Adaptogens such as Reishi (also known as ‘lingzhi’), He Shou Wu and Ashwagandha have been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for centuries.
Adaptogenic herbs are known for their hormone balancing abilities, with He Shou Wu reported to support fertility. By reducing cortisol levels, adaptogens are able to assist the body in dealing with stress. Too much cortisol can lead to weight gain, muscle loss, and high blood pressure and blood sugar.
This recipe is a great way to incorporate the many benefits of adaptogens in a great tasting and quick-to-make snack. As a bonus, they offer a satisfying, healthy combination of quality proteins, good fats and complex carbohydrates. Coating them in extra nourishing ingredients makes them even tastier and better for your body. They make the perfect post-workout or any-time treat that are also packed with skin-loving ingredients. We're currently plating them as a healthy, festive snack for guests (particularly if anyone is vegan) over the holiday season!
To take advantage of a variety of adaptogens we created this recipe using our current product favourite - Sun Potion’s Yin Powder. This adaptogenic blend of herbs on the yin end of the spectrum exude spirit, feminine, cooling and calming properties, in opposition to the physical, masculine, warm, earthy and energising herbs on the yang end.
These energy balls take less than an hour total to complete! Creating them yourself means you know exactly what goes in them, so you can tailor them to your tastes, and needs.
Best of all, this recipe is gluten free and dairy free.
Prep time: 45 minutes | Makes: 20 balls
Optional Toppings: crushed freeze-dried raspberries, toasted desiccated coconut, crushed almonds or pistachios, dark chocolate, cacao powder.
We'd love to hear how you went with this recipe!
Resident GSB nutritional expert, Alice Fotheringham, is a registered nutritional practitioner and chef, specialising in working with young children and women’s hormone health. Based in London & Hong Kong, Alice has a successful clinical practice as well as running aromatherapy candle & beauty workshops.