Turmeric Sesame Balls: The Ultimate Power Snack

By: Michael Lam, MD, MPH; Justin Lam, ABAAHP, FMNM

Healthy turmeric sesame ballsUnhealthy snacking habits can ruin your weight loss regime. Though you are on a diet, when hungry, it can be hard to resist readily available junk foods. The reason being is that these foods are easily accessible and taste great. But such foods are high in sodium and calories which can interfere with your diet plans. The best way to curb unhealthy binging is to prepare your healthy snacks ahead of time to enjoy them in between your meals. Turmeric sesame balls are the ultimate power snack to keep you going. Rich in proteins and healthy fats these delicious sesame balls are extremely nutritious. To match your personal taste you might consider adding choice of assorted nuts, seeds, popped grains or a touch of spices.

How Can Power Snacking Contribute To Healthier Life

Nutritious food is the key to good health. Healthy snacking habits can greatly contribute to a healthier life in the long run. Power snacks are packed with protein, fiber, minerals, vitamins, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats making them highly nutritious compared to regular snacks. They supply your body with a great boost of energy.

Rich in nutrition, power snacks is known to provide immense health benefits.

Here is why you should consider including power snacks in your diet:

  • Curbs craving
  • Improves health
  • Aids weight loss
  • Boosts memory
  • Boosts mood
  • Boosts energy level
  • Helps maintain consistent energy levels and blood sugar levels

Multiple meals and healthy snacking throughout the day helps maintain your energy level and fight fatigue. Stress from everyday life can leave you feeling fatigued however, if you frequently experience extreme fatigue along with symptoms of insomnia, brain fog, low energy levels, low concentration level, anxiety, stubborn weight gain, constipation, craving for fatty and salty food then chances are that it could be due to Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome (AFS).

Beat Adrenal Fatigue With Power Snacking

People with adrenal fatigue who experience low energy levels tend to have a weak body and find difficulty in dealing with day to day stress. The NeuroEndoMetabolic (NEM) Stress Response in your body is a complex system comprising of multiple organs and six circuits that work in unison to manage stress. When your body experiences stress, the NEM stress response signals your adrenal glands to secrete an anti-stress hormone called cortisol. However, with repeated stress, your adrenals get exhausted, reducing its cortisol secretion capacity. As a result, your body’s stress-fighting capacity gradually reduces leaving you feeling fatigued.

Nutritious diet serves as a fuel to nourish and heal your adrenals. Power snacks help to restore the energy reserves of your body. Turmeric sesame balls contain a rich blend of healthy ingredients such as turmeric, loads of sesame seeds, maple syrup, tahini, cardamom, and coconut flour. These high protein snack balls are packed with nutrition which boosts your energy levels.

Why turmeric sesame balls are healthyBoth turmeric and sesame seeds are superfoods with remarkable health benefits. They are also high in antioxidants. Turmeric is widely used in the preparation of Ayurvedic medicines due to its immense therapeutic and anti-inflammatory properties. Asian countries have been using turmeric for ages as a remedy to cure several health disorders. The remarkable healing properties of this yellow spice are due to the presence of a compound called curcumin. Curcumin has the ability to reduce depression and stress-related health issues. Sesame seeds are a powerhouse of nutrition. They are rich in proteins and healthy fats essential for healthy weight loss. Besides enhancing the flavor and texture of a dish, turmeric and sesame seeds offer profound health benefits.

Here is how power snack turmeric sesame balls make great food for your body and adrenals:

Fight Inflammation: The amazing healing spice turmeric provides relief from inflammation, chronic pain, cancer and various health problems related to inflammation. Sesame seeds are rich in copper which also helps to fight inflammation.

Detoxify The Body: Intense detoxification can be harsh in adrenal fatigue. Hence mild detox programs are recommended. Turmeric works as a great natural detoxifying agent as it is gentle on the body. Turmeric helps to cleanse the entire system and gently flush out toxins from the body. The antibacterial and antiviral property of the yellow spice kills harmful bacteria in the body and helps maintain a healthy level of good bacteria inside.

Fight Depression: Clinical studies prove that curcumin has the ability to fight depression and stress-related issues.

