Healthy Chocolate…WHAT!?! Recipes inside.

Chocolate you don’t have to feel guilty eating.

Most women love chocolate!!!

I know I do… yet a lot of the time chocolate gets a bad rap, so when we turn to chocolate instinctually we are made to feel bad, wrong and naughty!

There are so many ways women have come up with to eat chocolate yet with the current mindset in the world about ‘chocolate is bad’, creates many disastrous and unsuccessful weight reduction attempts plus ongoing issues in life in general.

This ‘bad chocolate’ rapport can force women to be secretive with chocolate and sugar consumption. Sneaking it in with a quick chocolate frog at the supermarket or hiding it in the car to eat on the way home from work before anyone can see.

Trust me…I’ve been there.

Some women think that chocolate is sooo bad for them yet in times of needing some serious comfort, pleasure, relaxation or to escape reality just for a bit, they block out the ‘ learnt negatives’ about eating it for that moment by saying ‘I’m eating it damn it, I need it!’.

Unfortunately, the aftermath of this leads to the guilt trip avalanche of negative self-talk and shaming because their unconscious point of view is that they ‘did something wrong by eating it’.

In turn: Making yourself ‘bad’ for eating the food you enjoy! (This does a world of damage to weight reduction for the long term unless working with the mindset to embrace the food you love.)

Some women who love there chocolate so much they will do anything to make it ok to eat while their underneath outlook on chocolate is that it is ‘still bad for them’. This comes with serious long term repercussions.

They can unconsciously encourage others to eat it with them – like a friend at a café persuading you to eat piece of chocolate cake you don’t really feel like eating.

Phrases like: ‘we can be naughty together today’ or ‘aren’t we bad for eating this’ etc etc, can promote and breed the ‘chocolate is bad’ mentality.

This can have a huge impact and long term influence on children, friends, family and the world in general with the mindset imbalances being unconsciously passed on and on.

There are other women with more ways to eat chocolate by stating the reasons why she can eat chocolate in that moment. “I had a healthy lunch”, “I’m going for a walk later so that will burn it off”, and “Next week I start my diet”.

Drop the excuses, stop the hiding, let go of the guilt and

shame and tap into your own chocolate mindset.

Educate yourself about chocolate so you can then make your own decisions about how much, what type and when to eat chocolate.

If you gave yourself permission to eat chocolate while dropping the ‘other drama’, how would that be for you?

Could you just enjoy eating it?

My findings in this are that I eat way way way less when I make it truly ok to eat chocolate – no hidden motives. It is always in the house for everyone to eat and see, I eat it only when I feel like it - FOR ME!

Not because I’ve had a bad day at work or I’m stressed about something I have absolutely no control over, or to make someone else feel good about eating it or because I am bored!

Eating chocolate is one of life’s true pleasure and desires.

Genuinely allowing yourself to eat it can free you to sit and enjoy it … every bite of it!!

The REAL low down on chocolate…..

Chocolate 101: Not all chocolate is created equal!

I know it is a pity but some types of chocolate can send you into dismay and negative guilt cycles, wreak havoc on your moods and emotions plus it can mess with the digestive systems and your hormones.

Sticking to these simple tips will have you eating your chocolate and feeling good about it.

- Eat 80% chocolate or above.

The “% cocoa or cacao” refers to the total content of ingredients from cacao.

Tip: Start with the next percentage up from the current chocolate you are consuming. If it’s 40% find a 50% and so on, increasing to the 80% or above ratio. The higher the % the higher the benefits and lower the unpleasant risks to you and your body.

- Find an Organic Dark Chocolate. (You can add fair trade if you like too –for ethically reasons)

Organic means you are exponentially decreasing the preservatives, additives and chemicals (to almost none) that you find in common chocolate.

- Switch to an Organic Cacao powder for your chocolate recipes at home (instead of the typical cocoa powder).

Cacao Info: It is classed as a ‘super-antioxidant’ because it is higher in antioxidant than acai berries, spinach or blueberries.

The high antioxidant activity helps protect the heart, prevent cellular damage, and keeps you looking and feeling healthy and younger.

It may also be useful in the prevention of or treatment for congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, diabetes, and premenstrual syndrome. Cacao also contains iron, copper, calcium, potassium, and zinc. It has been known to help lower cholesterol.

It’s a great source of magnesium, which helps with calcium absorption, metabolism, and protein synthesis.

Magnesium helps calm an over-active stress response in the brain and relaxes the muscles. Cacao powder is an amazingly potent stress reliever.

Makes senses why we turn to chocolate when we need relief.

Now it can be done in a healthier way.

And lastly:

- The less dairy milk, soy, processed sugar, preservatives, additives and chemicals (anything with numbers) the chocolate has the better it is for you.

And I like to think "the more often I can eat it without guilt!"

Now for the recipes:

These Guilt free delights are ridiculously fast and easy to make. With stacks of healthy fats and anti-oxidant rich foods that are delicately sweetened.

Valentine’s Day Chocolate Truffles

10 -14 fresh dates, pitted and roughly chopped

3 tablespoons of Organic Cacao Powder (more if you like it darker an d richer)

2 cups of natural almonds

1 teaspoon of vanilla bean

½ teaspoon of cinnamon

1 teaspoon of organic coconut oil

Blend together well in a food processor until nicely combined and easy to roll into small balls. The texture needs to be firm and sticky. Add either water or a little more coconut oil if you need to bring mixture together better while processing. Roll balls in either coconut, cacao powder, freshly crushed nuts or goji berries.

Rich Guilt-free Chocolate

2 tablespoons Organic Cacao powder

2 tablespoons Organic Coconut oil, softened or solid (not melted)

½ teaspoon Raw Honey (don’t heat)

Combine all together in a bowl. You can adjust sweetness with more honey or chocolatelyness with Cacao powder. Line a tray with baking paper and smooth out the mixture with a spatula, roughly about ½ cm to 1 cm thick. You can put this into love heart molds if you want to love someone up or just for you. Place in the freezer for 20 minutes, and then use a sharp knife to cut into desired sized pieces. Keep in the fridge up to a week in an air tight glass container.

Pleasurable Chocolate Mouse

1 ripe banana

1 ripe avocado

1 cup of full fat coconut milk or unsweetened almond milk

2 tablespoons of Organic Cacao powder

3-5 drops of preservative-free vanilla extract or ½ teaspoon of vanilla bean

1 tablespoon of Organic Maple Syrup

Blend all ingredients in a food processor or high powered blender until smooth and creamy.

Be resourceful. If you are unsure about any of the above ingredients - google them. You will find them at your local supermarket and / or health store. They are also easily accessed online too.

Live outside your comfort zone and try these new recipes with extra added health benefits…how can it get any better than that??

Inform yourself about chocolate and

bring an end to the ‘Women’s chocolate guilt cycle’!

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