Friday, July 27, 2012

Chocolate Dream

I love chocolate in all its forms. Admittedly  I am a dark chocolate addict. Though I do enjoy it in controlled portions as a treat. I use raw cacao instead of cocoa powder because cacao has more antioxidant flavonoids than ANY food including blue berries, red wine and four times the antioxidants of green tea. Cacao increases certain neurotransmitters in the brain that make your outlook more cheerful and feel positive

These include:

  • Serotonin -  Acts as an anti-depressant, helps reduce PMS symptoms, and promotes a sense of well-being.
  • Endorphins -Causes the secretion of endorphins, producing a pleasurable sensation similar to the “runner’s high” a jogger feels after running several miles.
  • Phenylethylamine -  This is contained in chocolate and made within the brain and released when we are in love. Acts as mild mood elevator and anti-depressant, and helps increase focus and alertness.
  • Anandamide - Known as the “bliss chemical” because it is released by the brain when we are feeling great. Cacao contains both N-acylethanolamines, believed to temporarily increase the levels of anandamide in the brain, and enzyme inhibitors that slow its breakdown. Promotes relaxation, and helps us feel good longer.
                          So go ahead honey and try this sweet treat it will make you happy!
Chocolate Dream

1 large avocado pitted and peeled
1/2 cup cacao powder or unsweetened chocolate powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup of blonde palm sugar
3 TBS coconut milk
Strawberries for garnish

Place all ingredients into Blendtec ( besides berries) or food processor and puree until smooth. Be sure to scrape sides of processor down to blend thoroughly. With the 1/3 cup palm sugar the taste will be that of dark chocolate. You may add more if you want it sweeter. Layer mousse with layers of strawberries and top with chocolate chips. I use Enjoy Life Mini Chips they are nut, gluten, soy, and dairy free.

Today's Workout Blip:
Today's workout for my Get in Shape Girl Bikini Plan I will be hitting up the treadmill later today for some quality high intensity interval training. Here is a great little 7 day treadmill workout plan if you are looking to spice up your cardio here.
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  1. Hi Brooks
    will definitely try the trail mix bars...YUM!

    Okay, so here is my challenge for you! You know where we come from..? and I still love, love, love cookies. (and failing miserably at this eating healthy thing; I am eating oreos as we speak!!)) Yikes! So, ya know the family thumb print cookies with the apricot filling?? Can you figure out how to make them healthy? I am thinking almond meal for a start...Smuckers makes a fruit only apricot filling, how are we doing? The real problem is the butter, ah yes wonderfu, creamy butter that makes cookies taste so awesome!!!HELP NOW!!Love ya, Aunt Kim

  2. Auntie Kimmy I will get on it and come up with some thing:) Keep trying with the eating one meal at a time.I think almond flour is a viable option for that recipe.