Boost Energy Level: Sesame seeds are loaded with protein, fiber, healthy fats and minerals that nourish the body and reduce fatigue symptoms. In adrenal fatigue diet, over 20% – 30% of fats need to come from seeds and nuts. Sesame seeds are loaded with healthy fatty oils such as oleic and linoleic acids.

Effective Weight Loss: Sesame seeds are rich in proteins and lignans which help to lose stubborn weight in adrenal fatigue. They also contain certain phytochemicals which can burn body fat.

Curb Craving: Sesame seeds are good sources of proteins; healthy fat and fiber. Taking sesame seeds keep you full and helps curb cravings.

Reduce Constipation: The presence of fiber in sesame seeds helps to reduce constipation. Also, make sure that you drink an adequate amount of water.

Making Your Own Power Snack

Turmeric sesame balls make delicious guilt-free dessert and power snack. Satisfy your sweet tooth and cravings in a healthy way. Once you make a batch of these healthy snacks they are going to stay good for over a week. Now that you have healthy snacks ready, you can easily gorge on them to satisfy those hunger pangs. These power snack sesame balls are easy to make, store and carry.

Other turmeric combinations and turmeric sesame ballsTo make delicious snack balls you need to roast the sesame seeds until lightly brown and fragrant to your preference. Add turmeric to the warm seeds after switching off heat to prevent the spice from burning but make sure sesame seeds are still warm when you are adding turmeric. This would help to cook the spice as well as remove its bitterness. You can always add other seeds such as flax seeds or sunflower seeds. Tossing in a handful of toasted nuts also tastes great besides enhancing nutrition content of the recipe. Just pulse the nuts before adding them. Use half of the sesame seeds and replace the remaining quantity with other seeds and nuts of your choice.

Combine toasted seeds with tahini and maple syrup. If you do not have tahini then you may consider replacing it with nut butter. Now add ground cardamom or flavors of your choice. Fold in coconut flour to bind all the ingredients. You can also add oats flour instead. Now shape the mixture into balls or bars. Your power snack is all ready! )

Turmeric Sesame Balls Recipe

Ingredients A

  • ½ cup sesame seeds
  • ½ tsp turmeric

Ingredients B

  • 2.5 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp tahini (room temperature)
  • ½ tsp cardamom
  • 1 pinch sea salt

Ingredient C

  • 1 tbsp coconut flour


  1. In a skillet over medium heat toast sesame seeds from Ingredients A for about 6 to 7 min until light brown. Switch off heat and add in turmeric when sesame seeds are still warm. Stir to combine.
  2. Combine the Ingredients B in a large bowl. Now stir in the toasted sesame seeds from step 1 into the bowl.
  3. Lastly, add ingredient C and combine the mixture. Place the mixture in refrigerator to chill.
  4. Remove the mixture from the refrigerator and shape into small size balls. You may also spread the mixture in a pan lined with parchment and cut them into squares or bars. Transfer turmeric sesame balls to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to a week.


Turmeric Sesame Balls are a healthy snackMinimizing stress, having rest, mild detox regime, adrenal breathing exercise, and adrenal fatigue diet along with seeking the guidance of adrenal fatigue expert can help heal your adrenals. Nutritious food nourishes your body and restores energy reserves. Highly nutritious turmeric sesame balls are loaded with proteins, antioxidants, minerals, healthy fats, fiber, and anti-inflammatory properties extremely beneficial in adrenal fatigue.

These nutritious balls make excellent power snacks. Having them in between your meals will greatly help in maintaining consistent energy levels throughout the day and prevent blood sugar fluctuations. It is important to keep in mind that excess consumption of sesame seeds can lead to irritation of the colon and stomach. Therefore, make sure you consume them in moderation. In case you are allergic to sesame seeds then consider replacing them with healthy nuts and other seeds of your choice.

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Dr. Lam’s Key Question

Turmeric and sesame seeds make an excellent blend to fight fatigue. Nutritious turmeric sesame balls can offer profound health benefits and prevent several diseases. Sesame seeds lower high blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It also helps to fight osteoporosis and colon cancer. Taking turmeric boosts immunity, provides relief from cold, stomach disorders, and skin problems.

Turmeric Sesame Balls