I’ve been following with interest the backlash on the ‘clean eating’ and wellness industry. I for one am guilty of using the term ‘clean’ in past blog posts and labelling ‘healthier’ cake recipes as ‘guilt-free’. We absolutely shouldn’t be feeling guilty if we’re eating a doughnut or some cake. I mean, who am I to tell you what you should feel guilty about. (I mean, hello, the Co-op have vegan doughnuts that scream my name, I can easily demolish a pack of Oreos, and I’ll happily grab a sandwich from M&S – woohoo, they’ve got a new vegan range). For me, I know that my tummy doesn’t take kindly to me feeding it too much of this type of food and when I gave up sugar completely I felt amazing. For me, it’s not about losing weight, it’s about enjoying my life and I can’t if I feel bloated and crappy. But, I also can’t quite turn down a glass or three of wine, or some oreos because that’s another way I enjoy life, and I’ll not be feeling guilty about it.
I know if I don’t feed myself foods that are packed full of ingredients I can’t pronounce then I won’t be writhing around in pain. But, I also know that I can’t quite say no to that doughnut and that is absolutely okay. After all, the best people to tell us what to eat are ourselves, we know our bodies the best.
So, here’s to these bliss balls that are naturally sweet and won’t make my belly feel bad, but let’s stop feeling guilty over food choices and listen to our own bodies.
Pistachio and Cacao Bliss Balls
200g medjool dates (or soaked dried dates)
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp cacao powder
- Remove the pistachios from their shells and place in a food processor.
- Blitz the pistachios until they’re finely chopped.
- Add the dates and blend with the nuts.
- Melt the coconut oil in a saucepan and add to the food processor along with the cacao powder.
- Blend for ten seconds and then take small spoonfuls of the mixture rolling them into balls in your hand.
- The mixture should make about ten balls.
- Keep in the refrigerator.