Monday, September 13, 2010

Raw Chocolate Balls

Indulge your chocolate fantasies with guilt free raw cacao!

In its raw, unadulterated state, chocolate is actually a valuable potent super-food loaded with nutrients and neuro-peptides very similar to the ones our bodies create when we are in love!

RAW CACAO POWDER contains many rare key nutrients that enhance physical and mental well-being. RAW CACAO POWDER also contain more ANTIOXIDANT flavanoids than any other food tested including Red Wine, Green Tea and Blueberries.

Other essential minerals present in Cacao are Calcium, Zinc, Iron, Copper, Sulfur, and Potassium. Cacao also contains many chemicals that enhance physical and mental well-being, including alkaloids, proteins, magnesium, beta-carotene, leucine, linoleic acid, lipase, lysine, and some neurotransmitters such as dopamine and anandamine.

Satisfy your chocolate craving and do your mind, body and spirit a favor in the meantime!


Ingredients:
 1/2 cup Raw Cacao Powder
 1/2 cup Coconut oil (I also use some coconut butter too)
 Raw Cacao Nibs
 1 teaspoon Maca Powder (optional)
 Organic Goji Berries
 1/2 teaspoon Cordyceps (Its a mushroom - optional)
 Organic Shredded Coconut
 Sunflower or Hemp Seeds or Walnuts (any nut/seed is optional)
 1/4 cup Agave Nectar

Preparation:
Mix coconut oil, agave, and raw cacao powder together.
Stir in remaining ingredients
Form bite size balls and roll into shredded coconut or seeds
Place in refridgerator until solid

Have fun with this! Mix in what you like! Eat your superfoods in a fun, delicious way!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Flour-less Brownies!

A delicious dessert for my gluten free friends!  You don't need to be gluten free to enjoy these either.

I made these for a get together last night - they had no idea the secret ingredient was Black Beans!  Of course I told them. Try them out and leave a comment about what you thought of them.

Ingredients

1 (15 ounce) can no salt added black beans, drained and rinsed
3 large eggs
1/3 cup melted butter, more for baking dish
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons gluten free vanilla extract
1/2 cup cane sugar
1/2 cup gluten free semi sweet chocolate chips (I leave some aside to put on top)
1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts (totally optional)

Method

* Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

* Butter 8 inch baking pan (I prefer glass). 
* Place black beans, eggs, melted butter, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla, and sugar in the bowl of a food processor and blend until smooth.
* Remove blade and carefully stir in chocolate chips and walnuts.  This is where I put the few extra chocolate chips on the top (so you get some in every bite :)
* Transfer mixture to the buttered pan.
* Bake brownies for 30 to 35 minutes, or until just set in the center.
Cool before cutting into squares.

The last 2 batches I used a combination of chocolate and peanut butter chips.  MMMMM.... Just made another batch for tonight's gathering.

Enjoy!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Magical Maca

A facebook friend recently posted her excitement about discovering Maca.  It IS exciting!!  She was mostly excited about the hormone balancing effects, but there is so much more to Maca.

It is considered a Superfood.  It grows at the highest elevation on earth and can stand extreme daily temperature fluctuations - sunset at 64 degrees down to 14 degrees (freezing conditions).  Imagine what eating that kind of food, with that kind of stamina can do for your body!

According to studies, Maca can increase energy, endurance, oxygen in the blood, physical strength, neurotransmitter production, and libido (yeah, natural viagra!).  Its magicallness supports the endocrine system, the adrenals, and the thyroid.  It typically improves mood, and helps support healthy hormone production.

Maca is member of the cruciferous family.  Huh??  It's in the broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, turnip, and radish family.  It is found in capsule form, but I highly recommend getting it in organic powder form.  You can easily add it to smoothies, tea, coffee - any beverage really.  It has a light nutty flavor.

Maca is rich in Vitamins B1, B2, C, and E.  It is rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sulfur, sodium, and iron.  It contains trace minerals including zinc, iodine, copper, selenium, bismuth, manganese, tin, and silicon.

No wonder they call it the Superfood!  When our bodies are getting the dense nutrients like this our bodies can naturally heal, perform efficiently, and feel satisfied.

There is more... Its slightly more than 10% protein, 8.5% fiber, and approximately 59% carbohydrates (our bodies need good carbs).  Dried maca powder contains 20 amino acids and seven essential amino acids ("essential" meaning it can't be synthesized, but our bodies need it).  Although it is not a complete protein, it is a great source of hormone precursors and amino acids that it provides many of the same effects created by a high-protein diet. 

Enough with the details... I'm so NOT a detail oriented person, but this is good info to know!

Here are some of the conditions Maca is known to improve:
Anemia
Chronic Fatigue,
Depression,
Infertility and sterility in humans and livestock
Lack of libido
Malnutrition
Menopausal symptoms
Menstrual discomfort and disorders
Poor memory
Stomach cancer
Stress tension
Tuberculosis

With anything new try it for a month or so to see the effects.  I did my own experiment for a straight month and noticed a big difference in my hormone balance (skin, pms).  I put it in every smoothie I make. 

I truly believe our bodies have the ability to heal when given the best ingredients to do so.  So, if you're suffering with any adrenal, endocrine, hormonal, thyroid, infertility condition (or what I listed above) - give maca a try for a month or so.  I love to see people come off medications and heal from natural resources.

Have a Maca-licious Day!!