I love to use tahini as a great alternative to regular nut butter - in my opinion it is such an unsung superfood hero! It’s packed full of Omega 6 fatty acids, a group of essential fats that you can only get from dietary sources, that help ensure a healthy inflammatory response and keep your cell walls permeable for energy transfer and cellular communication. It is also an amazing source of some of the much-needed minerals that our western day diets are woefully lacking in, including zinc, magnesium, copper, phosphorus, manganese and iron.
Hemp seeds provide plant based protein and help to balance the higher fat content of this nutrient dense snack. Hemp seeds are an great source of Gamma Linoleic Acid or GLA, one of the active forms of Omega 6 fatty acids that is rarely found in other food sources. GLA is used by the body to produce prostaglandins that help regulate immune function, manage inflammation, and it can help to alleviate PMS and menopause symptoms.
Ground flaxseed gives this superfood snack some crunch and texture, whilst helping boost digestion and detoxification thanks in part to its high concentration of lignans, compounds that act like a sponge whilst moving through the GI tract.
Antioxidant and phytochemical rich goji berries add a pop of colour and sweetness whilst still keeping this recipe low in fructose and carbohydrates, and coconut oil adds satiating, energy rich medium chain triglycerides that help ensure a heathy cellular membrane.
Rounding off this superstar line up of health boosting whole foods is New Chapter’s Fermented Maca Booster Powder, which I keep on my countertop at all times to add to lattes, smoothies and healthy snacks such as this one.
New Chapter’s patented fermentation process uses clinically studied probiotics that ensures my body can use and assimilate all of the energy, endurance and vitality boosting benefits of maca powder at a cellular level, whilst making this booster powder easily digestible and absorbable (remember, you are not what you eat, but what you absorb). *
And as Maca was traditionally used as an aphrodisiac, it’s the perfect addition to any Valentine’s Day recipe!