Turmeric Maca Energy Bites
How to Use Turmeric
Whether it's combining freshly grated turmeric with healthy fats in our Turmeric Maca Energy Bites (for enhanced absorption), or creating anti-inflammatory synergies with turmeric peels and black peppercorns in our teas, turmeric is one of the pillars of the Pharm Table Kitchen.
Knowing how to enhance the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric is key in general, but especially when we transition seasons. During the summer our body can take more raw turmeric since we need bitter, astringent and sweet foods to keep the body cool during hot summer months. Once fall winds arrive our body's naturally crave foods that are “sweet”, “salty” and “sour." These flavors help naturally warm the body.
Turmeric's superfood qualities are “bitter,” "astringent,” and “pungent” So what does all this mean?
In the colder months, we want to counterbalance the colder outside temperatures by adding dense, warm and liquid foods into our diet with an emphasis on good quality fats and that are warming to body. In this recipe we focus or sweet and pungent ingredients to warm the body, layered with the anti-inflammatory effects of the turmeric.
Why these Turmeric Maca Bites = Energy
Turmeric has superior absorption when consumed with fats and actually stays in the body. The addition of black pepper creates a nutritional synergy, enhancing the anti-inflammatory effects of turmeric. The chia seeds also work to make the body feel more satiated as they expand when wet, which also leaves the body more hydrated. Maca, aka "Andean Viagra" is pure amino acid and is a form of Ginseng. All in all, these energy bites are high in potassium which means electrolytes!
Work this recipe into your weekly routine for breakfast or as a healthful dessert
Yield: 2 dozen
1/2 cup coconut flake (sweet)
1/2 cup almonds (sweet)
1/2 cup pepitas (pungent)
1 1/2 cup dates, pitted (sweet)
1/2 cup almond butter (sour)
1/4 cup chia seeds (sweet)
1 tsp turmeric, freshly grated (pungent, bitter, sweet)
1 tsp ginger powder (pungent)
1/4 tsp pink salt (salty)
1 pinch black pepper, (pungent) optional
2 tbsp maca powder (bitter, sweet)
Place all ingredients in the bowl of a high powered food processor and blend on h igh until finely ground. We use thermomix for best results.
Roll into one ounce balls or press into bars. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Shelf Life is 20 days.