The month of February, with Valentine’s Day smack dab in the middle, is often associated with love. I’ve always thought it interesting that the month devoted to love is the shortest month of the year – but maybe that’s just me.
And speaking of me, and love, my wedding anniversary is coming up – my 40th wedding anniversary. It’s hard for me to believe I’m old enough to be married for that long…
And, sometimes it seems like yesterday that I walked down that aisle; other times it feels like eons.
People keep asking me my secret to staying married for so long. I honestly don’t know. There are all sorts of articles and blog posts out there from those who are much wiser than I. I’ve even read a bunch of them. I’m not feeling much more enlightened. I don’t think there is a secret – no wise words. It’s just, for whatever your reason, you’d rather be with him/her than without.
And here’s what I do know – after 40 years, 4 kids, a bunch of pounds, and a ton ups and downs, he’s still the guy I want to spend the rest of my life with. I guess that says something.
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I’m recycling this post from last year. If you try the recipes – I’m sure you won’t mind.
NOTHING SAYS LOVE LIKE…
Mmmm…chocolate. Rich, lush, sweet, chocolate. A food group unto itself.
Well not really—but sometimes it seems as if it should be. Comforting, creamy, delicious—even people who don’t eat chocolate regularly often indulge on Valentine’s day.
Chocolate comes from trees, and trees are plants, so…chocolate is a health food –right?
Chocolate, Good for You?
The answer is both yes and no.
Chocolate has been used for centuries to treat all sorts of ailments, everything from sexual malaise (which is why it’s popular this time of year), fatigue, hangovers and poor eyesight to bronchitis, anemia, depression, memory loss, high blood pressure, and more.
It really is a feel-good treat as it helps release that the neurotransmitter—serotonin—in the brain.
But eat the wrong kind and you’ll get loads of sugar, calories, and junky ingredients.
Chocolate begins life as a cacao bean – a superfood. At this state, it is loaded with antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and plant phenols. The more processed cacao becomes the fewer healthy components remain (think most candy bars and the stuff that’s in those little heart-shaped boxes).
So how to get the most out of your chocolate fix?
- Don’t be afraid of the dark. The darker the chocolate, the more beneficial cacao it contains.
- Know your percentages: the number on dark chocolate packaging refers to the percentage of cacao bean in chocolate. For maximum health benefit, look for dark chocolate that has 75% to 85% cacao.
- Go raw—or as unprocessed as possible.
Looking for more delicious ways to enjoy your favorite food?
You’ll love these recipes!
Chef Karolina’s Raw Chocolate Truffles
- 1 cup raw cacao powder
- 1 cup cashews or macadamia nuts
- ½ cup maple syrup
- Water (to mix)
Roll-in ingredients: shredded coconut, chopped nuts, chocolate nibs, raw sugar, cacao powder, ginger, or something else you love
Optional: Add 2 drops of *dōTERRA Lavender, Peppermint, Wild Orange, or Lime Essential Oil for a delicious flavor twist.
- Mix cashews in a food processor until a powder, adding enough water to create a thick paste.
- Add maple syrup to cashews and pulse to process.
- Add cacao powder. Pulse to process.
- Add dōTERRA essential oil.
- Refrigerate for four hours or overnight for best results.
- Form teaspoon-sized balls of dough.
- Coat balls in your chosen roll-in ingredients!
NICE N EASY Nut-Free Truffles:
- 12 ounces dark chocolate (75% or better)
- 3/4 cup full fat coconut milk
- 2 tsps. maple syrup
- Roll-in ingredients: shredded coconut, cocoa powder, ginger, raw sugar)
- Optional: Add a drop or two of *dōTERRA essential oils for a taste twist: (peppermint, wild orange, or lavender are my favs).
1. Heat coconut milk, chocolate, and maple syrup over low heat until chocolate is slightly melted.
2. Remove from heat and mix until smooth.
3. Add essential oil if using and mix well.
4. Refrigerate until mixture sets (about 4 hours).
5. Form teaspoon-sized balls.
6. Coat balls in your chosen roll-in ingredients.
*Are you curious about how to choose chocolate—and other delicious superfoods—to keep you healthy (and your taste buds happy)? Would you like to know more about using essential oils in your daily life?
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