Love does wonders for bringing out the best in all of us and making us feel better. Gestures, such as kind words, hugs, gifts, and helping others out, all feel good to send and receive. When it comes to food, the sweet taste corresponds to love. Anxiety can create feelings of insecurity and ungroundedness that the sweet taste can conquer with its nourishing, grounding, and loving qualities. Applying the sweet taste in diet can ameliorate feelings of anxiety, but bear in mind that one should eat only when hungry, rather than to fill an emotional void.

Dates are sweet, sticky, soothing, and sneha—the Sanskrit word for love!



1 1/2 cups ground sesame seeds
1/2 cup chopped dates
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1/4 cup raw cacao powder
Room temperature water


  1. Combine all ingredients except the oil in a large bowl.
  2. Stir in the oil and mix well; adding small amounts of water if necessary to bind the mixture together.
  3. Refrigerate for one hour.
  4. Roll into balls and then roll in cacao to coat.

Makes about one dozen large balls or two dozen small balls.

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