Most people are familiar with hummus, but may not realize that one of the main ingredients is TAHINI, or ground sesame seed paste.This creamy concoction resembles other nut or seed butters in consistency, and has its very own nutritious properties.
- Rich in minerals such as phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, calcium and iron
- High in vitamin E and many B vitamins
- A good source of protein (3 grams per tablespoon)
- Easy to digest
- A great source of healthy fat, good for helping stabilize blood sugars and absorb fat soluble vitamins
If you are skeptical of tahini, we urge you to try it! Though a bit bland on its own, the beautiful thing about tahini is how many wonderful ways it can be used in recipes.
One of our favorite smoothies is made with tahini. Packed with protein (from protein powder and hemp seeds) as well as healthy fats (hemp, flax, tahini) it provides lasting satisfaction throughout the morning. If you know you are not a sesame seed fan, go ahead and substitute almond butter, cashew butter, or natural peanut butter. Play around with ingredients as you like. More smoothie starter ideas here: tackling-your-smoothie-fears.
1 scoop protein powder, plain or approved vanilla flavor*
1 heaping tablespoon tahini (or natural almond or cashew butter)
1 tabelspoon hemp seeds (optional)
1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
1 small-medium ripe banana, frozen
1 teaspon cinnamon
1 teaspoon fresh or powdered ginger
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon maca powder (optional, read more about maca HERE)
Unsweetened almond milk or water (start with 1 cup)
4-5 ice cubes (or a mix of ice cubes and coconut cubes, which can be made by pouring coconut milk into ice cube trays)
Addition of splash of coffee or a teaspoon of coffee substitute Dandy Blend gives coffee flavor
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Add more water or almond milk if you need more liquid
* For protein powder: Plant fusion, Sun Warrior, Garden of Life, Genuine Health, Grass fed whey protein all good brands.
Tahini Bliss Balls
1/2 cup of rolled oats
1/2 cup of walnuts
1/2 cup of tahini
1/2 cup finely shredded coconut, unsweetened
2-3 tablespoons raw honey
Place oats and walnuts in a food processor and pulse until finely ground. Place in a bowl and mix in tahini, coconut and honey until well combined. Roll the mixture with your hands into small balls. Place the balls on a plate and refrigerate until hard. Keep in the fridge. Snack on 1-2 between meals for an energizing treat.