I'm excited to share this delicious recipe from my RD friend (Kathleen Oswalt) who is passionate about using food for fuel, nourishment and for healing. Enjoy!
"Get these bites into your belly! They give you a nice boost to your immune system and your recovery. Citrus from the lemon helps keep your immune system strong as those miles add up while you train and race. Did you know curcumin is the main ingredient in turmeric? This powerful substance has the ability to decrease inflammation and oxidative stress that your body is experiencing especially during peak training seasons. Don't leave out the black pepper though, it’s got a substance called piperine and is needed to help enhance the absorption of curcumin so you can experience the full benefits of these lemony turmeric bites!"
Lemony Turmeric Healing Bites
Total time: 20 minutes; makes 20-24 bites depending on size
- 12 Medjool dates OR 14 Deglet Noor dates; pitted
- 1 cup oats
- 1/2 cup almonds; whole
- 1 tbs flaxseed
- 1 tbs chia seeds
- 1 lemon; zest and juice
- 2 tsp Turmeric*
- 1 tsp 100% vanilla extract
- Pinch of black pepper
- 1/2 cup finely shredded coconut
- Add all ingredients into food processor and process until mixture is crumbly and more of a dough type texture. If dough is too crumbly and dry add 1 tablespoon of hot/warm water until mixture is the consistency you desire.
- Use a small spoon to scoop the mixture and roll into small bite-sized balls. Follow by rolling into shredded coconut and place on parchment paper or baking sheet. You may just add the shredded coconut to the mixture, this will cut back your total time.
- Once you’re done, store healing bites in an air-tight container in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks. These bites also freeze well.
*Note: if you’re not used to using turmeric in your cooking you may want to start with 1 tsp of turmeric versus 2 tsp. Turmeric has a strong flavor and for some it takes baby steps to enjoy/tolerate a larger serving of it.
For more information from Kathleen: