Immunity Boosting Recipes

Research over the past two decades has revealed that gut health is critical to overall health, and an unhealthy gut can contribute to a wide range of diseases as well as lower immunity.

Right now- Immunity is everything. We need to do all that we can to improve our Gut health, mental health and physcial health. So why not make some yummy recipes that are not only tasty- but are going to be good for the whole families immunity!

Be Pure Gut Healing Gummies

https://www.bepure.co.nz/blogs/news/gut-healing-gummies-recipe

Nadia Lims Winter Sunshine Tonic

https://nadialim.com/my-winter-sunshine-tonic/

Be Pure Homemade Bone Broth

https://www.bepure.co.nz/blogs/news/homemade-bone-broth-recipe

Activ8s Full Strength Smoothie

Immunity Boosting Protein Smoothie

 

Chocolate Protein Balls

5 T smooth Peanut Butter (I use Pics Peanut Butter)

1 serving Go Good Chocolate Whey Protein Powder (from Activ8)

2 T maple syrup or honey

1/2 vanilla extract or paste

2 t cacao powder

2 T rolled oats (optional if wanting gluten free)

2 t chia seeds

 

Blend together until well combined.

Shape into mini balls as a sweet treat, or larger balls for a post-workout snack.

I love this recipe- it is full of nutrients, sweet and satisfying. It is high in energy so make sure you only enjoy 1-2 per day if weight loss is a goal.

 

For a free sample of our Go Good Protein please pop into Activ8- you can then make this recipe or try it with one of our smoothie recipes.  Smoothies

 

 

Chocolate Fudge Bliss Balls

Ingredients

  • 4 T Coconut oil, melted
  • 2 T maple syrup (optional)
  • 6 T cacao powder, sifted
  • 1/4 cup coconut
  • 8 T smooth almond butter, or just blend up almonds
  • Pinch of salt
  • water if needed for consistency

Method

Combine all ingredients until well blended.

To dry to roll? Add water at end (if needed) to get a mixture that will roll easily.

To sticky? Chill in fridge for 30min.

Line tray with baking paper. Roll into small balls- can roll in coconut or chopped nuts as a topping.

Transfer to fridge and chill for 30min. Store in fridge. Can also freeze.

These are a delicious snack- the almonds mixed with cacao make it high in nutrition. Cacao is high in magnesium, zinc and iron. Magnesium is great for helping muscles relax before bed- making these good for that after dinner ‘treat’. Almonds are high in protein and healthy fats- meaning these small balls will keep you feeling fuller for longer, as well as give you that sweet hit- without all the refined sugar.

Remember they are high in energy so only have 1-2 per snack. These are perfect to take out for dessert- chilled straight from the fridge. Just make sure they don’t stay out for long, as they might soften due to the coconut oil.

Remember to share your baking with us #activ8blissballs

See more of our recipes: Snacks

Creamy Vegetable Soup

300g potatoes or kumara

1 tomato

1/2 onion

1 garlic glove

400g mixed veges (carrots, turnip, leek)

2 sprigs parsely

1T homemade vegetable stock

600g water

20g butter

  1. Chop onions and garlic
  2. Saute onions and garlic in butter
  3. Boil water
  4. Add onoin, garlic, chopped vegetables and remaining ingrediants to water
  5. Cook on medium for 25mins- stirring throughout
  6. Once all veges are tender (but not sloppy) pour into blender
  7. Whizz until desired consistency

Can add any veges you have- just add more or less water for the quantity and texture you like.

Dark Chocolate Bliss Balls

1 cup Cashews Nuts or Almonds

1/2 cup cacao or cocoa powder

1/2 cup dates

1 T vanilla essence

1/2 cup chocolate or vanilla protein powder

Splash of water depending on consistency

Coconut to roll balls in

Blend ingrediants well. Scoop mixture with spoon and roll in hands into balls.

Roll in coconut.

Place in fridge to harden.

