Marie Exley was one of our recent guests and she has studied health and nutrition for many years. She treated us to her very own "Raw Superfood Chocolates" and at the same time, introduced us to several new healthy ingredients such as Maca powder, Spirulina and Reishi mushroom.
What Makes it a Super Food?
- resistance to both viruses and bacteria that can cause illness
- helps to fight off yeast, fungus and candida
- positively affects our hormones for thyroid and blood-sugar control.
- improves insulin balance
- boosts thyroid function
- helps to increase metabolism, energy and endurance.
- increases digestion and helps to absorb fat-soluble vitamins.
- lowers cholesterol
- and last but certainly not least, it can even help you lose weight! Really?!
Reishi Mushroom is a fungus that is used for boosting the immune system and lowering blood pressure. Consider any allergies you may have before adding this ingredient as it can cause a reaction for some people.
- most of the protein you need to live
- reinforces your immune system
- helps control high blood pressure and cholesterol
- helps protect you from cancer
- prevents the annoying sniffling and sneezing from allergies. Wow! Now that is super!
Spirulina comes in capsules, tablets, powders and flakes. The recommended daily dose is typically between three to five grams. You can spread the dose out to twice or three times a day if you like. It is safe to take higher doses, but this is a good place to start. Remember to increase your intake of spring or filtered water when taking spirulina to help it absorb into your system.
Recipe for "Raw Superfood Chocolate"
It is important to note that there is no heat, cooking or baking involved in making these chocolates. This is wonderful because heat can so often destroy important enzymes in the food. By using our freezer to "bake" the chocolates, we are preserving all of the natural goodness and potency of the powerful ingredients in our healthy chocolate. Let's begin.
1 C Cacao powder
1 C Coconut oil (melted)
1/2 C honey
2 Tbsp Maca powder
2 tsp Spirulina
3 drops Reishi mushroom
Optional: chopped nuts of your choice; walnuts, pecans or almonds.
Mix all ingredients together into a glass Pyrex measuring pitcher. Pour into your favorite chocolate mold, filling 2/3rds of the way full. If you want to add nuts, crumble a few pieces delicately into each form. Then fill each one to the top with more chocolate. Now carefully transfer to the freezer and let set for about 30 minutes. Once set, remove and add to a container and store them in the freezer, as they can begin to melt quickly at room temperature. Makes about 45 pieces.
I have to tell you, when I tried these, my bliss meter went off the chart. Marie said, "And they're good for you. How awesome is that?!"
Indeed, Marie. INDEED!
By, Sue Hoyuela