Oh baby, how good do these look? Let me tell you: they are so addictive. Spicy from the turmeric and ginger, tangy from the lemon, and just a hint of sweetness from the honey. Hell yeah, these are delightful.
With cold season dragging on, I’ve been drinking turmeric + ginger tea almost every day. And then it hit me: I need an immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory snack. And voila. My favourite part about these is that they’re date free, which helps to bring down the sugar content. If you want to make them low-carb, simply omit the honey, and add a little water to help it bind instead. Or coconut butter–that could be good too. (If I make a low-carb version, I’ll be sure to update this!)
I have a feeling these will be key for prevent colds and flus over the next few weeks, so if you’re looking to support your immune system, I highly recommend you try these!
In other news, I am officially twenty-six! Allie likes to point out that I’m no longer youthful–I like to point out that she’s silly and older than I am. Yesterday was such a perfect celebration: lazy breakfast with Allie, took the dog for a walk, got a tattoo, went shopping (and bought myself Paleo Principles–this gorgeous textbook-like creation from Dr. Sarah Ballantyne. Seriously, I’m smitten.), and then went to dinner to a great local mediterranean restaurant. The whole day was so perfect. And thank you to everyone who sent me birthday wishes–it really made my day.
So how does it feel to be 26?
I’m not going to lie: it feels basically the same. Probably because I’ve been telling everyone I’m 26 for the last few months anyway–does anyone else round up like that? No? Oops.
But I do stand by what I’ve said in previous posts: 2018 feels like a year of self-reflection, stillness, self-care, spiritual growth. It feels like a year for exploration, understanding and compassion. A year of calm. Of connection. That’s how I want to feel at 26.
I’ve been trading in my evening glass of wine for a hot cup of chamomile tea. My barre class for hot yoga. My coffee for matcha. (Okay, mostly matcha. I’m a coffee lover through and through.)
Turmeric is highly anti-inflammatory, so it helps to decrease inflammation and consequently, prevent pathogenic bacteria from invading the body. Turmeric is linked to better brain function, and a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and even aging.
Lemons are a good source of vitamin C, which is needed to boost the immune system, improve skin quality, and increase the uptake of collagen.
These small seeds are packed with protein, fibre and essential fatty acids, making them a great gut-friendly ingredient.
Raw honey contains anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, making it great addition to prevent illness. It’s also soothing for sore throats, and acts as a cough suppressant.
Make sure you make yourself a double batch of these Turmeric Ginger bites to stay healthy this season!
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut + more for rolling
- 1/4 cup cashew butter
- 1/4 cup hemp seeds
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- zest of 1/2 lemon
- 2 tbsp raw, unpasteurized honey
- 2 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp ginger
- Place all ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth, about 2-3 minutes.
- Using a tablespoon ice cream scoop, scoop small balls, and roll into a ball with your palms (I recommend wearing gloves to avoid yellow hands!).
- Roll balls into shredded coconut until well coated.
- Store in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to a week!