Cutting out chocolate for lent or the DECHOX challenge will be a whole lot easier if you have alternative super tasty foods to eat if you feel like something sweet.
At Relish Wellbeing we’re always creating nourishing, simple-to-make snacks and one of our favourites and possibly the most simple to make are these coconut and date balls. They just need two ingredients and in ten minutes you’ll have a perfect, delicious DECHOX friendly snack!
Makes: 16-18 balls
150g desiccated coconut
100g pitted dates (medjool if you can get them)
- Put 100g of the coconut and all the dates in a food processor
- Blitz for 2 minutes until well combined
- Remove and roll into small balls
- Roll the balls into remaining coconut to coat, then enjoy!
One of the reasons many of us love chocolate so much is the mood-enhancing properties it has, it makes us feel good! Fortunately, dates could be your new go-to mood booster. They are packed with nutrients needed to help your body produce mood-boosting neurotransmitters such as serotonin which is called the ‘feel good’ chemical!
Some people are wary of eating dates as they are naturally high in sugar, however, research has shown that eating dates regularly doesn’t appear to have a detrimental effect on blood sugar levels.
This study also found eating dates reduced triglyceride levels and oxidative stress so concluded dates to be ‘antiatherogenic’ (help to reduce fatty deposits building up in our arteries). In addition, one date contains around 1.6g of fibre so having 2 dates or coconut and date balls could provide almost 10% of the recommended daily intake of fibre. Fibre is powerful stuff helping to reduce cholesterol levels, heart disease risk and colon cancer risk.
Super simple, sweet tasting, mood-boosting and nourishing too, a pretty good DEXHOX friendly snack – enjoy!
Note: This recipe is nut-free which makes it handy for school lunchboxes.
Find out more about the DECHOX challenge being run by the British Heart Foundation here. If you are giving up chocolate for any period of time we’d love to hear about any tasty alternatives you’ve been enjoying. Good luck!