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Today I bring you an incredible nut-free snack that is going to nourish your cells and have you and your family jumping for joy.
Yes, Spirulina-Sesame bars.
These are great as a snack, an accompanying crunch to your leafy green salad, as a nice treat to take along on your travels, or as a crunchy munch for during your kids’ soccer games.
However they appeal to you, I know your body is going to rejoice from receiving such nourishing fare. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of these, shall we?
Spirulina (my #1 favorite food – for real) is…
*65% protein and amino acids including the essential fatty acids gamma linolenic acid (GLA) which has gotten a lot of attention for its anti-inflammatory properties.
*It’s bursting with chlorophyll which helps remove toxins from the blood and boost the immune system.
*Has a load of other nutrients, including: B-1, B-2, B-3, B-6, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and also the minerals potassium, calcium, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, selenium, sodium, and zinc.
*Is rich in anti-oxidants which scores over 24,000. That is 4x the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) of blueberries! How magical…
*Has over 26 times the Calcium in Milk!! This makes it exceptionally wonderful for elders, children, and pregnant women.
… And goodness, so many more benefits.
What about Sesame??
Being in Asia right now (check out the love at TravelFruitLove!), there is an abundance of Sesame and Local Tahini (sesame-seed butter, basically) available, and I have to say I’m loving it. Why? Because…
*Sesame is FULL of great protein: 20% of the seed is this macronutrient, and this means 4.7 grams of protein are in every ounce.
*Helps prevent Diabetes because it contains magnesium and other nutrients which have been shown to decrease likelihood of developing Diabetes.
*Reduces Blood Pressure: Super stressed? Eat some more Sesame. The same study shared above revealed how sesame oil lowers blood pressure in Diabetics because they are abundant in Magnesium.
*Good for Digestion: The high fiber in sesame helps support intestinal health and smooth digestion.
*Sesame Supports Healthy Skin: Who doesn’t love glowing skin? This seed supports skin elasticity and helps regenerate damaged body tissues. And the use of the oil has been shown
*Encourages Bone Health and Prevents Osteoporosis: A handful of sesame seeds contain
more calcium than a glass of milk. Also, the high zinc content of sesame boosts bone mineral density.
And guess what?? There are so many more benefits to this seed, it’s pretty incredible.
So already we have two great ingredients to make these bars pretty appealing, but what helps is that they also taste great. If you have a dehydrator and 15 minutes to make these, you and your loved ones are going to benefit immensely.
- 1 Tbsp Spirulina
- 3 Bananas
- ½ Cup Organic Raw Sesame Seeds
- 1 Cup Coconut Shreds
- 1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract (Alcohol-Free, please!)
- 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil (melted)
- ¼ tsp Cetic or Himalayan Sea Salt
- Mix spirulina, bananas, vanilla, and sea salt in a blender (Vita-Mix is greeeat!) for 30 seconds on high. Switch to low and slowly pour in coconut oil. Blend again.
- Pour mixture into a bowl, add coconut shreds and raw organic sesame seeds. Mix well.
- Spread on Teflex or dehydrator sheets, ¼ inch thick. Score to your preference.
- Dehydrate for 12 – 15 hours or until crisp. The climate you live in will affect the drying time.
- When done, store in an air-tight container either in the fridge or in a dry location for up to 2½ weeks. (That is if they last that long).
Kids love this snack, too, so be inspired to share the love!
All my best,