calories)
  • One small banana with 1 raw almonds (144 calories)
  • Trail mix made with 18 peanuts and a mini box of raisins (142 calories)
  • Three-quarters cup shelled edamame (150 calories)

What kind of healthy snacks do you reach for?

Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms

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Growing up my mom would always make bacon stuffed mushrooms for the holidays. They were always a hit and a family favorite. This inspired me to recreate these perfect two bite hors d’oeurves and gave it my own touch…of course I made it vegan, raw and gluten-free (sorry this is not a nut free dish!). The mushroom stuffing is made from raw cashews…it’s sort of like a cashew hummus. If you wanted to use garbanzo beans (chickpeas) instead of cashews, follow the directions. You won’t need to soak the garbanzo beans..just follow the directions on the back of the packet on how to cook (sorry, we don’t buy canned foods in family ;). [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:4]

Health Benefits

Cashews, like most nuts, are rich in protein and iron (they satisfy 10% of our daily requirements in just a single ounce), but cashews are a bit different in that they are also a very good source of quality amino acids. The website Nutrition Data lists cashews as a “complete or high-quality protein” due to their high amino acid score. Mushrooms are also rich in calcium, iron, potassium, copper and selenium (very good for health of bones, teeth, nails, hair and as an anti oxidant).

Follow @valeriefidan and tag your awesome food photos with #letsregale! As always, all opinions, as always, are my own. Photos taken with iPhone; edited in Camera+ and instagrammed.