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Sep 13, 2016 BY Joy McCarthy

Berry Green Bites

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We have just come back from our trip out west and I’ve been dying to get in the kitchen and create some snacks for The McJordans (Walker, Vienna and I). These bites are the first recipe I’ve whipped up in my food processor since being back. I actually created this recipe a few months ago for my friends at Genuine Health, so I’ve been looking forward to sharing it with you because it’s made with my favourite superfood powder: fermented organic gut superfoods+ (note: I have also made this with greens+ kids in the past if you have that on hand, but please note it is no longer available)

These bites taste like a burst of freshness in your mouth! The lemon and blueberry is a wonderful flavour combination. The addition of the fermented organic gut superfoods+ really amps up the nutrition because it’s super rich in phytonutrients. Since phyto means “plant,” maybe I should have called them plant-powerballs! 

Did you know there are over 23,000 known phytonutrients in plant foods?

Phytonutrients have many different roles in the body. Some act as fire fighters and extinguish any inflammation, some protect your cells from damage caused by free radicals that would otherwise accelerate aging of your skin or worse, promote cancer. Other phytonutrients aid in detoxification, which is what my second book Joyous Detox is all about! And if that wasn’t enough, there are phytonutrients that protect your mental health by preventing the breakdown of mood-boosting neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine. 

These Berry Green Bites are power-packed with phytonutrients, so let’s get to this recipe shall we? (as I nibble on one right now …)

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Ingredients
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup dried blueberries
  • 1/2 cup shredded unsulfured coconut
  • 6 soft medjool dates, pitted
  • 2 scoops fermented organic gut superfoods+ (summer berry pomegranate flavour)
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • Zest from 1 lemon
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients into a food processor. Blend until combined.
  2. Roll into 1 inch balls.
  3. Refrigerate for up to a week or freeze for a few months.

Notes

Makes 22 balls.

Be sure to check my Instagram stories because I made them this morning and you can watch how I did it!

By the way, I used all organic ingredients for these bites including the fermented organic gut superfoods+ which is made with 21 organic plant-based superfoods. Organic is important to me. In fact, you can learn more about why I choose organic in this article I wrote for the Canadian Health Food Association here.

These Berry Green Bites are wonderful packed in your lunchbox as a mid-afternoon treat. You could make them nut-free by using sunflower seeds instead to make them school-friendly. Vienna LOVES these little bites because they are the perfect size for her little hands. If you’re making them for your little one, just make sure you blend them long enough so that you don’t have any large cashew chunks, which can be tough for young ones to swallow.

Genuine Health will be sharing this recipe and two more I created for them over the coming weeks so be sure to check out their blog! 

Be sure to tag me #joyoushealth if you make them so I can see your creations.

Have a joyous week!

Joy

Sep 13, 2016 BY Joy McCarthy
22 Comments
Penny   •   September 15, 2016

These Berry green bites look delicious, I always seem to be stuck on what to snack on. Can you tell me what is greens + kids mixed berry - do i make it or buy it. Please advise. P.S. I love your newsletters :) Cheers Penny

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Joy McCarthy   •   September 16, 2016

Andrea Beazley   •   September 15, 2016

These look yummy! I've been really into making energy balls in the food processor lately. They are the perfect pregnancy snack!

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Betty Lou   •   September 16, 2016

Hi Joy, What is greens ÷ kids? Health or organic store I assume? BLOU

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Heather Allen   •   September 19, 2016

Tunde Powers   •   February 22, 2017

I am not a fan of protein powders. Can I make this without it? Isn't protein powder considered a processed food? It seems all nutritionists always use it for everything but I don't like the grainy artificial flavour of it. Any suggestions would help. Thank you.

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Rachel Molenda   •   February 22, 2017

Erica   •   February 22, 2017

Hi Joy, could you tell me what's the big difference between the kids

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Rachel Molenda   •   February 23, 2017

Jocelyn   •   February 22, 2017

Is it possible to use a different type of nut? I seem to have a sensitivity to cashews. Thanks for any suggestions, Jocelyn

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Rachel Molenda   •   February 23, 2017

Joanna Brookes   •   February 22, 2017

Hi Joy! Do you soak the cashews first?

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Rachel Molenda   •   February 23, 2017

Jenny   •   February 23, 2017

I don't have dried blueberries on hand, I assume I could swap in dried cranberries?

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Rachel Molenda   •   February 23, 2017

Alexis Slater   •   April 15, 2017

Hello Joy, I was curious about your recipe in your "Joyous Detox" recipe book called Apple Pie Bites, which is similar to this Berry Green Bites recipe above. That recipe includes brown rice flour; whereas this version above does not. I read somewhere that you can make your own brown rice flour by grinding it in the food processor. But I'm wondering if using raw brown rice powder in the apple pie bites without any cooking - is that safe? Thanks for your feedback.

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Rachel Molenda   •   April 17, 2017

Alexis Slater   •   April 17, 2017

Hi Rachel, The reason I ask about using raw brown rice is because I've never come across any recipes in the past where rice is used in its raw, uncooked state. So my concern is about ramifications of eating uncooked rice. One thought I had is that when you cook rice, it absorbs a lot of water which causes it expand to double its size. Would this expansion perhaps also occur in the body, thereby contributing to stomach upset and constipation... Do you have any resources that explain this? Being that ground rice is basically like a flour, and we don't typically eat uncooked flour (dough), I'm curious about the ramifications about doing this with rice. Thanks!

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Rachel Molenda   •   April 18, 2017

Sandy J.   •   October 3, 2017

Curious where you get the dried blueberries? Anything I've come across has added sugar :(

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Sumita   •   November 14, 2017

Thank you so much for sharing these amazing recipes. This is huge help for me since I’m always stressed about my 19 month old daughter’s nutritional needs. She’s a vegetarian baby so I’m constantly looking for protein ideas and make sure she’s getting iron rich foods etc. Thank you for making my life easier 🙏🏼

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Rachel Molenda   •   November 15, 2017

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