Nourishing food should taste awesome, not just good! It should taste like something that you want to keep eating all day long (at least until your body sends you the message that his cells are nourished enough and there is no need to eat anymore).
One of my favorite nourishing foods is Chocolate. As a bitter, it boosts my digestive system. As a sweetener, it warms my heart. And as for the cacao component – it feeds every cell and tissue in my body.
But not all chocolates are the same. Not all dark chocolates are made of quality ingredients. One major ingredient you want to see is cacao (not “cocoa”), as the cacao is minimally processed and still contains all its minerals and vitamins along with lots of proteins:
Cacao (Theobroma cacao) is a Boost of Minerals like magnesium, iron, chromium, anandamide, and theobromine; Nutrients like manganese, zinc, copper, PEA-phenethylamine, serotonin, Sulphur, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, lignin and chromium; amino acids like arginine and tryptophan; Anti-oxidants like oligomeric procyanidins, resveratrol, polyphenols, catechins, epicatechins (and more antioxidants than red wine, blueberries, acai, pomegranates and goji beans-combined); Vitamins like A, C, E, B1, B2, B5 and B6.
On the other side, cocoa is a very processed product which is stripped off from all of the cacao goodies.
To be on the safe side – I like to make my own. I can play with the quantities of raw honey to get the exact level of sweetness that I wish for, and also can replace the vanilla tincture with any other tincture, for any condition that needs my care (echinacea tincture if I need some immune boost, raspberry leaf tincture if I need some reproductive toning, st john’s wort tincture if I feel anxiety and need to restore my inner peace, hawthorn or rose tincture to lift my heart, and so many other variations!!!)
And this is the way I do it (I assume all ingredients to be organic):
1. In a double broiler heat cacao butter until it’s melted. Quantity – as much as your heart tells you..
2. Add slowly cacao powder and taste after each spoon until you get a chocolate taste (cacao butter smells like chocolate, but has no taste)
3. Add slowly raw honey, and taste after each spoon until you like the taste (don’t over do it..)
4. Add few drops (I like to add lots..) of vanilla tincture (or any other tincture you wish)
5. Mix all and spread on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Let it cool and harden in room temperature.
6. Cut to pieces, and keep whatever left in a closed jar
*Play with it – add / omit whatever feels right to you – and make it your own.
Chocolate is the best medicine nature could gift us.