It’s February (in 2 days)!!! That means we get to celebrate everything pink...yay! Pink is my favorite color and there are lots of wonderful foods that are pink… well they are really red but let’s just pretend they are pink 😉 Red foods have many key vitamins and nutrients including lycopene, ellagic acid, quercetin, hesperidin, fiber, vitamin A + vitamin C. Do you know what many of these nutrients have in common!? They have antioxidant function meaning that they are able to scavenge free radicles in the body to decrease oxidative damage, which ultimately means a decrease in some chronic disease states like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. So what red fruits and vegetables are you going to be eating this February to keep your body happy and healthy??
The Heart Healthy Ingredients
Walnuts — walnuts are considered quite the superfood these days and are a very hot topic in research! Walnuts are a fabulous source of fiber, healthy fats, vitamins + minerals. Walnuts are great antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, help with appetite control, amazing for brain function and help decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease! What an amazing little nut a walnut is!
Did you ever notice that the shape of a walnut looks like a brain!? That is a doctrine of signatures indicating that they are good for brain health! How cool 🙂
Berries — berries are probably one of the best fruits you can have. They are rich in antioxidants like anthocyanidins that protect the cells, they are high in fiber which can help with weight management and digestive complaints, and they are packed with vitamins and minerals which just have endless amounts of benefits!!
- 1 C gluten-free rolled oats
- ½ C shredded coconut
- 1½ C raw walnuts
- ⅔ C berry blend (fresh or frozen)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ¼ C coconut oil (melted)
- ¼ C coconut butter (melted)
- 2 tbsp collagen powder
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- ½ tsp salt
- Add all ingredients except berries into a food processor
- Blend until all ingredients are well incorporated and form a dough consistency (~5 min)
- Add berries (if using frozen make sure they are defrosted) and pulse a few times
- The dough will be soft and fluffy at this point
- Roll into 1.5" balls and place on a plate or cookie sheet and place in the freezer
- Let freeze for 1 hour
- Store the leftovers in the freezer. Let the balls thaw 5 mins before eating after taking them out of the freezer!