Is there a healthier way to enjoy chocolate?
When my son was in high school he played guard for the football team. He had extra pounds he would not need after football ended. He did not diet, work out, or count calories and still managed to loose 50-60 pounds within a year and a half! He spent most of his time after football playing on line video games sitting around and still lost the weight. All that changed was quality of food. Still eating till overfull. Still eating deserts. Still eating whenever. So it all happened by eating organic,grass fed,free range animal products-organic vegies-organic processed foods (kept to a min.)-no tap water-.
Read food ingredient labels. The less the better. If there is things you do not know what they are best to stay away from them. I say “watch your eats” meaning watch the sweets so GMO sugar beets usually labeled as natural sweetener, GMO corn syrup, processed bleached white cane sugar, and artificial sweeteners are are best if avoided. Watch your meats, organic grass fed free range or wild meats should be better for you rather than factory farmed animal products. Watch your wheats. Do they call it gluten because it will glue a ton to you? even organic wheat and organic wheat processed foods are best left on the shelf. Being aware of what you eat is a good first step on the road to feeling better and preventing ill health.
Now back to chocolate. I still have a sweet tooth and I wanted to add raw organic cocoa to my diet as it contains nutrients I was low in. I started making dark chocolate with coconut oil and coconut sugar.
1/2 cup raw organic virgin cold pressed coconut oil
1/4 cup raw organic cocoa powder
3-4 tbsp organic coconut palm sugar (stevia, maple syrup,honey,agave)
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
Make it your own add whatever you like (nuts, nut butters, raisins, chia seeds,cinnamon,coconut flakes…………………).
Warm coconut oil on lowest heat possible mix in all other ingredients and stir, only warming long enough to mix everything together.
Take off heat so it starts to cool, continue stirring until it starts to set as it will help to keep ingredients mixed. Pour in pie tins,chocolate molds, or drop on wax paper covering a cookie sheet.
Keep in freezer as it will melt at room temp. Serve fast.