New Obesssion: Daniela Kende's Sexy Cacao Maca Bites

Oh guys have I got a treat for you!

Last weekend, you may have heard that we held the Sex, Love & Other Things Event at Saje Wellness off Abbot Kinney. It was BEAUTIFUL and lovely and gave me all of the feels. It was great to really open up and chat with some other badass ladies about love, relationships and sex (hehe). I want to do a full post on it later, but today wanted to share a quick easy AMAZING healthy low sugar recipe you have to try.

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One of the highlights was of course my girl Daniela Kendes fat balls. I mean, oh my GAH. 

Super low in sugar, high in protein, high in healthy fats, filling, tasty, easy, delicious, these things are INCREDIBLE. Great for breakfast, a snack, a desert...whatever! I had like 40.

Et Viola! Your new favorite treat:

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Daniela says,

"Mighty Bites are my go-to treat to whip up when I need an energy boost that’s not going to mess with my blood sugar and send me into a sugar-craving tail spin! They provide a fantastic balance of fat, protein, fiber, and superfoods, and unlike most energy bite recipes out there, are very low in sugar. I created this Cacao Maca *Sexy Bite* to deeply satisfy a chocolate craving (think dense truffle consistency!) and to give you a dose of my favorite hormone balancing, skin-saving, libido-boosting, energy-giving ingredients. No, it’s not too good to be true!

Sexy Bite superstar ingredients include:

  • Antioxidant superstar raw cacao, which has also been shown to increase serotonin levels and boost mood (hence why we may crave chocolate when we’re feeling down)!
  • Maca, an ancient Peruvian adaptogenic herb, that’s used globally for its hormone-balancing and libido-increasing properties.
  • Pumpkin seeds — my personal favorite super seed — which are loaded with skin and hormone-balancing minerals including zinc, magnesium, copper, and iron.
  • Chia seeds, perhaps the most popular superfood these days, for good reason! I especially love the extra fiber and protein boost that chia seeds provide.
  • Hemp protein, my favorite plant-based protein, as it contains 20 amino acids, including the 9 essential ones that your body cannot create on its own. Including protein (and minimizing sugar) in your snacks will help you avoid a blood sugar spike that turns your well-intentioned snack into a mini-binge (which I’ve found most “energy ball” recipes guilty of).

NOTE: I’ve included two versions of my recipe below. The first version features two amazing products from my friend Sophie Jaffe’s deliciously clean superfood line, Philosophie. When I discovered that the Philosophie Cacao Magic protein powder and Superfood Coconut Butter contained many of the ingredients I was already using in my Sexy Bite recipe, I thought I’d create a version using these products that provides a very similar nutritional profile and benefits as the original, with some of the ingredients already combined for you!"

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Let me know if you make them, please! Thank Daniela later :)

xoxo

Krista 

The next big SUPERFOOD (and I promise it's actually legit)

When people hear that I'm vegan they always wonder if I'm getting enough protein/vitamins/iron/joy/sunlight etc.  

I mean no one is worried about if I'm eating or not (LOL) but it's a totally relevant question since we've been told since we were little that most protein comes from meat or eggs. I could go on about this, but meat, dairy, cheese and eggs, isn't always the best place to get protein and nutrients. 

Ever since I first heard about morninga, it's my go-to defense for the 'are you getting enough protein' bit. I'm not sure where I first heard of it, but it could have been via the Rich Roll book, The Plant Power Way, in which it's referenced a bit. 

I swear morninga is super legit. Its a true superfood, and not just a food called superfood as a marketing tactic. Morninga comes in powder or leaf form, and it's a plant native to parts of Africa and Asia.  

They say that "Moringa Oleifera is nature’s very own multi-vitamin, containing more than 46 anti-oxidants and 90 nutrients in one convenient capsule, Moringa Oleifera offers multiple benefits – and contains anti-inflammatory properties."

Some more craziness:

  • Moringa is considered to have the highest protein ratio of any plant so far studied on earth.  Which is crazy because everyone's all like "kale omg".
  • Moringa is also one of the few foods that contain chlorophyll naturally. Studies have shown that it supports liver function and detoxification of the body.
  • It's for real power packed with essential bio-available nutrients that improve the metabolic, digestive, and brain-activity functions.
  • Along with all those nutrients and antioxidants I explained earlier, it also has crazy anti-inflammatory properties, with 36 anti-inflammatories.

It's also got mad benefits. 

Morninga has been said to:

  • Increase and sustain energy naturally
  • Give a feeling of general wellness
  • Nourish the body’s immune system
  • Promote a healthy circulatory system
  • Increase the natural defenses of the body
  • Heighten mental clarity
  • Provide nourishment to the eyes and the brain
  • Promote metabolism with bio-available ingredients (yes please)
  • Promote natural serum cholesterol
  • Known to enhance weight loss
  • Promote healthy digestion
  • Act as an antioxidant
  • Help balance your body’s pH level
  • Contain natural anti-aging benefits
  • Anti-inflammatory support
  • Support the normal sugar levels of the body

I really think it's going to be the next big 'kale' and we'll have it in lots of drink and food recipes soon. 

But how does one consume this green powder? Well, I buy the suja big bottle of power greens, and mix in a tablespoon in the morning. It doesn't have too much of a flavor so it looks much grosser than it actually is.

Sometimes when I can, I'll make a green smoothie with it: 

  • 1 cup of shredded kale
  • 1 banana (makes it smooth)
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 sliced green apple
  • Squeeze of lemon
  • 1 small piece of ginger
  • 1 heaping spoonful of morninga

You can also eat the morninga plant. It's like a leaf and can be cooked but y'all know I ain't cookin' so I only buy the powder. 

I don't drink coffee or anything like that, so this really helps with energy in the morning and I feel really good for the day after knowing I got my greens, and that I have basically covered my bases for my daily nutritional needs. 

Also weirdly, I like that it has lutein for your eyes. I am weird I think about my eyes all the time because of how much phone/computer/phone and repeat time we do. It must be hard for our eyes! #pooreyes

Okay so if you don't know, now you know! MORNINGA is freakin' amazing. 

Obvi do your research if you want to take it, or anything. Also has anyone ever heard of this? Anyone? 

Happy Sunday! Off to Sunny Spot with visiting friends to continue to try to survive in this L.A. heat.

xo 

Krista