Superfood snack recipe: Spirulina & cocoa energy balls for immunity & radiant skin

The nature is full of superfoods, like many berries, greens and mushrooms to mention just a few, and they all come with fantastic health benefits. The trouble is that there is only so much foods we can consume every day… Dried superfood powders, like spirulina and maca powders, make it super-easy to get in you many of them in a delicious way!

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Spirulina became famous after NASA chose it as a dietary supplement for astronauts on space missions. Studies show that the alga can upregulate the immune system and possesses anti-inflammatory property, inhibiting the histamine release by mast cells [1]. Additionally, spirulina, like its close cousin seaweeds, is a powerful antioxidant for the skin, upregulating collagen production and providing photoprotection against the UV light [2].

Studies show that polyphenols in cocoa provide significant benefits for the skin. A long-term cocoa consumption can help with sun protection, improve skin blood circulation, and improve the texture and hydration of the skin surface. Also, polyphenols in cocoa powder are anti-inflammatory immune supports, especially to the intestines [3].

Servings: ca 10 energy bolls

Ingredients:

150 g Dried figs, finely chopped

1 dl Rolled oats

2 tsp Organic spirulina powder

1 tsp Maca powder

1-2 tsp Cocoa powder (more cocoa powder for less sweet taste)

2-3 Tbs Cashew butter

Cooking steps:

1. In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients into a smooth dough. If the dough is too dry to form it into bolls, add more cashew butter

2. Form the dough into equal-sized bolls. The recipe yields into ca. 10 small energy bolls

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3136577/
[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6317665/
[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5793074/

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