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Healthy Chocolate?!

Did someone say chocolate?!

When we start to think about diet and nutrition, we tend to panic that we're going to miss out on 'treats'. When people start fad diets, they crave things like chocolate, cakes, sweet foods because of the addiction to processed sugars. There are plenty of amazing healthy and tasty recipes to create raw, organic, sugar-free chocolates, cakes and cookies. I should know! I am best known within my circle of friends and my children for making the best cacao truffles.

The problem isn't chocolate on our health, it's the ingredients. Processed cocoa powder is not the same as raw cacao (manufacturers have cleverly changed the lettering from the original 'Cacao' to 'Cocoa'. Cocoa powder, is an unsweetened chocolate product adding a deep chocolate flavour to desserts and beverages. Cocoa powder occurs when the fat, called cocoa butter, gets removed from the cacao beans during processing. The leftover dried solids get ground into the product sold as cocoa powder. Cacao is higher in protein, fibre, magnesium and iron. Cocoa powder often has added sugar and may contain dairy and emulsifiers when made as a chocolate drink powder. Gram per gram cacao is more nutritious. The use of cacao for health dates back at least 3,000 years! There are thousands of fab recipes online to create healthy, raw, organic truffles, home-made chocolate bars, cakes and cookies. No need to miss out. Healthy certainly doesn't mean being boring.

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Fancy a Date? 

Dates are a popular type of fruit which has been around for a long time. The origin of dates can be traced back to almost 5320 BC. The fruit is a staple item for people in the middle east and North Africa. Mainly cultivated in these regions, dates are highly beneficial due to the innate composition of macronutrients and many other healthy elements. The high nutrient content of the fruit contributes to its highly beneficial properties. The need for a comprehensive fruit diet cannot be fulfilled without the inclusion of dates. The nutrition data of dates are really off the charts. The fruits are packed with a lot of essential vitamins and other nutrients that can be extremely helpful to your overall health. Dates are also rich in fibre and carbs which without a doubt makes it one of the healthiest dry fruits. Some documented health benefits of dates include: Aids Healthy Bowel Movements, High Concentration of Antioxidants, Improves Brain Function, Facilitates Natural Labour, Reduces Risk of Cancer, Prevents Microbial Infections, Helps Fight Diabetes, Works as an Anti-Inflammatory Agent, Can Protect Your Kidneys, Can Improve Fertility, Promotes Bone Health, Adds Strength To The Nervous System. These are just a few of the amazing medicinal benefits that can be had from consuming dates regularly as part of a balanced diet. Sweet!

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Nutty about Nuts!

Nuts aren't just for squirrels people! Walnuts are the only nut significantly high in omega-3 ALA. Omega-3s are essential fatty acids critical to various body processes. Tree nuts, including walnuts, are dense in nutrients and rich in unsaturated fats. Epidemiological studies have found the consumption of such nuts to be associated with a variety of beneficial health benefits. Walnuts are considered to be a great source of polyunsaturated fat, approximately 13 grams per ounce, as well as omega-3 fatty acids. Diets containing omega-3 fatty acids, in particular, are associated with the reduction of low-density lipoproteins. Additionally, walnuts are a rich source of antioxidants and fibre. Nuts are high in calories and fat, so they should replace other sources of fat and calories when added to the diet. Research has found that consuming walnuts alongside a diet low in saturated fats may reduce the likelihood of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) and even Diabetes. Those that consumed walnut and walnut oil in their diets showed reduced blood pressure at rest and when exposed to stress. Based on this, it is argued that diets containing walnuts may help our bodies better cope to stress. By adding just 1 or 2 handful of nuts with some mixed fruit can further add to your daily dose of vitamins, essential fatty acids and fibre. Let's go nuts!