Coconut Fig Superfood Energy Squares
If you love figs and coconut, then you'll LOVE these squares. They actually taste more like a dessert than a healthy snack - so try your best not to have too many in one sitting! Coconut, figs, and almonds make up the base of this squares. Add in some cacao powder, coconut oil, goji powder, lucuma powder, camu camu powder for added nutrition and then some raw blue agave, sea salt and vanilla for flavor and you have a delicious snack that\'ll give you plenty of sustained energy to get you through your day.
Coconut helps to improve heart and brain health with its short chain and medium chain fatty acids (which have no negative effect on cholesterol ratios unlike long-chain fatty acids which make up nearly 98% of all fatty acids consumed). Coconut is good at reducing sweet cravings and made up of an impressive 61% dietary fiber. More impressive is the fact that it's all insoluble fiber, meaning that the body cannot digest it, no calories are derived from it, and it has no effect of blood sugar. In addition, coconut helps to improve digestion by supporting the proper absorption of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. It also helps prevent obesity by speeding up metabolism while providing an immediate source of energy with less calories than other fats.
Figs are low in calories but very high in soluble dietary fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. They're a good source of vitamin A, vitamin E, and vitamin K - all phytochemicals that help defend against oxidative stress and free radical damage and prevent numerous forms of disease. The chlorogenic acid in figs can help lower blood sugar levels and control blood-glucose levels - making them potentially helpful for people with diabetes. Figs also contain good amounts of B-complex vitamins, copper, calcium, potassium, iron, manganese, zinc, and selenium.
Cacao is filled with dietary fiber, iron, calcium, chromium, zinc, manganese, copper, and potassium. It's one of the highest food sources of magnesium and antioxidants, and also contains significant amounts of vitamin C, PEAs (the chemical our bodies create when we fall in love), and tryptophan (the "feel good" nutrient). Cacao helps support a healthy cardiovascular system and is a great defender against oxidative stress and age-related issues.
Camu Camu powder a rich source of antioxidants and powerful phytonutrients that support and enhance health and immunity. It has more vitamin C than any other plant in the world (30-60 times more than an orange), contains the amino acids serine, valine, and leucine and is a significant source of beta carotene, calcium, iron, niacin, phosphorous, riboflavin and thiamin. Camu Camu is known to help maintain good eyesight, reduce inflammation, help maintain mental clarity and concentration (often used by alternative medical practitioners to combat ADD) and provide collagen, tendon, and ligament support.
Lucuma is a great alternative sweetener - as it's not only very nutrition, but also low-glycemic, an immune-booster and protector against diseases like cancer, lower in calories than traditional sweeteners, and it will not cause major spikes and crashes of blood sugar to those who consume it. Lucuma is high antioxidants, fiber and B-vitamins like beta-carotene and niacin (B3). It has a maple-like flavor and is actually Peru's #1 ice cream flavor.
Goji berries are simply one of the most nutrient dense fruits on earth. They are great for strength, stamina, and longevity - and they actually stimulate the body's natural HGH production. Goji berries are the highest rated antioxidant (ORAC) food in the world based on the ORAC Chart of Fruits, Vegetables and Essential Oils. These antioxidants (like vitamin C) help combat premature aging, and they actually contain 500 times more vitamin C per ounce than oranges! Goji berries are also a good source of vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, and E, and even have natural anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal compounds. Plus, they contain all 18 of the essential amino acids (the building blocks of protein) that the human body cannot create itself and have one of the highest protein concentration of any fruit.
Almonds are considered to be the nut packed with the most nutrients and beneficial attributes. They are a rich source of Vitamin E, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, and iron, and contains moderates amounts of selenium, zinc, potassium, copper, and niacin. The reasons to consume almonds on a regular basis are endless. They contain nutritional elements that promote brain health and development; their healthy fats and flavonoids help prevent heart diseases, high blood pressure, and heart attacks; they help balance cholesterol levels; they boost the body's immune system and energy production; they help reduce inflammation; and they even help with weight management and hunger cravings being high in dietary fiber and healthy fats.
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