Over the past few years, I’ve cleaned up my diet a lot. Some of these changes were forced upon me when my body began rejecting certain foods. Joint inflammation, skin irritation and general stuffiness became a part of my daily life.
Then, I began paying more attention to what I ate and started eliminating certain trigger foods. Unfortunately, red wine was one of them (let’s have a moment of silence, shall we?). Processed foods, which I knew I shouldn’t be eating anyway, were a definite no-no, especially if they contained MSG or sulphites.
Aside from the benefits of short-listing certain foods, I also learned how important it was to add certain foods to my diet. I’ve always been a vege-lover, but I didn’t realize how limited my variety was. Who knew there are so many types of greens out there? Who knew it’s better to eat some raw and steam others? A bit complicated, but so worth learning for vibrant health.
One book that’s helped me through my healthier living journey is Joyous Health by Joy McCarthy. Joy is a holistic nutritionist who shares a common sense approach to eating and living well that goes beyond food.
One of my favorite recipes from the book is raw carrot cake balls. Anything with “cake” in the name immediately grabs my attention, you? Getting the go-ahead to eat it, even better!
Joyous Health Raw Carrot Cake Balls
All you need to make these delicious treats that taste like sweet and spicy carrot cake batter are some simple ingredients, a food processor (I use this one) and your hands. Quick and easy, and no baking required.
If you’d like to make your own raw carrot cake balls, Joy shares the recipe on her Joyous Health blog.
I had less shredded coconut on hand than the recipe called for, so I added some hemp seeds for rolling. Turned out perfectly. One thing I would suggest is cutting back the honey unless you like things overly sweet.
I highly recommend picking up the book so you can try even more healthy and delicious recipes like her Metabolism Booster Breakfast Smoothie and Chickpea Detox Salad– yum! I also love her 10 Day Meal Plan that takes the guess work out (for those busy times when I don’t want to think about it). I’m happy to know which foods to ditch for their harmful effects, as well as those to eat for more energy and a clear mind. Healthy living is about being informed so you can make good choices, right?
What have you added or taken away from your diet to improve your health? Any books that have helped you on your healthy living journey?
Enjoy your day!
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