I can’t believe it is Friday again already! These days just seem to keep flying by! This week I had a bit of a challenge finding a recipe for you. There are so many recipes out there it is hard to choose what is the healthiest and most delicious at the same time.
I grew up (and still am) a very picky eater and really didn’t eat many vegetables at all. It seems like all the healthy recipes out there consist of vegetables (which is reality since they are so nutrient rich).
To give you a little insight into my relationship with veggies, my husband has helped out a lady in her 90’s with various house and yard work for a few years now. Older ladies are really a joy to be around with so much wit and personality; you never leave their presence without learning something new!
Well, when my husband first introduced me to this lady he helps out, she was really concerned with whether or not I like tomatoes. I could not figure out why on earth she was so worried about that fact, until after I told her I did not like them raw but only in like sauces etc. Her response: “That explains a lot”. Now I was really confused! She went on: “Is that the reason you married [your husband]; because he doesn’t eat tomatoes either? You two met and found out neither one of you eat tomatoes and decided to get married”.
Well, that’s not exactly how that happened but that is beyond the scope of this article. She, of course, was joking but those words have made me laugh over and over again because it is not far from illustration the challenge I face when choosing healthier ways of eating.
My husband has more experience with eating vegetables but he always had them either plain such as baby carrots or cooked and covered with lots of butter. However, I think that is boring and vegetables are just plain and gross. So, I have a big challenge to getting more whole foods into my lifestyle and eating habits that are probably not too different from your own.
That is why this week I have found an awesome raw food chocolate syrup that your family is going to LOVE! It doesn’t involve veggies this week, but it’s one of the easiest starts to incorporating more whole foods. The key for increasing the health of your family is to start with small changes and start with the ones that will have the whole family wanting more!
If I like it then you definitely will find this HEALTHY dessert AWESOME since you do not need to feel guilty.
The majority of us love our chocolate. Well, this recipe is a way to get that awesome taste and texture of chocolate syrup you buy in the grocery store, but TOTALLY HEALTHY!
HOW AWESOME IS THAT?
So what are the health benefits this week?
B vitamins, sulfur, phosphorous, potassium, copper, manganese, fiber, antioxidants, magnesium, calcium, iron, protein, and an awesome source of healthy fats.
The great thing about this recipe is that it does not have any refined sugars or food additives and chemicals. It is low on the glycemic index which means it won’t cause the spike in your blood sugar like regular desserts and chocolate syrup.
Stephanie recommends using it to “drizzle over fresh pear or banana slices, dip for sweet, ripe strawberries, or atop muesli or parfait recipes”. Who knew eating raw healthy food could be so versatile?
The recipe: Raw Dark-Chocolate Syrup
Ingredients (makes about 1/3 cup)
3 tbsp raw agave nectar (found in regular grocery stores)
2 tbsp raw cocoa (cacao) powder
½ tsp raw, unrefined coconut oil
1/8 tsp vanilla extract
Dash of ground cinnamon
Pinch of sea salt
- Put the agave, cocoa, coconut oil, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt in a small bowl and stir vigorously to blend. The mixture should resemble traditional chocolate syrup.
- Store the syrup in a tightly sealed container and refrigerate for up to 1 month.
YOUR TURN! What do you think about incorporating raw, whole foods into your diet? Does this recipe seem to give you one small way to start making changes? Don’t forget to share this recipe with your friends by “sharing the love” and leaving a comment below! Also, don’t forget the facebook “recommend” and “share” buttons below!