Updated: Jan 7, 2019
Chocolate is the only ingredient that is its very own food group.
Well not really - but it should be.
Powerfully comforting, creamy, delicious - many people eat chocolate at least several times a week. Including me......
Which begs the question…
Is Chocolate Good for You?
The answer is both yes and no.
Chocolate has been used for centuries to treat bronchitis, sexual malaise, fatigue, hangovers, anemia, depression, memory loss, high blood pressure, poor eyesight, and more. It also helps release that feel-good neurotransmitter - serotonin - in the brain.
But eat the wrong kind and you’ll get loads of sugar, calories, and junky ingredients.
How to eat it responsibly:
Chocolate begins life as raw cacao (pronounced kah-kow) beans. Loaded with antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and plant phenols, cacao is a powerful super food. The more processed cacao becomes, however - think commercially produced chocolate bars - the fewer healthy components remain.
So how to get the most out of your chocolate fix?
1. Don’t be afraid of the dark. The darker the chocolate, the more beneficial cacao it contains.
2. Know your percentages: the number on dark chocolate packaging refers to the percentage of cacao bean in chocolate. For maximum health benefits, look for dark chocolate that has 75% to 85% cacao.
3. Go raw—or as unprocessed as possible.
Looking for more fun ways to enjoy your favourite food? You’ll love this dark chocolate treat. Invite some friends over and make a batch!
Raw Chocolate Truffles
Prep time: 20 minutes Makes 25 truffles
1 cup raw cacao powder 1 cup cashews or macadamia nuts ½ cup maple syrup Water (to mix)
Roll-in ingredients: shredded coconut, chopped nuts, chocolate nibs, raw sugar, cacao powder, ginger, or something else you love
Mix cashews in a food processor until a powder, adding enough water to create a thick paste. Add maple syrup to cashews and pulse to process.Add cacao powder. Pulse to process.Refrigerate for four hours or overnight for best results.Form teaspoon-sized balls of dough. Coat balls in your chosen roll-in ingredients!
Gone are the days where I feel guilty about eating chocolate, craving chocolate, dreaming of chocolate.... you get the drift. I try to have something in the house like the above truffles, bliss balls with cacao or something similar for when those cravings hit. The last thing I want is to be unprepared and therefore make a decision I'll regret later! If you need help with your sugar cravings and would like to learn more about how we can deconstruct them and get you into an easier mindset around sugar and chocolate please get in touch, I'd be thrilled to help you!
Let's leave the guilt behind, and find ways to have our cake and eat it too!