For those of you who know me or who read the blog, you know my love for Garden of Life products! This love all started back when Julie and I went to the Martha Stewart vegan episode taping. In our goodie bags we had an amazing bottle of Garden of Life Perfect Food Raw Green Super Food! These capsules are filled with raw veggie juice made from 35 nutrient-dense greens, sprouts, and veggies. Supplementing with these capsules, which are rich in chlorophyll, trace minerals, antioxidants, enzymes, and probiotics, gives you energy, healthy blood sugar levels, immune system support, and also help your body with detoxification, digestion, and elimination. WHOA!! Easy to see why I fell in love right?
After the Raw Green Super Food I began using their vitamin and mineral supplements (Vitamin Code) as well. Right now I use a women’s multivitamin, b-complex, and iron. I definitely notice a difference between days where I supplement and days where I don’t.
My love brought me deeper into the Garden of Life products where I discovered their raw protein powders. I remember the first time I tried it I bought a single serving packet of the unflavored protein for my morning smoothie. It was love at first taste! Within days I bought my first container of the protein powder.
So what sets this vegan protein apart from others?
– The source of protein comes from an organic and raw blend of sprouts including sprouted brown rice, amaranth, quinoa, millet, buckwheat, garbanzo bean, lentil, adzuki bean, flax seed, sunflower seed, pumpkin seed, chia seed, and sesame seed (17 grams of protein per serving)
– The powder contains live probiotics and enzymes
– There are no fillers, artificial flavors, or synthetic nutrients
– On top of this, the protein powder is USDA organic, raw, vegan, gluten free, dairy and lactose free, contains no isolates, artificial sweeteners, or preservatives
Raw Protein Truffles
Yields 22 to 44 depending on size
1/3 cup raw coconut butter
4 Tbsp. (about 1 heaping scoop) Garden of Life raw protein, vanilla flavored
2 Tbsp. chia seeds
Pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt
3 tsp. raw maca powder
1/3 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/3 cup raw pepitas
1/3 cup raw walnuts
2/3 cup raisins
2/3 cup dried cranberries
1 cup raw nut butter
About 1 cup coconut flakes to roll the truffles in
In a food processor, combine the coconut butter, protein powder, chia seeds, salt, maca, nuts, seeds, and raisins. Process this into a nearly fine meal. I have a small food processor so I did this in a couple batches. Once processed transfer to a mixing bowl.
With a spoon, combine the protein/nut mixture with the raw nut butter and cranberries. Stir well to incorporate.
Mold the truffles into balls (about 2 Tbsp. per truffle) using your hands then roll in coconut flakes. Set aside onto a plate or tray. Once all the truffles are rolled and covered in coconut, place in the refrigerator to set. These truffles are great at room temperature or chilled (they’re a little harder when they’re cold). Enjoy guilt free at any time of the day (: