These almond turmeric bliss balls have the perfect blend of tasty and healthy.
We live in uncertain times with new diseases emerging every other day and making our already stressful lives even harder. It is natural to worry about our health and that of our loved ones. However, worrying and stressing only impairs one’s immunity. Easier said than done I know and I feel I take 5 steps ahead and 6 steps back. But staying away from negative media and constant reminders to bring yourself back to the present moment helps.
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It was on one such stressful afternoon when I watched a video by the famous and well respected holistic lifestyle coach Luke Coutinho. In that short video, he spoke about small steps that one can take to boost one’s immunity. It involved taking a balanced diet and including protein in every meal, and working out. He also highlighted certain food items like – almonds, turmeric, ginger, kiwi, pumpkin amongst others which have great immunity-boosting properties. But most importantly, I feel, were his closing lines that no matter how healthy and how well one eats, it is going to be of no help if we are not mentally healthy. In other words, positive thoughts and good quality sleep, are a holistically healthy lifestyle in the truest sense of the word. And I feel this is pertinent and poignant not just in the current times when the world is trying to fight COVID19 but at all times.
Boost Your Immunity With Almond Turmeric Bliss Balls
As I watched the video, I tried to figure the best way possible to get all the immunity boosters Luke mentioned in our diet. It had to be simple and more importantly kid-friendly. My instant thought was laddus or bliss balls. This is an extremely forgiving recipe. Play around with the ingredients and their quantities based on your taste. For example, I added some ghee roasted makhanas (fox nuts) to add more body and crunch to the laddus.
Try my other recipes for energy balls, bliss balls and laddus.
When I make bliss balls or laddus I usually blended all the ingredients in a high-speed blender or NutriBullet. This time I did not have NutriBullet at hand so I powdered all ingredients separately and then eventually blitzed it together for a few seconds to give it a nice mix.
I used two tablespoons ghee in the recipe but if you like a smoother texture you can use a little extra. I recommend eating a laddu first thing in the morning on an empty stomach with warm water or enjoy it as an afternoon snack. Sharing this just in time for Holi for you to try.
- Almond- 1 cup
- Fox Nuts or Makhana, roasted in ghee- 3/4 cup
- Pumpkin seeds- 1/2 cup
- Turmeric- 1 tsp
- Ginger Powder- 1 tsp
- Freshly pound Black Pepper- 3/4 tsp
- Jaggery, powdered or chopped fine- 1.5 cups or as per taste (can be substituted with honey)
- Pure Ghee or Cold-pressed Coconut Oil- 2 tbsp
- Blend almonds, fox nuts and pumpkin seeds one at a time in a high speed blender
- Next, mix all the powdered ingredients with the remanding ingredients and blend for 10-15 seconds again
- Empty the contents in a bowl, grease palms with some ghee and make laddoos of desired size
- Place in an air-tight container at room temperature and consume within a week