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Chocolate Power Balls (10 Pieces)

Raw cacoa is high in flavonoids, especially proanthocyanidins which are antioxidants that protect our cells.  Cacoa is also heart protective and contains neurotransmitters that boost our endorphins when eaten.

Dates are used to sweeten the recipe.  They are an excellent source of easily digestible carbohydrates, fiber, B-vitamins, folic acid, zinc, selenium, potassium, copper, manganese, magnesium, iron, and phosphorous.  The Beta-D-glucan fiber that it contains slows absorption of glucose, helping to keep blood sugar level balanced and increasing satiety.  The fiber also helps to add bulk and softness to stools, aiding elimination.  Dates are also high in antioxidants and anti-cancer compounds.

Sunflower seeds provide ample amounts of protein, monounsaturated fat, fiber, vitamins B-1, B-5, B-6, folic acid, vitamin E, magnesium, selenium, iron, phosphorous, and copper.  They are anti-cancerous and ant-inflammatory.

INGREDIENTS:                           
1/3 cup sunflower seed butter
9 - 10 pitted dates
3 tsp. raw cacoa (or cocoa) powder
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/8 tsp. salt (optional)
1/4 cup unsulphured, unsweetened shredded coconut
*  For extra omega - 3 essential fatty acids, try adding hemp or ground flax seeds

DIRECTIONS:

Add all ingredients, except shredded coconut, into a food processor

Blend until the mixture looks like a paste

Remove the mixture from the food processor

Form into 1/2 inch sized balls 

Pour shredded coconut onto a flat surface

Roll the chocolate balls in the coconut to coat

Enjoy right away, or for a firmer, chewier snack, freeze them for later


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Wild Salmon in Ginger-Miso Sauce

The omega-3 essential fatty acids that are contained in wild caught salmon are protective against many issues, including heart disease, alzheimer’s disease, and cancer.  Salmon is also an excellent source of protein, selenium, and vitamin B12. 

Ginger boasts anti-inflammatory properties and free radical fighting anti-oxidants.  It is soothing to the digestive tract and stimulates digestion.

Miso is fermented soybean paste.  It promotes beneficial gut flora for digestion and proper immune system function.  It is also a good source of the minerals zinc, manganese, phosphorous, iron, and copper and contains vitamins B2 and B6, protein, and fiber, making it beneficial for energy production and balancing blood sugar.

INGREDIENTS:
1/4 cup white miso paste
2 tbsp. rice vinegar
3 tbsp. tamari
2 tbsp. minced green onion
1 - 2 tbsp. minced fresh ginger
2 tbsp. toasted sesame oil
several slices of fresh lemon
2 pounds wild-caught salmon

DIRECTIONS:

Whisk together the miso, vinegar, tamari, green onion, ginger, and sesame oil

Put salmon in a baking dish and pour the marinade over the salmon

Let the salmon marinate for about 30 min. in the refrigerator

Bake in the oven on 350 degrees for about 20 min. or until cooked through

Garnish with sliced lemon before serving


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Roasted Delicata Squash

As do other winter squashes, delicata squash contains complex carbohydrates that help keep you full and your blood sugar balanced. Much of the carbohydrate content is from polysaccharides that include pectin, which has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and insulin-regulating properties. Winter squash is also one of the richest sources of plant based anti-inflammatory nutrients such as omega 3s and beta-carotenes, important for a strong immune system. It is a great source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids), vitamin C, B-vitamins, folate, copper, manganese, potassium, magnesium, and fiber. 

INGREDIENTS:
Basic:
Delicata squash
Extra virgin olive oil
Salt

Optional Additions and Variations:
Cinnamon
Molasses (when the cleanse is finished)
Savory spices, such as dill, tarragon, or basil
Cook with sliced pears or apples

DIRECTIONS:

Skin may be eaten, or, if desired, use a peeler to take it off

Slice the squash in half lengthwise

Spoon out the seeds (these can be saved to wash and roast at 160 degrees for 20 minutes)

Slice each half into moon-shaped pieces about 1/4 - 1/2 inch thick

Put into a bowl and toss with olive oil, salt, and any other ingredients you are using

Spread out onto a cookie sheet or glass dish

Cook in the oven on 350 degrees for 20 minutes

Source for nutritional information:  Worlds healthiest foods. (2014). www.whfoods.org, Retrieved from http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=63

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