Chocolate constantly calling you at 3pm? We hear you! However, with a little preparation, you can satisfy your sweet tooth with delicious wholefood treats.
The combination of healthy fats from the nuts (including omega-3 from walnuts), fibre, protein and the natural stimulant in cacao will keep you energized for hours. Selenium-rich Brazil nuts will help boost your mood, while the dates and orange keep your sweet tooth satisfied
½ cup Brazil nuts
½ cup walnuts
1 cup medjool dates
½ cup cacao powder
zest of an orange
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
Juice of half an orange.
Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and blitz. Roll into balls.
Commercial thick shakes are loaded with sugar and unnecessary additives, colours and flavours. Instead, get at thick, chocolate hit from a delicious homemade smoothie, which also nourishes your body with nutrients to fuel your afternoon. This recipe hides spinach for extra fibre, vitamin A, K, folate, magnesium and iron.
1 frozen banana
2 tbsp cacao powder
1 tbsp nut butter
Handful of baby spinach
1 medjool date or 1-2 tsp organic maple syrup
1 ¼ cup milk of your choice
Blend and serve.
High in fibre and a source of iron, protein and B vitamins, these tasty little treats are a perfect guilt-free indulgence!
2 fresh medjool dates
1 heaped teaspoon of almond or coconut butter
1 teaspoon cacao powder
Cut and pit the dates. Mix the almond or coconut butter with the cacao and a sprinkle of roasted peanuts. Fill each date with the mixture.
Protein, fibre and healthy fats from the nut butter help you to stay full. While polyphenols, important nutrients in the apple, help to lower the rate of glucose absorption from our digestive tract, supporting steady blood-sugar levels.
Unlike most commercial chocolate, raw chocolate is made from pure, unrefined ingredients and is usually a mix of cacao, coconut butter and/or a natural sweetener. Raw cacao is high in antioxidants that help support your nervous system and heart health. It’s also a natural mood booster and helps reduce blood pressure. No wonder chocolate is our go-to stress reliever! It’s easy to make at home, but store bought versions are great too. Loving Earth, Pana Chocolate and Rawsome are some of my favourites.