As we continue to learn more about Raw Food, Cristina likes to remind us Raw food doesn’t need to be just vegetables and fruit. Have fun with it and find replacements for the exact type of food you might be looking to replace the most – SWEETS! Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween and a variety of other holidays can often be challenging when trying to stick to a healthy lifestyle. The temptations and treats are at a high and it can be hard to pass up all of those treats that co-workers bring into the office or the kids bring home from school. What we’ve learned can help the most is to have an alternative on hand. And while keeping sweets should be kept to a minimum, chocolates like the ones we are highlighting below can help give you and your family a healthy alternative to use in moderation and when those strongest temptations are knocking on the door. In fact, we’ve found that when keeping snacks and treats like the ones below are available our kids are very willing to give up the processed packaged type we most want them to avoid! Here is a great recipe to try and some fun new ingredients you can easily find and keep on stock at home!
Health and Blessings, Elaine
Raw food doesn’t need to be just vegetables, you can have fun with it. Raw Foods are LIVING FOODS! A raw foods diet is made up of fresh, whole, living, plant-based foods: fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, nuts, and seeds, which are consumed in their natural state full of enzymes, nutrients, antioxidants and minerals. Eating raw foods allows your body to cleanse, release buried toxins and drop stubborn weight. This all pays a powerful role in allowing nature’s healing properties to take charge. A raw food diet will detox the body as well as the mind in turn free use from harmful habits by allowing us to set up new and positive behaviors. Here are some notes on two of the ingredients used in this recipe.
Raw Cacao – Raw Cacao is answer for the natural sweet tooth. Cacao is packed full of iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium and potassium. Raw means it is in its unprocessed state filled with beneficial nutrients. Cacao is the highest whole food source of magnesium, which also happens to be the most deficient mineral in the diet of modern cultures. Magnesium relaxes muscles, improves bowel movements and relaxes the heart. The dark chocolate antioxidants have been clinically proven to dissolve plaque built up in the arteries.
Raw Agave – Comparing agave nectar and sugar, Raw Agave is much lower on the glycemic index, which measures how much sugar in a food or drink interact with blood sugar in the body. Raw Agave is also known boosting the immune system and help increase energy levels.
Miniature Raw Chocolate Truffle Recipe
4 Tablespoons soft Coconut Butter/Manna
2 Tablespoons pure Raw Agave
4 Tablespoons fine Coconut Flour
2 Tablespoons Raw Cacao Powder
1 ½ Tablespoons of Crushed Pecans (you crush whole pecans or any nut with a mortar)
1/8 Teaspoon vanilla
Pinch of Sea salt
- In a glass bowl mix coconut butter, agave, vanilla, and salt. Stir mixture well.
- Fold in cacao powder, coconut flour and crushed pecans with your hands.
- Form in to small dime size round balls and set aside.
Liquid Raw Chocolate Dip:
4 Tablespoons Pure Raw Agave Nectar
1 cup Cacao Butter
7 Tablespoons Raw Cacao Powder
¼ Cup of Crushed Cacoa Nibs
Pinch of White Sea Salt
- Crush Cacao butter with mortar and place in a Bain Maire or double boiler on the stove on low heat until cacao butter becomes liquid.
- Stir in cacao powder, agave nectar and salt and continue to stir.
- Remove the stove and place truffle balls in liquid chocolate.
- Quickly and delicately turn the balls in the liquid until surface is coated evenly.
- Have a clean plate ready. Place coated truffle in cacao nibs and set on clean plate.
- Continue until each ball is coated in chocolate dip and cacao nibs. To set: place truffles in fridge for ten minutes.
OH – and with the leftover chocolate, cut up some of your favorite fruit, dip in the chocolate, and freeze!!
“When you eat clean, it calms your stomach. When you calm your stomach, you quiet your mind, and when you have a quiet mind, you can listen to your heart – and your heart speaks the TRUTH.” -Cristina