No one put it better than the “father of medicine” himself, Hippocrates, when he said: Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. Many centuries later we find ourselves in an age of chemically processed nutrients and mineral-depleted soil, so food is not what it once was. Superfoods are highly concentrated, nutrient-dense foods, with multiple beneficial properties. In an article written for Plenish mag, we discuss two of nature’s most nutritious and mood-enhancing superfoods: maca and cacao. Read the full article here. And don’t miss our EAT section this week, which gives you our super-easy and super-delicious Superfood Balls recipe; a great way to get maca and cacao into your diet on a daily basis!
P&C Superfood Balls
If you’ve read our article featured in Plenish mag this week (see READ), you’ll know how beneficial superfoods are to the diet. These snack balls include mood-enhancing maca and cacao and are incredibly easy to make. Have a go and let us know what you think! Ingredients: 150g of mixed nuts, 1.5 tbsp of walnut oil, 150g of dried dates (chopped for better blending), 2 tbsp of maca powder, 3 tbsp of raw cacao, 3 tbsp of coconut oil, a pinch of sea salt, a dash of water, 2 tbsp matcha green tea powder, and a bit extra for rolling. Method: Pulse nuts in food processor until roughly blended. Add the rest of the ingredients, dosing the mixture with the walnut oil gradually, and process until fully mixed. Roll mixture into balls. Roll balls in a fine layer of matcha green tea powder. Wrap balls in tin foil and put into freezer for 20-30 mins to set. Remove from freezer, store in airtight container and keep refrigerated – they’ll last for at least a week.
Run for your life!
If you are looking for something to shake up your workout routine and also get you in the mood for Halloween, then have we got a treat for you! This year the Zombie Evacuation Race brings you an all-new Halloween 5k experience: the “Apocalypse at Allianz Park“. Once the fortress of the mighty Saracens Rugby Team, it is now overrun by thousands of zombies after a rogue zombie made its way to the North London venue and set about infecting the inhabitants of Allianz Park. There have been reports that the nearby woodland and moorland areas are now occupied by zombies who leap out and feast on unsuspecting passersby. If you believe you have what it takes to outrun the zombie hoards, dodge the undead and save Allianz Park, then sign up to the 5k Halloween race on the 1st of November for a training experience that will be hard to beat!
9bars have been on our nutritional radar for years now. One of the things we look for in a snack is a good amount of protein. A high protein content can slow the absorption of sugar, therefore preventing spikes and subsequent crashes in blood glucose, as the body battles to normalise blood sugar levels. While 9bars are quite sweet, they are composed of 60% seeds (a mixture of sunflower, pumpkin, sesame, poppy and hemp) which gives them an impressive protein content of nearly 20%, akin to that of a chicken breast. Seeds also contain numerous minerals and vitamins as well as a range of essential fatty acids. Until recently there hasn’t been much choice within the 9bar brand, but oh how that has changed in the past year. The 9bar range now includes ‘9bar breakfast‘ and ‘9bar savoury‘, but the latest addition to the growing selection is ‘9bar indulge‘, and we are officially hooked. So if you are looking for an alternative snack that is nutritious but also packs a protein punch, look no further than the new and improved 9bar range.