Health Tips


Coconut quinoa balls

Whip up these super tasty treats in a jiffy; these delectable snacks are not only healthy and low fat, they are seriously yum, too.


Ingredients (makes 12-15 balls)

2 cups quinoa oat flakes or Forage porridge (gluten free options), or rolled oats
1 cup pitted dates, roughly chopped
½ cup shredded coconut
½ cup sultanas
½ cup almonds
2 tbsp organic peanut butter
1 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp water
1 tsp vanilla extract


Put all ingredients apart from the water into a food processor and blend until it has the consistency of breadcrumbs. Add the water and continue to process until it becomes sticky enough to roll into balls.

Use a tablespoon to measure the mixture and roll into firm balls. Roll in desiccated coconut and store in an airtight container in the fridge.


Note: You’ll need to make sure the peanut butter is a good quality, pesticide-free kind. If your guests are anaphylactic and cannot consume peanuts, you may like to use a different type of nut butter or cold-pressed organic coconut oil instead.

This is an edited extract from Andi Lew's Eat Fat, Be Thin: sugar free, dairy free, wheat free recipes, $12.95 (e-book) and $24.95 (hard copy),

Banana Coconut Chia Pudding

The chia seeds in this decadent dessert deliver impressive amounts of calcium, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids.

2 cups skim milk
4 tablespoons whole chia seeds
1 medium banana, mashed
1⁄2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon light agave syrup
Pinch of cinnamon
Berries, for garnish
Mint leaves, for garnish


Nutrition Facts
SERVES 4. Per serving (not including berries and mint): 185 calories, 9.7 g fat (6.4 g saturated fat), 6.8 g protein, 22.6 g carbohydrates, 5.2 g fiber, 68 mg sodium.

1. Place milk and chia seeds in a saucepan over medium heat and bring to a low simmer, stirring occasionally with a whisk.
2. When the mixture begins to thicken, whisk in remaining ingredients (except garnish) and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Divide mixture into 4 small serving dishes and cool in refrigerator until firm, at least 1 hour.
4. Garnish with berries and mint leaves and serve.

Photography by: Nicolai Grosell

From Natural Health Magazine