Guest Post: Healthful Pursuit’s Raw Mojito Drops

May 23, 2011

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Hey What Runs Lori readers! I’m Leanne and I blog over at Healthful Pursuit. I’m a Holistic Nutritionist with a passion for healthy treats, whole food eats, and balanced living.

I wasn’t always into the healthy treats and whole food eats. My favorite foods were red licorice, potato chips, anything takeout, jujubes and beer. Wait, what? Beer isn’t a food?

It wasn’t until I met with a local Nutritionist, that I realized the damage my food choices were making to my health. 3 months later, I found myself in a classroom learning about the impacts that an unbalanced diet can have on our health.

Sitting and listening to a professor talk about all the carcinogens we’re subjected to on a daily basis shook me up to say the least. I like to say I was scared into adapting a clean and balanced life.

I promise I wont scare you… today [I kid, I kid].

Nutritious and Delicious Apple Fiber Bars

Packing your lunch

One of the first steps I took in creating a balanced diet, was to start to pack lunches for myself. I’m sure many of you have this preconceived notion that lunch packing is dreadfully boring, takes up too much time, and well, just sucks.

But I promise you, it doesn’t. In fact, packing your own lunch:

  • keeps you on track with your health goals
  • gets you excited about food
  • saves money!
  • helps to maintain a steady dose of energy throughout the day [the more little snacks you have, the better your energy]
  • makes people jealous at the office. hehe
  • gets you motivated to take care of your health

To make sure we only spend 10 minutes in the evening prepping our lunches for the following day, we could:

  • cook a couple of cups of rice, quinoa, or millet on the weekend for quick grain consumption
  • pre-cut veggie sticks and place in a ziploc in the fridge
  • make a large casserole that can be divided up between you 5 weekday lunches
  • have plenty of lettuce and homemade salad dressing on hand
  • whip up a batch of hummus on the weekend
  • make larger dinners and bring the leftovers with us to work the next day

For me personally, I like preparing everything on the weekend.

Holy Guacamole Cream Pasta

To keep on track with my health goals, as well as make sure that my lunch has a bit of everything and is easier to whip together, I follow this “lunch outline”:

After workout snack: grain + fat + fruit

  • homemade granola, chia seeds, strawberries, almond milk
  • overnight oats
  • buckwheat bake + nut butter
  • 5 minute quinoa flake bake

Snack: vegetable + protein

  • hard boiled egg mashed with mustard and used as a dip with fresh veggies
  • hummus and veggies

Lunch: vegetable + protein + grain

  • stir fry with animal protein and loads of veggies
  • luscious bowl
  • salad with homemade dressing + precooked grains + tofu
  • bean salad, precooked grains + cucumber

Snack: fruit + fat

  • homemade trail mix
  • LARABARs
  • Date balls aka “drops” [like the recipe below]
  • Apple + almond butter

5 minute Strawberry Quinoa Flake Bake

The less stress we can have around packing our lunches, the more excited we’ll be about trying new things.

Best new thing I’ve tried lately are these Mojito Drops. They have all the minty, limey taste, are quite the party, but don’t come with a hangover!

In my previous life I would have opted for the vodka drenched mojito, but you know, these drops are pretty darn tasty!

Raw Cashew Lemon Drops

Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy free, Sugar free, Yeast free

These fruit and nut balls make for a perfect [simple] sunny afternoon snack.

  • 10 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup almond
  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • 8 mint leaves
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • zest of one lime

In a food processor, chop almonds until theyโ€™re the size of the eraser end of a pencil. Remove from food processor bowl and set aside.

Place remaining ingredients in the food processor and combine until dates are fully mashed [you’ll know when it’s ready when the dates clump together in one large ball] Add almonds back in and pulse quickly, just until incorporated.

Grab a scoop at a time [about a tablespoon size or a bit bigger] and roll into balls. Place completed balls on a freezer safe plate. Repeat with remaining dough. Place balls in the freezer for 5-10 minutes, remove and enjoy!

I like to keep them in the freezer for quick access. I prefer them cold, but theyโ€™re just as tasty at room temperature and will hold their form well.

Makes 8 drops.

All in all, this recipe took me 10 minutes from start to finish, including cleaning up the kitchen afterward. Best part? I had these to pack in my lunch all week long!

Do you pack your own lunches?

What’s your favorite go to lunch item?

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

steph September 21, 2011 at 7:08 PM

why do your raw cashew lemon drops have neither cashew or lemon?

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Holistic Nutritionist August 23, 2011 at 12:21 PM

I did try this recipe with my daughter and she loved it

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Michelle {the lively kitchen} May 24, 2011 at 5:54 AM

I am SO excited about that recipe – I have been on this lime+mint in my water kick (I call it my mojito-esque water) and never thought to carry that combo over to date balls. These will be made this very week in my kitchen!

Great post!

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Kristina @ spabettie May 23, 2011 at 7:32 PM

YUUUUM lemon drops! these look awesome.

I LOVE this whole post – I do many of these things already, but others are a good reminder. Leanne is awesome!

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chrysta May 23, 2011 at 5:24 PM

awesome post! I will have to check your site out…I usually just pack a bunch of stuff for lunch. I like to graze..so it might be a salad, protein pancakes, some yogurt with fiber cereal, veggies, fruit…something along those lines. I love those mojito drops! yum-o!

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McKayla @ Green Groats May 23, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Love your post! Awesome tips. I ususally pack salads or cottage cheese and fruit for lunch!

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Pure2raw twins May 23, 2011 at 4:19 PM

I do not really pack lunches anymore since I work from home, but I sometimes kind of miss that ritual

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Kristen (swanky dietitian) May 23, 2011 at 12:41 PM

Great guest post!
I pack my lunch pretty much every day! Sometimes it can be hard to be creative. I always do fruits and veggies for snacks throughout the day and with my lunch.
I love making wraps, salads, or leftovers. Yum!

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Monique May 23, 2011 at 11:56 AM

You’re telling me there’s something better than mojitos?!??! I HAVE to try them now ๐Ÿ™‚

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Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie) May 23, 2011 at 9:55 AM

Love the balls, they look delicious!! I love reading Leanne’s blog, she is one talented cook! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Ela May 23, 2011 at 8:07 AM

Awesome! Thanks Lori for featuring Leanne–I love your energy and attitude, Leanne, and will enjoy browsing your blog.

I pretty much always take my own food. Easier, even if it’s a bit of work, and almost always tastes better.

Love your description of the almonds ground to the size of a pencil eraser!

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Sable@SquatLikeALady May 23, 2011 at 7:20 AM

I pack all my snacks/mini meals. I am actually starting intermittent fasting this week — today — so I have significantly less to pack but still, even when I was eating a traditional bodybuilding diet of 6 small meals per day, it never took me particularly long to prep my food. Plus — just think of all the time that I WOULD have spent in doctor’s offices had I continued eating sugary, overly processed, unhealthy foods ๐Ÿ™‚

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Casey May 23, 2011 at 7:17 AM

Yum! I always pack my lunch. I usually go with a large salad or any veggies that travel well. I think my favorite would be romaine lettuce with black beans, tomatoes, avocado, shredded carrots and a little bit of hummus or salsa.

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Tori (Fresh Fruition) May 23, 2011 at 4:59 AM

I love packing lunches! I’m pretty much home all summer, though, so I just pack my family’s lunches for them ๐Ÿ™‚

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kalli May 23, 2011 at 4:03 AM

oh these balls look delicious! i have a version on my blog that are just raw pecans and medjools and they are the best!

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