Would it be a surprise to you if I say that our food decisions are evolving? At certain points of my life, I have become strict- often having “good food” and “bad food”. I followed strictly to my meal plans, and had great success in achieving several goals. In the process, I discover that there is no such thing as good or bad food- it is food that your body can manage and feel good in.
Most people I know, would not say “I feel bad eating real food”. While I do have a bite of non-gluten, non-paleo and sugar filled, wheat filled desserts or meals here and there, I eat there being informed that they are for taste and enjoyment. Not health reasons. I still cringe when people think I’m restrictive or “am forever on a diet”. Is health diet a good enough reason?
The other day, we went out for dinner. It was relaxing, I had a glass of sparkling and ate mostly the meat and vegetables. I had a few bites of a wonderful tasting goats cheese ball (deep fried of course and Asher finished MINE!), and perhaps one of the crispy cracker that went with the guacamole. Perhaps it was my body not being used to gluten, or there was something there that I reacted to- but boy for nearly a week did my gut suffered 🙁 While it was not as bad as previously, I was feeling sluggish, together with feelings of bloated, with odd hunger but with no appetite. It seriously reminded me of my IBS days, but in a milder form.
That totally reminded me of why we eat the way we do. I do not regret that dinner, it was a happy occasion and the food tasted wonderful. It did however, remind me that no one else need to judge about my health but me.
Did I ever mention that I like raw desserts? Oh yes. Must be a million times. This simple Matcha Goji Slice is very low in sugar, gluten free, paleo friendly, high in anti oxidants and tastes like home. Note to self- investing in good quality matcha is a must. I suspect that poorer quality oxidises even quicker.
- 1 cup of almonds
- 1/2 cup pepitas
- 1/4 cup goji berries
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 medjool date pitted and soaked in warm water
- Optional: 2 tbsp black sesame powder
- Matcha Layer
- 3/4 cup cashews soaked
- 3 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 cup almond milk
- 2 tsp of matcha powder
- 1.5 medjool date soaked and pitted (you can add 2 or stick to 1 if you like, my son wanted one, and I only gave him half. He appeared satisfied and I didn't know what to do with it, so I added it into the mixture)
- Line 9 inch tray.
- Base: Blitz all in food processor till it comes together. Add splashes of water slowly and if needed.
- Place in freezer.
- Matcha Layer- Blitz all till it becomes smooth and creamy. Scrapping it down a few times. I have a kenwood and it does take 10 minutes or so. Will be quicker if you have a high speed blender or themomix.
- The base makes a good bliss ball too with the black sesame powder or matcha powder.