Holistic health coach, Joann Rosalia, shares her love of dark cocoa, affectionately known as chocolate, and a delicious Chocolate Heaven Shake vegan recipe. Chocolate is a guilt-free superfood because it contains flavonols, plant compounds with potent antioxidant properties. Research suggests that the flavonols in chocolate may assist the body in its ability to maintain healthy blood pressure, promote blood flow, and promote heart health. We know this energy rich superfood makes us happy!
For the Love of Chocolate
Did you ever find that when you have a love for a particular thing, it’s difficult to comprehend that someone else can find it unappealing? I’m not talking “personalities” here, I’m referring to food. But they say that’s what makes the world go round! Anyway, today, I would like to introduce you to MY favorite super food of all time…..dark cocoa, otherwise known as chocolate! Truly, if I’m going to get my antioxidant blast, before I choose green tea, or red wine, I’m going to head straight for my bag of dark cocoa!!!
AHHH….chocolate you say, who doesn’t love the allure of that rich, dark treat. But the truth is, all chocolate is not created equal. In its natural state, dark cocoa is one of the most chemically complex foods in the world! As far as antioxidant content, it is rated higher by weight than red wine, green tea and even blueberries. In fact, dark cocoa is like taking a mineral supplement….truly the way I want to get mine!
And as far as the “bliss” chemicals, like endorphins, which are the “love” chemicals, dark cocoa is loaded with them. That’s why we use chocolate on Valentine’s Day and for special occasions where we want to show that “special someone” our love and appreciation, and hope they show it back! The “feel good” endorphins in dark cocoa are like the high you get from a great workout!
So how do you capitalize on this amazing food “gem?” You can purchase dark cocoa or raw cacoa in powdered form and add it into your morning smoothie. There are also many great natural foods cookbooks on the market today, and many sites where you can find easy to prepare desserts utilizing this miracle food. Or you can try some of the fabulous natural foods desserts and shakes that are becoming available in whole foods markets and small health food stores. Make sure you read the labels to insure that they are at least 70% cocoa, (no milk chocolate), organic, and non-GMO to get the most value from the beans. Hail Merry snacks and desserts are free of GMO’s and utilize Fair Trade cocoa. Fair Trade certification ensures that farmers receive a fair price, allows farmers to invest in techniques that bring out the flavors of the region, and STRICTLY prohibits slave and child labor. My personal favorite? Hail Merry’s Chocolate Miracle Tart! Rich, smooth and totally decadent, with just a hint of salty. I apologize up front for your new obsession!!!
Here is a delicious smoothie that will sure to become a household favorite:
Chocolate Heaven Shake
12 oz. Almond Milk (or other non-dairy option)
1 tablespoon unsweetened natural peanut butter (or raw almond butter)
½ frozen banana
1 tablespoon dark cocoa powder or raw cacoa
1 medjool date (or 1 tablespoon favorite sweetener)
And for a real treat, 1 drop of Young Living Peppermint oil (and I do mean ONE DROP)
makes 1 serving
Put all ingredients in your blender or NutriBullet and let it rip. If you are not using frozen bananas, I suggest you put in some ice cubes to make it COLD. Also, this is just a guideline, if you love frozen blueberries, strawberries, etc…let your imagination run wild. And ENJOY!!!
Meet Joann Rosalia Holistic Health Coach, AADP Member and Owner of Healthy Fooditude:
Native Long Islander and former owner/chef of the Wu Wei Café in Hicksville, NY, Joann is passionate about empowering people to take charge of their own healthcare. With a background of over 25 years as a vegetarian/vegan, and student of life, she decided to enroll in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in and has graduated with high grades to become a Certified Holistic Health Coach. Always in pursuit of the most current trends and information in healthcare, Joann has decided to further her knowledge of nutrition through the schools elite Immersion Program this summer. Embracing the theory of biodiversity, Joann firmly believes there is no one-size-fits-all program and that one man’s panacea may be another man’s poison. Through cooking classes, pantry makeovers, workshops, lectures and one-on-one coaching, she has spread the message of hope to hundreds of grateful followers. Her unique programs have helped her clients make significant improvements in their overall wellbeing.
To contact joanne: http://www.HealthyFooditude.com