by Marika Blossfeldt, HHC, AADP
I found a brownie recipe on the Institute for Integrative Nutrition website. It called for carob powder. For a chocolate lover like me, that was unacceptable. How can you make a brownie with a chocolate substitute? So I tweaked the recipe to include high-quality chocolate (preferably sweetened with evaporated cane juice) and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Both cacao and cayenne pepper are aphrodisiacs. Cayenne pepper also dilates capillaries and thus allows cacao’s abundant nutrients to reach cells more easily...
by Karen Knowler
There is quite the controversy when it comes to dairy. Some swear by it for a source of calcium, vitamin D and minerals and others will tell you to stay as far away from it as you can. Further still, some people are terribly intolerant to and allergic to milk and dairy. Regardless of your stance, this is a fabulous alternative to dairy ice cream....
Editor's Note: I made these and took them to work for the ladies that I work with who are absolute chocoholics and they loved them. Like many healthy for your treats they did not believe me when I told them what was in them, but they are totally hooked! I put pistachios in mine, because they are my favorite, and they were awesome...
by Maggie Ney, ND
Yes, you know sugar is not good for you, but you NEED it…especially after a meal and certainly after you’ve eaten a bite of chocolate goodness. What was once thought of as a relatively innocuous source of empty calories is now understood as a major contributor to our nation’s increasing rates of obesity, diabetes, ADHD, metabolic syndrome and cancer...
by Matt Frazier
These bars are wonderful. As someone who tries very hard to stay away from processed/packaged foods, but yet is always on the go, these are a great alternative to some vending machine snack or worse fast food. They also are much cheaper to make than buying high end, expensive and organic protein bars, which was a habit I needed to break for the sake of my wallet...
by Sue Ann Gleason
Yesterday I decided to play with my chocolate for breakfast smoothie. I think I shocked a few of my fans when I posted this photo on my fan page. But seriously? It’s a delicious way to go green. If you’re new to my chocolate for breakfast world, I’m a self-professed chocolate aficionado...
Editor's Note: I LOVE my breakfast smoothies and I'm totally going to have to add this one to my repertoire. How can you go wrong when you start your day with chocolate? But don't let the recipe fool you - it's super- nutritious too!
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by Sherri Carter, MS
With Ash Wednesday comes the beginning of Lent season which leads up to Easter, a time for rebirth and renewal. I was introduced to the idea of Lent as a young adult. At the time, I worked with a lot of Catholics, so Lent season meant ordering meatless pizzas on Friday nights. It also meant my Catholic friends gave up things like chocolate and soda for 40 days...
Editor's Note from Sherri Carter: A Spiritual Lent is a time to shed the old ideas which no longer serve your growth, releasing limiting beliefs and self defeating habits. I invite you to chose one limiting belief, following the suggestions in my article, seeing what a difference 40 days makes. I'd love to hear from you about your experience!
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