I don’t put much credit into magic. I use the term loosely and often but don’t readily believe in it. There is no real magic inherent in steel frames (unless good design puts it there). Holistic is just another word for gullible. And superfoods is another word for fad.
That said, some foods are better than others. Even if they aint got no fucking magic.
Raw foods is another trend in eating healthy and like most things connected with our health it’s got its measure of mysticism about it. According to some there are some kinda enzymes or some immeasurables in the food that are killed when we cook them. Read the raw food literature and they’ll let you know that people have healed what ails them and improved their wellness (a made up word and chimera of a concept if ever there was one) through eating raw.
Still, while I might disregard the hyperbole, I don’t like to throw out the baby with the bathwater. If there are things to be gained from the disinformation surrounding certain foods and ways of eating then why not borrow from them where appropriate. Hence I bring you…
Raw Food Christmas Treats
It would be fair to say that the only raw foods I have ever prepared are the sweets. I’ve made raw ice-cream and hazelnut balls and my wife has made cakes and desserts. It’s great because they’re delicious and nutritious and you can eat them for breakfast (which is pretty much everyone’s goal, to eat sweets for breaky).
What I’ve got for you here today is a recipe for making healthy rumballs
. The beauty of these fellas is they’re sweet tasty and healthy and heaps easy to prepare.
Before you start: you’ll need a decent food processor or blender.
- 200 grammes of macadamias*
- 200 grammes of cashews*
- 250 grammes of Loving Earth** cacao nibs
- 200 – 300 grammes of pitted dates
- 200ml of rum
- half a tablespoon of coconut fat
- dessicated coconut
Bung it all in a blender and mix the blend the fuck out of it. If you blend it enough you’ll release the fat in the cocao nibs and you’ll end up with a sticky mess. Roll them into rumball sized balls and store them in the fridge. The fats will go solid when cold and you’ll end up with proper hard little balls.
These rumballs taste great and are reasonably healthy. Though high in fat it’s mostly good fats, with the exception of coconut fat. Coconut fat is another of those foods with mystic properties for the initiated and suitably gullible. There’s no science behind it though and the consumption of saturated fats in coconut should probably be minimised. The calorific value is very high in these guys, which is a problem on Christmas day but if you make the same recipe without the rum you’ve got a great food to stick in your back pocket when riding. While sedentary people should fear good proper healthy food like these balls we cyclist can enjoy a proper diet balanced with a goodly dose of excise. Enjoy.
We added a little maple syrup to our balls this time to make them more palatable for kiddies. A bit of honey would do the same job.
* Or other nuts
* I specify Loving Earth because my friend works there. You can use another brand and I wont tell anyone.