Microbiome Bliss Balls

Packed with prebiotic, healing and anti-inflammatory spices, these flavour-packed bliss balls make the perfect snack when trying to lose weight. A great source of long-lasting complex carbohydrates to support glycemic control, prebiotics to support healthy flora, healthy fats to boost brain power, plant protein to keep you satisfied until your next meal, fiber to keep you regular as well as an abundance of vitamins, minerals and powerful antioxidants to nourish the body.

Ingredients

½ cupbuckwheat
½ cuprolled quinoa or oats
¼ cupalmond meal
1 cupdates (pitted)
½ teaspoon
1teaspoon
turmeric
psyllium husks
1teaspooncinnamon
½ teaspoonground ginger
½ teaspooncloves
add pinchblack pepper
¼ teaspoonground cardamom
2tablespoonvanilla plant-based protein powder (optional)
4tablespoon
1teaspoon

lemon juice
vanilla essence
chia seeds, coconut or chopped freeze dried pineapple (optional, to roll)
  1. In a mixing bowl combine the dry ingredients
  2. Add wet ingredients to the dry mix and combine with a wooden spoon or with your hands till really well combined.
  3. Give the mixture a good few squeezes/kneads to make sure everything is combined as it should. Adjust for dryness if necessary.
  4. Break off pieces of the dough and form into balls around the size of a 20c piece.
  5. Store in the fridge in an air-tight container to keep them firm.

HbA1c Testing & Weight Loss

Ready to lose weight naturally? Learning how to manage your blood glucose levels is fundamental to maintaining a healthy body weight. There are two main methods of monitoring blood glucose levels: regular blood sugar tests and an HbA1c test.

An HbA1c test will usually be taken at intervals of three, six or 12 months. The result gives a good guide to how well controlled your blood glucose levels are over a period of two to three months leading up to the test. This allows you to see whether you’re on the right track or how close to being on the right track you are.

Blood glucose testing tells you what your blood sugar level is at the precise time you test. Regular testing can be very useful for analysing which factors affect your blood sugar levels and by how much.

What can we learn from an HbA1c test?

The target HbA1c value for people with type 2 diabetes is 6.5% or 48 mmol/mol.

If you get an HbA1c result at this level or below, you’re on the right track with your diabetes control.

If your HbA1c result is above this target, there is room for some improvement. You may need to incorporate a little more activity into your week, make some changes to your diet or ask your doctor to prescribe a different form of medication.

If there’s one criticism of HbA1c, it’s that it doesn’t always make it easy to work out which individual changes are the most effective for lowering your blood sugar levels or which elements of your lifestyle are having a negative influence.