The Good News: Chocolate is a Superfood

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When I say the word ‘chocolate’, what comes to your mind? For me, the word is synonymous with delight. The decadent wonder that is the flavor of chocolate is one of the gifts of being alive.

While living on the Hawaiian island of Kauai (my home of nine years), I had the magical experience of becoming friends with David Wolfe, the nutrition expert, speaker and author.  He is one of those very smart people that dedicates his life to the avid study of nutrition, and how it impacts our lives.

One of the best nuggets that I learned from him, is that chocolate is actually a health food. That was news to me, since I ate Reese’s peanut butter cups almost once a day, yet I somehow knew this habit was not furthering my health goals.

Come to find out, the chocolate liquor found in a typical candy bar has been highly processed and mixed with low quality sugar during processing. This basically negates the super-ness of chocolate.

But – the cool twist to this story is that it is easy to make your own chocolate that is both delicious and actually good for you – in fact, it is fabulous.

Did you know that true chocolate actually grows on trees? Chocolate is derived from the fruit that grows on a tropical tree called the Cacao tree. Within the fruits, are seeds that look somewhat like coffee beans. If you consume the raw form of these beans, you gain the full potential of the powerhouse that chocolate really is. The recipe I am sharing with you is super easy to make, and it retains the original chocolate, as well as leaving out the processed white sugar.

These treats are full of magnesium, a mineral that is abundant in raw cacao. Magnesium deficiency is common in our country. But, magnesium has an important role in our bodies. Carolyn Dean M.D., author of The Magnesium Miracle, writes that “magnesium activates muscle cells in the heart.” It actually supports the normal contraction – relaxation pumping actions of the heart. Therefore, it can regulate heart rhythms.

Maybe that explains the heart-opening sensation that we feel when we eat chocolate. This sensation is the reason that chocolate is considered a romantic gift. I love it when my heart feels open. Then, love becomes easy to access. The love that fills my heart for my family and friends, for this beautiful Earth, and for my Creator, makes life worth living.

And chocolate helps!

Chocolate Treats

½ cup raw cacao powder (Most health food stores sell this, or you can look online – just make sure the product you buy contains only one ingredient – certified organic, raw cacao)

½ cup coconut butter (Again, look for a product that contains only the one ingredient)

¼ cup coconut oil

2-3 tablespoons pure maple syrup, depending on desired sweetness  (Not the processed stuff; look for pure syrup – the kind that comes right from the tree)

1 Tablespoon vanilla

Warm the coconut butter on VERY low heat, stirring constantly. Turn off the heat. Add the other ingredients, slowly stirring them in. Pour your mixture into little baking cups. Place in a glass container with a lid (I love my Pyrex containers with lids), and place in freezer for thirty minutes. It’s that easy! Store in the fridge for a healthy treat-snack when needed.

Enjoy… your heart will be stronger for it. Share the love, and the chocolate, with friends and family~

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