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Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut (Nutella) Spread


Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut (Nutella) Spread Nutella (chocolate hazelnut spread) is a guilty pleasure for people around the world. In most European countries, it's not difficult to find a spot that makes fresh crepes filled with banana and Nutella. In the US, there are television commercials which tout Nutella as a healthy option for breakfast!! Personally, I had always enjoyed just eating it right off of the spoon. The problem with store-bought Nutella is that it's really not healthy. The top two ingredients are sugar and oil. For those who have transitioned to a healthier way of eating, Nutella can taste sickeningly [...]

Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut (Nutella) Spread2019-05-11T20:41:17+00:00

Chocolate chia pudding


Chocolate Chia Pudding Who doesn't love chocolate pudding? To follow up my blogs on the Cardiovascular Benefits of Cocoa, and Chia Seeds, I wanted to include a few recipes that included each. This recipe conveniently uses both ingredients! Chia pudding in some form is popular in the world of plant-based eating because it is typically prepared quickly and easily, is nutrient dense, and tastes great. The base of most recipes includes some form of nut milk and chia seeds which serve to thicken the milk to the consistency of pudding. These can be a great breakfast substitution for yogurt [...]

Chocolate chia pudding2018-04-22T22:59:18+00:00

The Cardiovascular Benefits of Cacao


"Cacao is a Health Food!" During a recent visit to Costa Rica, I somewhat reluctantly took a day off from high adrenaline activities to visit a family run Cacao plantation. As it turns out, this was one of the highlights of my vacation. Surrounded by cacao trees with their colorful pods dangling, one of the farm's proud owners walked us through the process of creating chocolate. As if he needed an additional marketing strategy to convince us to become chocolate lovers, he proclaimed cacao to have many health benefits. I began to wonder if these health benefits were robust enough [...]

The Cardiovascular Benefits of Cacao2018-07-01T17:50:51+00:00