Dark chocolate is loaded with goodness. Cacao is one of the best sources of antioxidants on the planet. Studies show that dark chocolate (i prefer sugar free options) can improve health and lower the risk of many diseases.
1. Micro elements boost
I am talking now about 80-100% high quality preferably sugar free dark chocolate.
100g bar contains:
11 grams of fiber.
67% of the RDA for Iron.
58% of the RDA for Magnesium.
89% of the RDA for Copper.
98% of the RDA for Manganese.
It also has plenty of potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium.
Apparently, 100 grams (3.5 ounces) is a pretty large portion (about 600 calories).
Consume it in moderation. 1-3 little pieces with your morning or lunch coffee will be enough to treat yourself.
2. Antioxidant miracle
Dark chocolate has one or the highest ORAC (stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity, a measure of the antioxidant activity of foods).
Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants such as polyphenols, flavan...
Gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free healthy doughnuts. Instead of frying them, bake them. Instead of pouring sweet syrup over them, dunk them into dark chocolate sauce and sprinkle with roasted hazelnuts. It’s impossible to describe how tasty these treats are. You have to try them yourself!
Yield: Eight doughnuts; Prep time - 5 minutes; Cooking time - 15 minutes; Total time: 20 minutes
1 ½ cup buckwheat flour
½ cup gluten-free flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp salt
1 tsp liquid stevia
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
¾ cup soy milk
3 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
Chocolate Sauce Ingredients
2 Tbsp cacao powder
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1 Tbsp honey
3 Tbsp roughly chopped hazelnuts (to sprinkle)
Preheat the oven to 200C degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the buckwheat flour, gluten-free flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Stir with a wooden spoon until combined. Tip in...
A light, creamy panna cotta made with hemp milk and raw cacao powder. Served with a dollop of coconut cream and raspberries, this dessert is a great way to finish off a meal with friends.
If you decide to flip the panna cotta out of the mold (for the wow factor!), you can make it easier by loosening the edges first. Just put a little pressure on the panna cotta (with your fingers) and try to make it spin in the cup and then flip it upside down onto a suitably beautiful plate.
Yield: Panna cotta - 4 ; Prep time - 15 minutes; Cooking time - 5 minutes; Chilling time: 3 hours.
Total time: 3 hours 20 minutes
2 cups hemp milk
5 Tbsp raw cocoa powder
¼ tsp vanilla essence
2 Tbsp stevia
⅛ tsp salt
1.5 tsp agar-agar (1 packet)
2 Tbsp hot water
a few raspberries (for decoration)
Mix the hemp milk, cocoa, vanilla essence, stevia and salt in a pot over medium heat, stirring frequently.
The house is always infused with the scent of rose water, coconut butter and vanilla bean paste when I bake these cute little shortbreads. You really can’t compare these scrumptious biscuits to anything else out there.
These shortbreads will make a nice present for someone dear to your heart - I’m pretty sure they won’t have tried them yet.
Yield: 22 shortbreads; Prep time - 5 minutes; Cooking time - 25 minutes; Total time: 30 minutes
1 cups gluten-free flour
½ cup almond meal
3 Tbsp stevia
1 Tbsp honey
170g coconut butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
½ tsp ground nutmeg
1 Tbsp rose water
¼ tsp sea salt
Pre-heat your oven to 180C.
Line two large baking trays with baking paper and set aside.
Beat coconut butter, stevia, honey, egg and salt together in a large bowl until well mixed.
Add the flour, almond meal, vanilla paste, salt, nutmeg and rose water to the creamed butter.
I always loved breakfast, being a strong believer that 1) breakfast provides energy for the whole day, and 2) that it allows you to indulge in one or two guilty pleasures such as a piece of dark chocolate, or bowl of cherries. However, your approach to the first meal of the day depends on your goals, lifestyle, and work-schedule. In some cases skipping breakfast could be a highly beneficial strategy for achieving fat-loss.
What sort of situations am I talking about?
People who have just started a fat-loss diet (i.e. untrained or lightly-trained individuals with a body fat percentage of over 30% in females, and over 20% in males);
People who would like to shed fat faster (but not too quickly: there is no magic bullet in holistic nutrition);
Those who have a low-to-no chance of sticking to a very strict diet due to social obligations such as business, travel, dinners out and so on;
People whose bodies have adapted and become resistant to conventional healthy eating schem...