Eat Your Herbs With This Yummy "Nutrient Boost" Balls Recipe
By Meagan - September 05, 2014
Have you been looking for the perfect vitamin for yourself or your kids only to be disappointed with the additives, the price, the taste, or even how they make you feel? If so, have you thought about using herbs as your daily multivitamin or at least as a way to bring in more whole food nutrition to your diet? If you answered yes to both of these questions, then keep reading because today I'm going to show you how I use Erin's Super Green Drink mix as my daily multivitamin for not only myself, but my kids as well!
Erin's Super Green Drink MixThis combination of herbs consists of 28 tonic herbs that are full of vitamins and minerals your body needs... not to mention additional things like fats, carbohydrates, proteins (macronutrients) and essential fatty acids. This blend of powdered herbs has been well researched and each herb chosen for its nutrient content. It can be used in many ways, from being mixed in water or juice to added into smoothies or applesauce. I will say that it does alter the flavor of whatever you add it too so if you really don't care for the flavor, you could always put it in capsules and take it that way. Unfortunately, capsules have their downsides too. One, they take longer for the body to break open so absorption is decreased, and two, many people can't swallow them, especially kids. That's where "herb balls" come into play. We'll talk about how to make them in a minute, but first, I want to talk about using herbs for their vitamins and minerals.
Are Herbs Good Sources Of Vitamins & Minerals?At one point I wondered this too. Can I really get my recommended daily allowance of vitamins and minerals from herbs? Well there are a few things I had to consider before answering that question. 1. God made food to supply our bodies with nutrients. When it comes to popular new diets and new supplements, I always ask myself these questions. Is it real food? Is it whole? Is it the way God created it? When I think about the most basic way we sustain ourselves, it's through nourishing foods... whole foods. Those foods include all the things God gave us to eat. Vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts, meat, dairy, grains, etc. Sure we all will vary based on individual needs and preferences, but what I'm trying to get at here is that God has provided us with nourishing food to eat in order to keep our bodies healthy. That includes herbs. Herbs are plants, and all plants have vitamins and minerals. They were meant to be eaten as food, not to be use only for their medicinal properties. There are many ways you can use herbs for nourishment such as drinking them in teas, adding them to your meals as spices, and adding them to smoothies or other sweet treats. The point is this... nutrition comes from food so for me and my family, we start there. 2. Everyone doesn't need the same amount of the same things. When thinking about "recommended daily allowances" for vitamins and minerals, I have to remind myself that these numbers are based on dietary intake levels that are sufficient to meet the needs of healthy individuals. Basically... they're what you need on a daily basis to maintain health, and that may be different for everyone. If you're sick, you'll most likely need more vitamins and minerals for a time. If you're healthy, you probably need less. If you live in colder climates, you may need more of certain things and less of others. Same goes if you eat a particular kind of diet. The point is this... one set number for each vitamin and mineral isn't the answer for us all. We all have different needs. When it comes to my family and I, eating a varied diet of nutritionally dense foods, including herbs, on a daily basis serves us well. We are all healthy, and we don't run into problems with deficiencies which I'm very grateful for. Now of course that's my family, and it's not the same for everyone because we all have different lifestyles and living situations. We all have different genetic makeups and propensities towards certain health problems. With that being said, if you can't get what you need from food alone, herbs can help bridge the gap between foods and supplements. 3. Real, whole foods are more bioavailable than many lab created supplements. The last thing I wanna bring to mind is that real, whole foods are recognized by the body and are more likely to be absorbed and utilized by the body than a synthetic or partial substance would be. Many times, when people buy multi-vitamin and mineral supplements, they shop for the cheap, one-a-day versions that are created in a lab. The body has a hard time recognizing and using these kinds of vitamins so if you wanna get the most out of your efforts, herbs can be a better way to go. So what was the answer to my original question about getting the vitamins and minerals I need from herbs? Well, for me and my family, I think it's an excellent option. I don't know if it will replace a multi-vitamin exactly, but I do know that it's a better option than using any old vitamin-mineral supplement or not using anything at all.
Yummy "Nutrient Boost" BallsThis brings me to today's recipe... Yummy "Nutrient Boost" Balls These are some of my family's favorite ways to take herbs. I love putting Erin's Super Green Drink mix in my smoothies. The flavor doesn't bother me at all. My kids don't mind it either, but my husband... he's not a bit fan of it so I had to come up with a better way of doing things. This recipe is a combination of a few "raw ball" recipes I've come across over the years. Basically I just decided to put a bunch of yummy foods together to mask the flavor of the herbs as much as possible. The great thing about this recipe is that you can tweak it any way you wish. If the herb flavor is too strong for you, cut back on the herbs. If you can't taste them at all, maybe add a bit more to the mix. The choice is yours! Enjoy!
Yummy "Nutrient Boost" BallsIngredients:
- 4 c. nut butter
- 2 c. raw honey
- 1/4 c. cranberries/raisens
- 1/2 c. shredded unsweetened coconut
- 1/4 c. cocoa powder
- 1 c. Erin's super green drink mix
- cinnamon powder - to roll balls in