Here it comes… Tomorrow is that one day of the year you’ll spend in full attention of the one you love. Well… maybe not the one day, but certainly the day designated to do so…
What will you do on Valentine’s Day? Many dread the arrival of Valentine’s Day. No, I’m not talking about the reason you are thinking, not because they are dateless, or feel unprepared, because regardless of whether you are either of these things, you will fear one great oncoming of this famous day: the temptation of eating chocolate.
Temptation? Yes. Risk? Let’s see: Sure, if you’re buying some of the prepackaged stuff. You may find that many of these over the counter options contain the usual things you want to avoid: Saturated Fats, Partially Hydrogonated Oils, huge amounts of sugar, but let’s see what else you have in store for you. What are some alternative options that can spin this temptation into a trip to good health.
First of all cocoa itself is good for you. Cocoa is a natural antioxidant, usually containing flavanol (sound like flavor?) which promotes blood circulation to the brain and helps prevent diseases like Alzheimer’s, helps keep low cholesterol, and generally, promotes a healthy body. So, if you’re not getting the over the counter stuff with preservatives, “enhanced” with sugar, and corn and high fructose syrups, you are getting antioxidant benefits that… might just spice up your love life.
So how do we look at the Valentine’s Holiday? When you know there are benefits to be found about the great cocoa, there’s a lot more possibility. In my humble opinion, we should see Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to get a closer look, and enjoy, some great Super Foods.
On Valentine’s Day, everyone’s looking for an activity to share. While it may be too late that I recommend you to prepare something to present to the one you love, here is a recipe which you can both enjoy, and be not just guilt free, but proudly proactive.
Valentine’s, now, is your chance to get on your Super Foods. AKA: Raw Cocoa, Almond Butter, Coconut Oil, Peppermint Leaf. Antioxidants and powerful stuff in each. There are hundreds of ingredients here you can combine into your mix. Here is a great example of a recipe I found on WordPress.
I give full credit here to “Eat Clean Health” for inspiring me with this great recipe. Here’s how you put it together:
Using low heat, melt a single cup of coconut oil. After:
Blend 1 cup of Raw Cocoa, a few pinches of mint leaf, and the coconut oil together. After:
Add 2 cups of Almond Butter on top, mix in. Then:
Simply spread the mix out of to a tray, and place it in the freezer for 1 hour.
If you’re not into freezing, see what you can’t bake up using all these great Super Foods.
Get the most out of your Cocoa this Valentine’s Day, and be proud of your productivity. Plus, being healthy is a complete turn on. 😉