So its Halloween time and chocolate is every where! How do we keep ourselves from feeling deprived without giving in and tasting those sweet but devastating treats filled with processed sugar? Make your own!
Paleo chocolate is one of the easiest things you will ever make. It takes all of ten minutes and barely any supplies to sweet, creamy, satisfying chocolate that will light up your taste buds but not your inflammation! How you say?
1/2 cup organic coconut oil
1/2 cup high quality cocoa powder
1/2 cup smooth raw almond butter
1/4 cup raw honey
1/2 tsp organic vanilla extract
Melt the coconut oil. Blend all ingredients together in a food processor or blender. That easy! Pour into desired molds. These can be poured into silicone character molds and pop out looking just like the mold itself! Or if short on molds, these can simply be poured into empty muffin liners in a muffin tin to yield chocolate cup style treats. Place molds or muffin tin in freezer for 30 minutes and voila! You have absolutely the best chocolate you will ever taste but with good -for - you protein from the almond butter, anti-bacterial properties of the honey, good fats from the coconut oil, and antioxidants from your raw cocoa powder. A treat you can feel good having!
Get creative! Add other ingredients after pouring such as walnuts, almonds, shredded coconut, dried (unsulphured) fruit, cocoa nibs, and more. The options are endless for making your own delightful creations! I look forward to hearing about your new combinations below! Enjoy!
So you ask, "Alright, so what did you do and how did you eat? What do I need to change?". The easiest overall approach that I can give to each of you, would be to stick to a strict Paleo style diet but without the chicken and pork. The book "Against All Grain" by Danielle Walker should be your go-to guide with the additional recommendations in this post. Eating this type of diet not only helps with weight loss and overall energy, but also massively lowers inflammation in the body. Why is this important? Inflammation tends to be the root cause of most of our daily gripes and pains. Eliminate the inflammation and feel great!
The key? Don't get overwhelmed! Slowly change over your pantry and start switching meals. Create meal plans each week so you are never caught hungry and in a hurry! This method is not costly nor is it time consuming, but it does require pre-planning of your meals. I will try to list bi-weekly dinner ideas on this blog to help you along but you'll see that once you get on a roll, creativity will just flow into the pot!
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After three years of struggling with my health and weight, with absolutely no help from the doctors, we knew there had to be a different option available to heal myself! After much research, it was obvious that nutrition, body care products, cleaners, and other avenues of chemicals getting into my body had to be the root cause of my many ailments. After incorporating a more plant based eating plan tailored to my specific sensitivities, changing my body care and cleaning products, and becoming a massive ingredient checker, within three months ALL of my symptoms plus 60lbs of unwanted weight simply disappeared. Inflammation was the root for all of it. May the posts of this blog help to lead you as you embark on this new journey to health. Please feel free to ask us any questions you may have along the way!