Is one of your goals to get leaner, work out, or get healthier this year? One of mine is to eat more healing foods that nourish my body and system after a few years of being sicker than normal. One of the reasons I am incorporating moringa into my diet is because I am anemic. A common problem, especially in young women, anemia is a decrease in red blood cells. Usually, an iron supplement can help this out.
I first discovered moringa when I was 23 and was getting trained in water and sanitation. I learned that this tree produced such interesting and potent seeds that can be used to help extremely turbid water coagulate. Here's a common scenario: a person is using water from a stream and they normally just run it through a filter. However, it's rained a lot the last few days and so their water becomes extremely cloudy, riddled with all kinds of dust and debris. Before he or she can pass it through their normal filtration, something else is needed. A few moringa seeds ground up and left in this water for a bit will actually seperate the debris from the water. Dubbed "The Miracle Tree," the moringa tree can literally be used from root to leaf for healing and helping.
After a few years on the field, my husband and Konbit Haiti co-founder wanted to expand on how we used the tree. We started growing them in our above-ground grow beds and began partnering with a local grower. This grower had been searching for a job so he wouldn't have to give his child up for adoption, a common issue in Haiti (and around the world), so this job was a perfect solution for him.
Our moringa business was created in partnership with this man and has now expanded to include a few farming co-ops, and employs 3 people in the community.
So, that's the history of my relationship with moringa. But, why should you use it? Here are some fast facts for you:
it really is a superfood. While this is a trend in language these days, you really won't find another food with the impressive resume like moringa oleifera.
Over the next few weeks, we'll be sharing how we use moringa powder in our daily lives. Today, we are sharing a recipe that comes from our friends over at Wholly Mother Blog. They have made a delicious, nutritional chocolate moringa ball that is so yummy! Everyone will love it!
For the balls:
2 tsp moringa powder 1/2 cup soaked raw cashews 1 1/2 cup coconut flakes (desiccated coconut also works well) 6 tbsp ground raw pumpkin seeds 2 tbsp pure maple syrup or honey 4 tbsp coconut oil I didn’t measure exactly but these are my best guesses for each ingredient. You want the consistency to be dry enough to roll into balls but wet enough to stick together For the chocolate coating: 6 tbsp cacao powder 6 tbsp coconut oil (liquified) 2 tsp pure maple syrup (optional)
Mix all the ingredients for the balls together in a blender or food processor. Roll into balls (I made about 20). Roll balls around in chocolate coating and place on a tray covered with parchment paper. Add additional toppings (optional) and freeze for about an hour. These can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer.
I drizzled with almond butter and sprinkled with cacao nibs before freezing. You could add other toppings like hemp seeds, coconut flakes, pumpkin seeds on top as well. .
Did you make these? They are super easy, delicious, and filling! Tag us and @wholly_mother if you end up making these yummies!