Anyone who has spent more than five minutes in my company likely knows that I am an avid chocoholic. Long heralded as "The Food of the Gods," chocolate has held a special--perhaps even a sacred--place in many of our hearts for time immemorial. Yet, unlike so many other foods that elevate our spirits and tantalize our taste buds, chocolate has been dubbed a superfood (i.e. a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being) by nutrition experts around the globe.
Here is what I love about dark chocolate:
ANTIOXIDANTS--Dark chocolate (especially raw chocolate high in cacao solids) is virtually bursting at the seams with antioxidants, substances believed to protect cells from damage (which many believe bestow anti-aging benefits ;-)) and help prevent numerous diseases.
MAGNESIUM--Dark chocolate is very rich in magnesium, a nutrient required for over 300 chemical reactions in the body, ranging from helping to lower high blood pressure to easing menstrual cram...
It often seems as though everyone from the butcher to the baker to the candlestick maker is telling us to eat more vegetables. So why not start with breakfast?
Pancakes are one of several quintessential breakfast foods. Sadly, conventional pancakes aren't so great for us from a health standpoint. Most pancake recipes are loaded with refined flour, sugar, and poor quality fats. Most are also made with dairy, which isn't great news for the roughly 5 million Canadians who consider themselves to be lactose intolerant, not to mention those with a severe dairy allergy. Clearly, traditional pancake recipes are in serious need of a quality upgrade!
While these won't taste exactly like the pancakes your grandma used to make (part of why I am calling them "flapjacks" instead of the more common "pancakes"), they are reminiscent and have an hearty, flavourful appeal entirely their own.
I don't know about you but, when the weather changes, so do my taste buds. Thanks to the recent hot, humid weather, I have been all about the fresh, zesty flavour of lime.
One of my favourite ways to enjoy this often overlooked citrus fruit is in the form of a deconstructed key lime pie. It's super simple. Blend a few ingredients et voila! A healthy, craving-quenching key lime pie substitute that is actually good for you!
2 medium avocados, peeled and pitted
2 medium limes, juiced
3 Tbsp of pure maple syrup or light-tasting honey, such as clover or wildflower
Unsweetened organic coconut shreds (optional)
Lime zest, organic (optional)
Place the peeled and pitted avocados, lime juice, and sweetener of choice in a food processor. Blend until smooth and creamy, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Garnish with unsweetened coconut shreds and/or lime zest and serve.
This recipe yields a velvety, pudding-like texture. If you prefer a denser, more pie-like texture, add a coup...