Health Chocolate

 

Health Chocolate

This recipe is pure delight. Tastes like melted chocolate bars, in reality it’s a superfood elixir.

Most hot chocolate mixes you buy in your local supermarket are filled with chemicals and harmful ingredients. For quite some time I ruled out hot chocolate believing that it could not be a part of my nutrition plan, that is until I came up with this recipe.

Raw cocoa is a powerful antioxidant and also contains B and E vitamins, iron, zinc, copper, calcium and magnesium. As you can see, in the table below, raw cocoa has about  40x the amount of antioxidants as blueberries. As with all things, moderation is key, but you should feel great about enjoying this elixir once in a while!

ORAC scores for the Top 10 Antioxidants Foods (per 100 grams)

1) Raw cocoa powder* 95,500

2) Raw cacao nibs* 62,100

3) Roasted cocoa powder 26,000

4) Organic Goji Berries* 25,300

5) Acai Berries* 18,500

6) Dark Chocolate 13,120

7) Milk Chocolate 6,740

8) Prunes 5,770

9) Raisins 2,830

10) Blueberries 2,400

Source: US department of Agriculture/Journal of American Chemical Society

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/022610_cacao_chocolate_raw.html#ixzz2Ijgw5TiY

THE RECIPE

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  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 heaping tbs of raw cocoa
  • 1 tsp maca powder (optional)
  • 1-2 tsp coconut flour (depending on desired thickness)
  • sprinkle of salt
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (alcohol free)
  • stevia to taste (you may also use dates or honey to sweeten)

Place all ingredients into a pot over low heat and whisk to combine.  Bring mixture to a boil stirring continually. (serves 1)

ENJOY!

XOXO- the reverent lion

Mango Coconut Ice Cream

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I love mangos.The best mangos I have ever eaten were in India.  You buy them from a fruit vendor and they are warm from siting in the hot sun.  You then go about squishing the whole mango until it feels much like a water balloon and you break a small hole in the top and drink the mango like a delightful sticky sweet mess.  SO GOOD.  In india they also make a fabulous mango and yogurt drink called mango lassi.  I found myself craving mango lassi, so I came up with this recipe for a vegan mango coconut ice cream.

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Before we get to the good stuff, I also wanted to provide you a bit of information about the nutritional benefits of mangos. Mangos are a great source of vitamins A,C,K and vitamin B6  and also contain potassium. There are also recent studies showing that they prevent cancer, relieve stress, and help to reduce body fat! (see sources below) — OK now back to the good stuff —

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe mangos chopped (you may use frozen if desired)
  • 1/4 cup filtered water
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 Tbs raw sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups of coconut milk
  • 1 cup chopped pineapple (optional)

1. Place your water, lemon juice, cinnamon, and raw sugar in a pan over medium heat and bring to a boil.

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2. Lower heat, and simmer for 10 minutes. Take off of the heat and set aside to cool.

3. Once the mango mixture has cooled a bit (10-15 mins) pour the mixture into the blender and add the coconut milk.

4. Blend until smooth. Add the pineapple and pulse 2-3 times (this will give you pineapple chunks in your ice cream)

5. Taste the mixture to make sure it is to your liking! (Not sweet enough? Add a touch of raw sugar or stevia and pulse again.)

6. Place the mixture in the refrigerator for one hour to set.

7. Place the mixture into your ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer’s directions.

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8. ENJOY

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Mango Benefit Sources: http://humansciences.okstate.edu/nsci/index.php/component/content/article/1-latest/56-nsci-research-finds-health-benefits-in-mangos; http://www.thebatt.com/2.8485/texas-a-m-researchers-discover-mango-health-benefits-1.1283355