I am on a diet to shed a few kilos. It is not a prescribed diet and I have made up my own rules. It is a combination of eating high amounts of vegetables, lentils and other slow carbs, portion control, reducing bad fats, sugar and eliminating processed foods. Recently I found myself slipping more into convenience shopping and comfort eating. So not only was it time to lose weight but I wanted to realign myself with nutritious eating habits and choosing a diet of raw, unprocessed real food. It has been great. I am six days in and feeling pretty good. I visit a personal trainer twice a week, go for morning walks and use a skipping rope and kettle-bell in the backyard. Anyway, diet ramblings can be a bit boring for everyone else so I’ll leave it there.
Today I wanted to share a little recipe find. It is raw, nutritious, takes 5 minutes to make, detoxifies, improves your skin and digestive system, and it tastes sweet and satisfying.
The original recipe came from the Deepak Chopra Centre but I made a few small tweaks:-
1/2 cup toasted sesame seeds
½ cup raisins (recipe calls for golden raisins but I used normal dark ones)
2 teaspoons ground ginger powder
2 inches fresh ginger root, peeled and chopped
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1½ teaspoons ground cardamom
2½ tablespoons coconut oil (recipe calls for Ghee but I prefer coconut oil)
Place all ingredients (except sesame seeds) in a food processor and mix together until well incorporated. Roll into 1-inch balls and roll in sesame seeds. You could add a few sesame seeds to the main mix too.
Keep in the fridge. The coconut oil will harden and give a nice firm form to the sesame balls. Each ball packs a spice punch but is sweet and not too overpowering in flavour.
I don’t normally publish recipes but I was so surprised by the outcome of this one. It is a brilliant way to eat ginger, cardamon, cumin, coconut oil and sesame seeds without loosing any nutritional content by cooking.
You can google the healthy benefits of the ingredients for yourself but here is a few:-
- Detoxifies the body of caffeine (cardamon)
- Stimulates digestive system (cardamon, ginger, raisins, coconut oil, cumin)
- Improves circulation to the lungs (cardamon, cumin)
- Anti-inflammatory (ginger)
- Can improve circulation (ginger)
- Lower cholesterol (sesame seeds, coconut oil)
- Prevent and reduce fatigue and stress (sesame seeds)
- Maintain healthy skin (sesame seeds, coconut oil, cumin)
- Strengthen bone and teeth (sesame seeds, raisins)
- Reduce body acidity and detoxifies (raisins)
- Weight loss (coconut oil)
- Increase immunity (coconut oil, cumin)
- Stimulant but also relaxant that is used to treat insomnia (cumin)
Okay that list went on a bit but wow these are power foods!
I plan to eat one a day, that’s provided the rest of the household doesn’t beat me to it.