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456 Fudge!


I don’t like the taste of maca. I know it’s good for me, but I don’t like how it tastes. However, I do like mahjong balls, but minus the naughty ingredient! These 456 fudge! balls are rich in maca but so incredibly delicious, you’re going to have to exercise incredible restraint not to demolish half of them before they hit the fridge. Hence the name:

4 tablespoons of maca powder.

5 tablespoons of raw tahini.

6 balls left out of the dozen you make…

“What’s maca?!” I hear you say. Well, it’s an ancient superfood from Peru, a powdered root, that’s especially good for women, as it balances hormones. It also increases fertility and aids stamina in every way, but without the buzz of caffeine.

As dates are also great for stamina, with their high percentage of complex sugars, and tahini is great for the reproductive system, and hair and nails due to its wonderful oils… well, 456 Fudge! is fabulously suited to every woman on the go. Just grab a ball or two on your way out the door, and you’ll enjoy your daily serving of maca while replenishing your hair and nails. Not to mention smiling a little more as they’re so delicious!

They’re also incredibly quick and simple to make, and like many of my favorite recipes, only include a few ingredients.

Five minutes prep, from start to finish. Eliminate power bars from your shopping cart forever!

456 Fudge!


Take 12 medjool dates and slice them open. Extract the pits and discard. Using a large knife, mince the dates coarsely on a chopping board and transfer to a bowl.

Add the maca and tahini, then lose all hopes of using any implements to combine this sticky bliss…

Simply squish into a paste, then roll into 12 balls of 1″ in diameter.

Refrigerate, and they’re ready. If possible, eat one per day, as they’re very rich!



Hi Ysanne,

Thanks so much for all of the information that you share.   I have a question about your list of Top 10 Fruits to buy organic.  When you list nectarines, would those be the same as clementines?

Thanks for your help!
Tonja :)


Ysanne’s reply:

Dear Tonja,

Thank you so much, it makes me so happy that you’re enjoying my website!

And here’s a photo of a nectarine. It’s exactly the same as a peach, but without the fuzzy skin.

Super yummy, and perfect when it’s in season, which is during the warmest months of summer and fall.


Ysanne xx


Tonja’s reply:

Yes, of course!  Thanks so much Ysanne.  I do know what nectarines are… I think I started to panic as we have been eating so many clementines, and there are tangerines and mandarins, and I somehow put nectarines on that list :) !

Thanks so much for your speedy response and for sharing your knowledge with so many people.  You are doing wonderful work.



Planning for Spring



If you’re pretty much anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s challenging for you to imagine Spring right now. Snow has laid her blanket of silence over a frozen soil, and January’s darkness seems relentless, the days imperceptibly longer.

But as sure as the sun makes daylight, the days are getting longer, and one day a few months from now, you’re going to be delighted you had the foresight to buy summer seeds right now, ready to plant your spring garden.

Start slow-growing summer vegetables in your kitchen as soon as the end of January, even in the coldest parts of the US. That’s eggplants, celery, peppers and tomatoes.

Choose something exciting to grow, unusual varieties with the greatest flavors and the highest nutrient profiles.

Go for the tiniest, darkest cherry tomatoes, because they’re the sweetest, and have the most complex flavors, as well as the highest amounts of phytonutrients. Or go big and luscious for slicing in a summer salad. A variety called Pineapple never fails to please, and well, there are just so many amazing tomatoes to choose from. Something ideal for every climate zone.

Choose luscious eggplant varieties like Syrian or Japanese varieties, or eggplants bred to suit your local climate, like the New York Compact Eggplant, which produces perfectly in New York’s climate, and gives the maximum amount of fruit per plant. Alternatively try a variety called Little Sailor, simply because it’s stripey and adorably cute!

Celery is celery, right? Well not any more, now even celery is available in a myriad of exciting varieties, including my new personal favorite, Redventure, which has all of the nutrients of regular white celery, plus the anti-inflammatory nutrients that come in the package with anything red, from blueberries to red wine.

And then there are peppers. It’s time to order your chile peppers, sweet peppers, pasillas, anchos, and pretty much every kind of pepper you can think of! I plan to start getting mine potted the weekend of January 25th and 26th.

Personally, I love using a method called soil blocking, which is akin to making mud pies. There’s no pot, just a firm enough soil mixture that I can form it into blocks, but still soft enough for the tiny seedling roots to effortlessly penetrate it.

But really, it’s probably best to get them started in any pots you may have to hand for now, and then consider repotting the seedlings into bigger and bigger pots over the coming weeks until the ground is warm enough to plant them in the ground.

Happy January!

xx Ysanne

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