Food associated with Valentine’s day is all about chocolate. And while chocaholics may go to any length to get their fix, the regular chocolate sold on the market is neither healthy nor helpful when trying to lose weight. There are many reasons for this. But thankfully, there is a healthy alternative in home made healthy desserts.
Regular chocolate is processed at high temperatures. This not only destroys the healthy enzymes that make chocolate so healthy, it also creates the chemical acrylamide. Acrylamide is a relatively newly discovered chemical, so there is little known about it. But many people believe it to be toxic. And when antioxidants are added to those foods which contain this chemical, the levels drop dramatically, which tend to confirm this idea.
Most commercial chocolate also contains more sugar than chocolate. In an effort to eat healthy food, as well as to drop some pounds, consuming sugar is counter-productive. It is probably one of the first foods you need to let go in your quest for a slimmer, healthier you.
But chocolate can be healthy. And it is delicious. The following recipe is not only delicious, it is also healthy. Naughty food is so much more exciting when it is also healthy.
2 ripe avocado preferably Haas
half cup raw cacao powder (more if desired!)
5 pitted and soaked dates (about half an hour) or raw honey to taste
1/4 cup nut milk (such as almond) or water
1 tsp vanilla extract
In a blender mix the ingredients until smooth. Check for taste.
Pour into serving glasses. Decorate with fresh fruit such as strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, whatever berry you have. You can also serve with a larger helping of berries for that extra health kick.
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