One of my favorite things to make is raw energy balls. I thought would be fun to share my top 3 recipes that are simple, raw vegan, gluten and sugar- free. These energy balls are great for all occasions and ages.
When my clients go on elimination diets where they take out the refined sugars it can be a tough transition if one has been on a processed, denatured food diet. Processed foods and junk food are obviously full of sugar and can sneak into many people’s diets when they are not aware that the food industry does this to get you hooked on their product.
1. Big sugar is one of the industries that does not support sustainability and is one of the biggest GMO crops produced as beet sugar. Take a look at this short documentary from The Weather Channel and see how big sugar does not support a green economy.
According to the Huffington Post, GMO sugar beet production has taken off, and according to the science, 95% of US sugar beets are grown from GMO seeds. Making that 54% of the sugar produced in the US comes from GMO crops and 46% sourced from sugar cane. As you have hopefully read in my earlier posts why eating a non GMO diet is very important for human health.(1) (blog on health-supportive diet link)
With this said, I avoid white refined sugars in all of my recipes, whether they are baked or raw. I do on occasion use coconut sugar or organic raw sugar- but if you are like me and working on living optimally, then you will avoid refined sugars too. I struggled for a long time with chronic candida- this can come in many forms like athletes foot, dandruff, yeast infections, parasitic infections, leaky gut, and chronic digestive issues. Systemic candida is a prevalent issue in America because of industrialized and chemical food as well as the fungicides that are sprayed on crops depleting the soil of essential healthy bacteria and microbes on our crops, which in turn disrupts our healthy gut balance — IBS, gut dysbiosis, autism, eczema, autoimmune disease, chronic lyme, parasites, to name a few are a product of how our inner terrain has been bombarded by industrialized food.
2. Sugars feed yeast and fungus so if you are trying to heal your gut microbiome and balance your friendly flora with good bacteria then avoiding refined sugars which feed bad bacteria will be key. This is the number one rule to parasite cleansing as well- many times people who have candida also have parasites as they are thriving off the sugars you are feeding it.
Healthy forms of sugar are in fructose and coming from a fresh piece of fruit and taken away from others foods so that fermentation does not happen and you digest the fruit much better.
I do support the use of raw honey, as it is medicinal in its raw form. In a lot of my dessert recipes I will use dried organic dates, apricots, goji berries, mulberries, figs and use not sweetener at all but the dried fruit.
3. Sugar feeds cancer and creates more diabetes. We know for a fact that sugar does this. Researching the topic I see a lot of health professionals saying it does not but I find that shocking as Ty Bollinger, from The Truth About Cancer, states that,
Due to the anaerobic respiratory mechanism exhibited by ALL cancer cells, sugar is cancers favorite food. There is a higher risk with cancers also due to glyphosate that is used on GMO crops, we know is a carcinogen. (2)
Sweeteners I avoid – Refined sugars- white or brown sugar, Sweet and Low, agave, processed non-raw honey, corn syrup, any artificial/industrial sweetener.
Sweetener’s I use- Stevia leaf, fresh fruit, raw honey, dates and dried low-sugar fruits, coconut palm sugar, maple syrup-unprocessed.
If I was dealing with yeast, cancer, or diabetes I would avoid all sweeteners with the exception of fresh low- sugar fruits and stevia leaf. I would limit dried fruits all together. dehydrated fruits are very sweet and not ideal if dealing with fungal issues. When ever our immune system is compromised we should only eat fresh organic fruit that is low glycemic.
Now for the recipes…I like to encourage everyone to play around with favorite flavors and adding superfoods to your recipes. These recipes are just a guideline. I call them balls because I roll them into a ball- they are fun to make and a great thing to teach young children dealing with obesity, diabetes, celiac, etc.
You will need a food processor- I use Cuisinart. Place everything in the processor and blend until smooth. Don’t over blend or all the oils will turn to a butter.
Bee Pollen, 3 teaspoons
Raw honey, 1 teaspoon
Ginger, fresh grated 1 inch
Apricot, ½ cup dried organic apricots
Brazil nuts, 3 cups raw
Coconut oil virgin, 2 tablespoons
Vanilla, ½ tea or fresh vanilla pod
Celtic sea salt, to taste- pinch
Cacao Chaga Superfood Brownie-
Raw cacao powder 3 teaspoons
Chaga powder extract (I use Sayan Siberian Wild Forest Chaga powder ) 2-3 teaspoons
Raw walnuts, 3 cups
½ cup dates- to taste
Celtic sea salt to taste
2 tablespoon coconut oil
(you can adjust this and use less dates and use stevia leaf – you do not need a lot of stevia do be careful to start. You can addthis with a little date- or take out date all together. )
Pineapple Coconut Chai-
Brazil nuts, 2 cups
Shredded coconut chips, 1 cups
Stevia leaf drops, 5-8
Raw ginger shredded 1 inch
Dried soaked unsweetened pineapple, ½ cup
2 table coconut oil
Celtic sea salt to taste
Ground cardamom pinch
Handmade Organic By Telah is a plant-based food delivery service located in Bedsty Brooklyn and servicing NYC. I provide balanced vegan, gluten-free, and organic animal protein options to support overall health, detox, and healthy immune system functioning. My mission is to help guide client’s towards cleaner and more sustainable eating and living. I carefully construct weekly meal plans for each individual client and do the shopping, cooking, and delivery. Private chef services are available too. This service is recommended for at least 3 months to meet health challenges. It is most effective as a lifestyle and regular way of eating. Meal plans are free of processed ingredients, GMOs, gluten, refined sugars, bad oils and salt, and excessive meat. As a client you will learn new ways to eat a plant-based diet which incorporates anti-inflammatory food, healing your microbiome, and empowering your body’s natural ability to heal.
Telah is a health-supportive chef and received her certification from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2004. She is a Holistic Health Counselor and certified with The American Association of Drugless Practitioners and has a CNHP certification. She also teaches Ashtanga Yoga for beginners at New Vibe Yoga in Manhattan. And received her yoga training with Richard Freeman and many long time Ashtanga Yoga teachers in NYC. She works in the NYC area.
2.Ty Bollinger, The Sugar and Cancer Connection:Why Sugar is called the White Death
April 16, 2015
3. The Weather Channel , Toxic Lake: The Untold Story of Lake Okeechobee
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