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#8 You've Got Balls

Sat, 24/10/2015 - 16:02 -- Name: helen

Yes you do and the strength to take responsibility for your future health.  The courage to go against the ‘corporate spin doctors’ that would have you believe that fat free is the way to go.  The tenacity to get yourself off your sugar addiction. Supported or not, you’ve got balls. 

Well done for getting to 8 weeks of sugar freedom.  Like I said, this isn't an 8 week challenge.  The 8 weeks is for you to get away from your sugar addiction.  Cleanse your body of the inflammatory and artery hardening stuff so that you are balanced, healthier, sharper and fitter for the long term.

So let me give you extra balls of support for the long term and those moments in life that call for a satisfactory little something or other.  Or something to share at the dreaded morning tea.  Or the ‘bring a plate,’ or the ‘baby shower,’ or any other occasion that calls for you to show that sugar freedom ain’t all doom and gloom.

My balls are laden with sugar in the form of honey, dates, cacao and apricots.  All forms of sugar.  So if you’re counting you’ll have to equal 1 ball to between ½ a teaspoon or 1 teaspoon of sugar. 

The trick is to make them small, only have one or two and DON'T think of them as a treat.  They're just there for those weak little moments or so that you don't feel like the food conscious nutter at the party.

I feel confident to share my balls with you sugar freedom folks because I know that you won't be able to over indulge.  Your temple of a body won't let you.  You'll feel a sickly feeling in the back of your throat after a couple.  And just take your time, one will be enough to satisfy.

Coconut Lemon Truffles; the most popular truffles here at skinfocus.  Taken from, (yes, you guessed it,) My Petite Kitchen by Eleanor Ozitch.   Wonderful book.  You must buy and I do believe she has recently brought a new book out.  I've halved the honey content and it still seems to work well.

  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened desiccated coconut
  • plus 1/2 cup for coating
  • 1 cup ground almonds
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • zest of one lemon
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • a pinch of sea salt

Method

  • In a food processor, add all of the ingredients. Blend for 1-2 minutes, or until the mixture starts to mix together like a dough.
  • Use a measuring dessert spoon to create a uniformed size, then roll in your hands to form small balls. 
  • In a separate bowl, add the extra coconut. Roll the balls in the coconut until well coated then transfer to a plate.
  • Place in the fridge for at least half an hour to set.

Best kept in the fridge.   Will keep for 3-4 days.  Can be eaten straight out of the freezer also.

Makes around 30 truffles.  

*gluten free

*wheat free

*grain free

*dairy free

The next balls I would like to share with you are 'That Sugar Book's' very own 'Nutty Date Balls.'  So easy, they have touted them as 'after school homework helpers.'  But we have found them great for after work (give me something so I can enjoy my skin treatment before going home for dinner) helpers.

1/2 cup of dried pitted dates.

  • 1 cup of walnuts or pecans.
  • 1 cup of macadamias or cashews.
  • 1 cup of desiccated coconut
  • 1 teaspoon if vanilla extract.
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon.
  • More desiccated coconut or sesame seeds to roll them in.

Method

  • Soften dates by covering them in boiling water for 5 minutes.
  • Put your choice of nuts in the food processor and chop till crumbly. 
  • Add the dates, coconut, vanilla and cinnamon.  Process until the mixture clumps together.
  • With your measuring dessert spoon, press the mixture into that and roll with your hands into balls. 
  • Roll in the coconut or sesame seeds.

Best kept in an airtight container in the fridge .   Will keep for a week.  Can be eaten straight out of the freezer also.

Makes around 30 balls.  

*gluten free

*wheat free

*grain free

*dairy free

We're on a roll now as we go onto a dairy bliss ball.  Taken from the Bestow cook journal.  A supplement range for skin that we stock here at skinfocus.   I use the green powder in most of my cooking especially the soups and stews as it adds a lovely vegetable taste with powerful antioxidants for the your body.   The omega 3 and 6 oil, which is paramount for skin health, goes in my smoothies every day and in my salad dressings with out fail.  But here we have use for the 'Beauty Oil' in the Bestow Beauty Truffles.

  • 1 cup finely chopped dried apricots or dates
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 250g ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 dessertspoon Bestow Beauty Oil

Method

  • Simply mix ingredients together.
  • Form into small balls with you dessert measuring spoon and your hands.  
  • Dust with extra coconut and serve.

Store in the refrigerator  for 3 -4 days or they can be frozen.

Makes around 30 balls.  

*gluten free

*wheat free

*grain free

And finally the balls that started it all off here at skinfocus.  Dr. Libby's Brain Balls, which I renamed 'Omega 3 Balls,' as the other name makes me think of offal, blurrgh.  The omega 3 from the walnuts, are great for your brain but also for your skin, and of course numerous other parts like your heart, joints, hair and nails.  Everyone should be on some form of omegas.

  • 2 cups walnuts, halves and pieces
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup coconut, shredded
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 8 fresh dates, pitted and coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Pinch of salt

Method

  • Combine the walnuts, sunflower seeds, dates and coconut in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse for 30 to grind the ingredients.
  • Add the cocoa powder, salt and water to the bowl and process until the mixture forms a paste.
  • Form the paste into balls by using your measuring dessert spoon and rolling the paste between your palms.
  • Place the finished balls on a tray lined with waxed paper and chill for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Best kept in an airtight container in the fridge .   Will keep for 3 to 4 days.  Can be eaten straight out of the freezer also.

Makes around 30 balls.  

*gluten free

*wheat free

*grain free

*dairy free

We always have these balls available at skinfocus.  Not to buy, but as a welcome when you're booked in for an appointment.

 

So I'll leave you with a positive parting list of dos.

DO READ

‘Sweet Poison’ by David Gillespie.

‘That Sugar Book.’ By Damon Gameau.  This also has recipes for you.

The backs of packages and tins so you know how much sugar is in things. 

DO WATCH

‘That Sugar Film’ also by Damon Gameu and friends. 

DO PREPARE

Your kitchen.   Have food processors, blenders, a slow cooker and easy to use utensils like tongs,  easy peelers and a good garlic crusher/slicer.

Your next days meals for the times you have been out in the evening and you can't be bothered to cook the next day.

To pick and choose those events wisely.   Splurge on the ones you really want to and be on reserved side if you're not too bothered.

DO REMEMBER

That 4g of sugar = 1 teaspoon.

To be aware of the critics and corporate spin doctors.  'That Sugar Film's' facebook page has great articles and keeps you updated on the sugar free revolution.

And please do keep reading my future blogs.  They'll be mainly be about skin and health in general.  If you're on social media you'll be alerted on our Facebook, Twitter and Google+ pages, or if you want to be on our exclusive data base for quarlerly newsletters, just contact us with your email address.  You'll have access to precious information, updates and offers before anyone else.

As always, do get in touch if you have any concerns regarding your skin because that’s what I’m really good at.  This sugar thing is just something I have been amazed by and wanted to share with you.

Take care

Helen.

Skin Treatment Therapist.