Chocolate Stress Balls

The method for making these stress busting balls is simple but the science behind their anxiety reducing powers is not. The nervous system is complex but many studies have supported the effectiveness of nutrients in feeding our nerve cells and supporting the circuits that are responsible for producing feelings of stress and anxiety.

Studies show that magnesium and B Vitamins are among some of the nutrients that support the nervous system and brain. B vitamins play a variety of roles in keeping the nervous system happy. They are nutrient calmers, supporting our nerves and cells. Magnesium has been directly linked to the reduction of anxiety in a number of studies (some are listed at the bottom).

Eating foods high in these nutrients will help you to manage stress and anxiety in day to day life better.  

If you are anxious or stressed what better way to feed your body than to combine foods containing these two nutrients into a creamy cacao chocolate ball.

All you need is the ingredients and a blender.

60g Raw cacao powder - One of the richest sources of magnesium.

25g Pumpkin seeds - B complex powerhouse containing thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6 and folates. 

50g Brazil nuts - Great source of B vitamins and magnesium.

125g Dates -  Contains magnesium plus thiamin, riboflavin, niacin and folate.

50g Peanuts - A mighty amount of B vitamins and magnesium.

 A tablespoon of coconut oil or water as the mixture will be too dry to roll. 

Blend everything together and rill into balls. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Studies:

 http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00048670802534408

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0028390811003054

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1185/030079903125002603

 

 

 

 

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