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Plant polyphenols are your secret weapon against cellular oxidation and aging. They protect your cells from damage and that means increased health and well-being, more energy and beautiful skin for you. I love discovering new ways to get them into my family’s diet on a daily basis, and even though the word “polyphenol” conjures up images of complex recipes in the kitchen, trust me that it really is easy! Snack foods are notorious for containing processed ingredients (such as low-quality oils and refined sugars) are no match for this hearty snack, perfect for after school or at work. The polyphenol-rich flax seeds, prunes, cardamom, cinnamon and orange zest add subtle flavor and powerful health benefits. If you want an added beauty boost, add 2 teaspoons of collagen for extra protein (and beautiful, glowing skin too!)

Collagen Macadamia Snack Bites
Makes about 15 1 1/2-inch round bites

1 cup raw macadamia nuts
1 cup almond flour
2 tablespoons ground flax seeds*
1/2 cup coconut flakes
3/4 cup chopped prunes**
1 1/2 teaspoons cardamom
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons coconut oil
Zest of one orange
Pinch of sea salt
2 teaspoons of collagen (http://naomi.click/co)
Add the macadamia nuts to a food processor and process until pieces are small and uniform, but still chunky, about 30 seconds. Add the remaining ingredients and process until smooth, about 30 seconds.

Form into palm-sized round balls, about 1 1/2-inches each. Store in the refrigerator. Can be eaten cold or at room temperature.

*Purchase flax seeds whole and grind fresh in a blender to preserve the omega-3 fatty acids.
**If a sweeter snack is desired, increase to 1 cup chopped prunes

Naomi Whittel

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