Superfoods for super energy levels

Superfoods are getting so much attention recently. We all hear about the many benefits of superfoods, but how do you add them to your diet? It is a lot easier than you might think.

Just take a look at Evergreen's recipe for raw energy bars with added superfoods. This amazing recipe contains three of the most popular superfoods. It only takes 20 minutes to make eight delicious energy bars which are packed full of superfood goodness.

Raw energy bars with superfood goodness

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups Evergreen pitted dates

1/3 cup True Natural Goodness cacao powder

1/3 cup Chia Bia whole chia seeds

1/3 cup True Natural Goodness goji berries

½ tsp vanilla extract (optional )

1 cup Evergreen flaked almonds

Method:

Puree the dates in a food processor until a thick paste forms. Add the cocoa powder, chia seeds, goji berries, and vanilla extract and pulse until all the ingredients are combined.

Add the almonds and pulse.

Spread the mixture into a 2cm thick rectangle on a large sheet of wax paper.

Wrap tightly and refrigerate overnight.

Cut into eight bars and rewrap in wax paper.

Enjoy!

So whether you are looking for a pre/post workout snack, a healthy snack for your children, a pick-me-up for on the go, or just an easy way to add superfoods to your diet, this superfood energy bar recipe is perfect for you.

Here is a breakdown of the many benefits of the superfoods used.

Chia seeds: These little superfoods are packed full with goodness; they contain five times more calcium than milk, they are an excellent source of fibre, omega-3, as well as a number of other vitamins and minerals. Chia seeds also have anti-inflammatory properties, can help reduce cholesterol, and help maintain healthy skin.

Goji berries: Goji berries are often said to be the most nutritionally dense fruit on earth. They contain essential amino acids, protein, vitamin C, fibre, and 21 trace minerals. If all that wasn’t enough, goji berries also have natural anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties and taste amazing.

Cacao powder: Cacao powder is not just added to this recipe for its delicious taste. It is also a rich source of protein and minerals including calcium, iron, and phosphorous. Cacao is also a source of omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids, plant sterols, and many B vitamins.

All the ingredients used in this healthy recipe are available in all Evergreen health food stores and online at Evergreen.ie

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