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Mahina Maven Chronicles: Bringing Nettle Into The Kitchen

May 10, 2014
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In follow up to our first post by the Mahina Maven, we are proud to bring you this nettle recipe developed by Thrive’s nutritionist, Tessa Mancini Gillen, B.S. Biology, CNC, Herbalist. Let us know what you think of the recipe in our comment section, and be sure to sign-up for one of Tessa’s classes on nutrition for pregnancy and postpartum time, breastfeeding and menopause. You can email me for a complete schedule at kelly@thrivebirth.com.

Happy Birthing!~ Kelly Gray, Director of the Wisdom and Movement Center 


nettle bliss bites

Bringing Nettle Into The Kitchen

Food is a source of pleasure, a mesh of aromatic explosions, tantalizing textures, and flavor sensations that dance together. But food is also fuel. With every bite, you make the choice to fuel your body with high-octane foods that will make you feel better, smile wider, and sleep deeper or with foods that will deplete your energy and vitality. Instead of focusing on what we shouldn’t drink, shouldn’t eat, shouldn’t do, lets focus on what we can do that will make a difference in our health. We can create rich, decadent, soul satisfying foods that nourish every cell in the body. So, where do we start? Well, in the kitchen of course, but instead of reaching for the familiar rosemary, basil, garlic, thyme, hey, maybe even turmeric, I challenge you to try something new. A good place to start is with the lesser known nettle plant.

Nettle is a mini vitamin factory that provides brain boosting benefits, is loaded with iron, gives you a surge of serotonin, and has natural anti-allergenic qualities. It contains more protein than any other plant found in temperate regions. This stinging sensation is a very valuable asset in the kitchen. While many of us may be familiar with nettle tea, or its use as a tincture, nettle is an amazingly versatile plant that can be regularly incorporated into your diet. The possibilities are endless. Toss it in a soup, throw it in a processor for your morning super smoothie, blend the leaves into a divine pesto, whip them into a savory tapenade, or simply roll up some nourishing Nettle Bliss Bites. These are super easy to make, and are great for anyone desiring improved health. Go ahead, fuel up and bliss out!

Nettle Bliss Bites

Ingredients:

  • ¾-1 cup dried Nettle
  • 4 ½ tablespoons Flax Seed
  • 2 tablespoons Chia Seeds
  • 1 Jar of SunButter (This is a butter made out of sunflower seeds. You can substitute Almond Butter, Cashew Butter, or any other nut butter desired.)
  • ½ cup raw honey (local honey can provide seasonal allergy relief)
  • 1 cup Coconut Butter
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup shredded Coconut
  • 1 Vanilla Bean- scrape out the powder from inside the bean.
  • Dark Chocolate Chips, Cacao, Cinnamon, Shredded Coconut, Goji Berries, or other additions.

Directions:

  • Powder the Nettles & Flax Seeds in a spice/coffee grinder.
  • Transfer the powdered mixture to a food processor and add all other ingredients..
  • Split the dough into 2 parts.
  • Add 1 Cup Cacao nibs, or dark chocolate chips, and mix until evenly distributed.
  • Set both mixtures in the fridge for approximately 20 minutes.
  • Take mixtures out and roll the dough into balls. Use 1Tablespoon of dough per ball.
  • For the mixture without the cacao/chocolate, roll the balls in a plate of shredded coconut, chopped up goji berries, or a sweet & savory spice mix of your choice.
  • Keep refrigerated. Enjoy!!
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