The healthier I get, the healthier I want to be, but there are somethings we know are unhealthy that are hard to give up, like chocolate. So what if there was a way to have chocolate made from healthy, natural, organic ingredients that are actually good for you? Well, thanks to a recipe given to me by my friends at Soul Juices, it looks like there is!
Organic Raw Chocolates – Ingredients
- 2 tbsp raw organic coconut oil
- 4 tbsp raw organic cacao powder
- 2 tbsp raw organic agave nectar
- 2 dessert spoons of raw organic maca powder
Why I consider these chocolates healthy
Firstly coconut oil. Coconut oil is one of the healthiest “fats” on earth as it’s medium chain fatty acids have been proven to improve cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure and enhance circulation. The medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil are effective in killing many types of bacteria. Coconut is nature’s own antiviral medicine and is effective against most antiviral infections.
Coconut oil is also effective in the fight against obesity, the medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil are digested and utilised differently to other saturated fats, they DO NOT circulate in the blood stream but go straight to the liver, where they are immediately converted into energy.
The there is the cacao. Cacao is the highest antioxidant food in the world, which was not known even 10 years ago. It is now known to be the number one longevity food in the world, with 15 times the antioxidants of wild blueberries. It is also the number one food for your heart; is the highest natural source of magnesium, the highest natural source of iron, manganese, and chromium of any major food group. It is also a tremendous source of phosphorus, zinc, and copper.
Agave nectar? This is a low-gi natural sweetener. This means that when consumed, it won’t cause a sharp rise or fall in blood sugar. I think it should still be used in moderation, but if you need a sweetener this is a much better option than the refined sugars found in most chocolate.
And Maca? Maca is a nutritionally dense super-food that contains high amounts of minerals, vitamins, enzymes and all of the essential amino acids. Maca root is rich in B-vitamins, which are the energy vitamins, and maca is a vegetarian source of B-12. To boot, maca has high levels of bioavailable calcium and magnesium and is great for remineralisation.
How to make Organic Raw Chocolates
These delicious chocolates are so easy to make. Simply put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix by hand. The mixture starts to set quite quick it is a good idea to put the bowl inside a larger one with hot water to keep it soft. Once mixed, simply put into a silicone ice-cube tray and put in the fridge to set.
2013 miles in 2013
Having completed a year without all alcohol in 2012, my self imposed challenge this year is to complete 2013 self powered miles by the end of 2013. My rules are quite simple:
- All miles must be completely self powered (no motors, sails, etc)
- I must be able to evidence all miles, either via GPS or with a picture of any static gym equipment
To complete my 2013 miles I will be running, cycling, rowing and who knows, I might even try a few other self powered methods along the way.
I need to average just over 5.5 miles (9 km) per day to hit my target. I ran just over 670 miles in 6 and a half months in 2012, so this is a big step up. It is not going to be easy, but hey, it wouldn’t be a challenge if it was!
As part of this challenge I am planning a few races and have already signed up for 2 half marathons in March, a full 26.2 miles marathon in May and a return trip to the Great South Run.
I will be doing this challenge in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and so will keep my existing Just Giving page going for another year. I have been surprised since I started fundraising for the CF Trust just how many people are unaware of this disease and so I hope my efforts will not just raise money, but also awareness of the UK’s most most common life-threatening inherited disease.