Cashew nuts are rich in vitamin E and a good source of minerals, particularly magnesium and zinc. They are high in healthy fats- so these are a good replacement for a sweet treat or chocolate bar. They will leave you feeling satisfied, rather then craving more. Perfect for that mid arvo snack with a herbal tea!

Check out our Salted Caramel Bliss Balls here: Salted Caramel Bliss Ball recipe

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Cashew Crunch Bliss Balls

50g Flaxseeds

1T Coconut Oil

180g raw undalted cashew nuts

100g hazelnuts or almonds

90g pitted dates

1T Tahini

1T Maple Syrup

30g cocoa

  • Place flaxseeds, oil and nuts into blender.
  • Blend on high speed
  • Add remaining ingrediants, feel free to add any seeds or nuts you prefer
  • Roll into balls
  • Coat in coconut or sesame seeds or cocoa, as desired.
  • Put in fridge for 30min before serving

 

  • These cashew crunch bliss balls are good to keep in freezer as a treat

Linseed is the same thing as flaxseed- it has many health benefits, the main one being its high content of Omega-3 essential fatty acids. These have heart healthy effects including reducing your risk of heart disease, cancer and strokes. It is also high in fibre which is great for a balanced diet.

Love our Cashew Crunch Bliss Balls? Check out some more of our Bliss Ball recipes

https://www.activ8nz.co.nz/recipes/snacks/

 

Raw Chocolate Nut Slice

  • Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Raisins
  • Peanut Butter
  • 1/4c coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4c cocoa
  • 1/4c chocolate protein powder
  • 1/2c coconut
  • Can add extra nuts and seeds depending on your liking

Blend nuts and seeds until well-combined

Add the remaining ingrediants and whizz until well-combined. Should be a sticky mixture- if too dry add some more coconut oil.

Either roll into balls, or press into slice container. Set in freezer for 15mins before cutting up.

Enjoy this slice with a cup of peppermint tea, or in the kids lunchboxes- the mix of healthy nuts and chocolate, with not much dried fruit, means it is a great snack to give you a hit of nutrients without the blood sugar spike….enjoy!

Coconut Berry Smoothie

Ingredients:

1.5 cups almond or coconut milk

2/3 cup frozen blueberries

1 Tbsp olive oil or Flax oil (or hemp oil)

1 small pinch of sea salt

2 scoops Protein Powder (I use 180 Superfood protein)

A couple handfuls of greens or 1 scoop of greens powder

1 Tbsp peanut or almond butter

1/4 of an avocado (optional)

Sprinkle with sunflower or chia seeds

Blend all ingrediants in a blender- enjoy.

 

 

Breakfast Balls

Rolled Oats

Chia Seeds

Sunflower Seeds

Cranberries or Raisins

Cashew nuts

Almonds

Honey

Peanut butter

Protein Powder (optional)

Chocolate chips (optional)

 

Warm peanut butter and honey until it’s slightly melted and mixed together.

Put all ingrediants in a blender- blend until just combined.

Mixture should be sticky and able to be rolled together……if too dry, then add a bit of water.

Roll into balls, set in fridge.

 

I make these balls by just adding the ingrediants to the blender….adding a bit less of rolled oats and a bit more of nuts and fruit as thats the way I like it. But feel free to play with the amounts depending on what texture you like and how much carbs vs protein you like.

These balls are high in energy- so perfect if you want a quick snack prior or post training, or as a breakfast on the go. If fat loss is a goal, limit intake as more of a treat.

See more yummy raw ball recipes:

https://www.activ8nz.co.nz/news/caramel-coconut-raw-balls-slice/

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Simple Slaw

Red Cabbage -thinly sliced

Green Cabbage -thinly sliced

Silverbeet/ Spinach -thinly sliced

Carrott- grated

Cheese- grated

Sunflower Seeds

Celery- chopped

Corn- cut off cob, or tinned

Mayo for dressing

  • Prepare veges for the slaw
  • Toss all together
  • Put in airtight container
  • Add mayo when serving
  • Aioli is a healthier option