This week after a routine blood test I learned that I was a little low on iron…so since then we have been on operation iron boost in our household. I am so lucky to have a beautiful friend who is a homeopath just down the road who has come to the rescue on a few occasions. She text me the list of iron-boosting foods; Red meat, green leafys, almonds, dried apricots, tahini and then vitamin C rich foods to aid in the absorption of iron. She also said to avoid chocolate as it inhibits the absorption of iron. So with that list, we have enjoyed some pretty premium cuts of red meat this week combined with lots of green smoothies and for snacks, these balls!!!! They would be so great for children who are fussy with red meat and don’t eat a lot of it, children who are low in iron and anyone looking for a snack packed with various vitamins.
You will need:
1/2 Cup Dried Apricots (try for organic/sulfite free ones), soaked for 15 mins in boiling water
1/2 a fresh peach, chopped
3/4 Cup ground almonds
1/4 Cup cashews (activated if poss)
1 T tahini
3 T sunflower seeds
1 T freshly squeezed orange juice
2 T coconut thread + extra for rolling (about another 2 T)
To Make: Place apricots, peach, cashews and sunflower seeds in food processor and blitz until quite fine. Add almond meal, tahini, orange juice, sesame seeds, coconut and blend again until the mixture becomes a firm paste. Add a little extra juice if mix is too dry or some more almond meal if mix is too wet. Roll into balls in the extra coconut thread. Keep covered in fridge.
Just 4 of these balls contains as much iron as a packed cup of spinach but I suspect the former will be easier to get your kiddies to eat.
xo Aunty Lonnie.