These 4 ingredient treats make a great on-the-go snack for quick energy.
Nutty Cocoa Bites (yields 8)
- 12 unpitted medjool dates
- 1/2 cup raw cashews
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- dash of sea salt (optional)
1. Place all ingredients in a high speed blender or food processor and pulse until a uniform mixture is formed.
2. Form 1 inch balls and place on wax paper. Let set for 1 hour. Store in refrigerator.
Nutrition: Calories: 91 Fat: 5 grams Protein: 2 grams Fiber: 2 grams Carbohydrates: 12 grams
The cashews make these bites an excellent source of copper, contributing to 30% of your daily target. Copper, which a trace mineral, is not a well known or talked about nutrient. However, this mineral has numerous important functions in the body including working with iron to help the body form red blood cells and helping to keep our blood vessels, nerves, immune system, and bones healthy. Copper is also used in the body to produce enzymes needed to facilitate the production of energy and produce important neurotransmitters. Copper and zinc work together in the body in an intricate balance. Too much zinc can cause low copper and too little zinc can cause excess copper. Not to worry though, if you’re eating a variety of whole real foods, you should be getting enough of both of these minerals. In addition to nuts and seeds, dark leafy greens, oysters and mushrooms are other excellent sources of copper. The best sources of zinc include seafood, beef, poultry, spinach, mushrooms, nuts and seeds.