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choc chick chocolates

Welcome to all chocolate lovers!

Almost everybody loves chocolate. From all the people I know I can not think of one person who doesn’t enjoy some form of chocolate.

I think I know why “Chocolate is the foods of the Gods”.

Every time you take a bite of chocolate your taste buds send little tingling message to your brain that brings you some form of pleasure. Yes, and eating the Choc Chick Raw Chocolate truffles is a pleasure you can’t possibly measure. I was so excited to be given the opportunity to make and enjoy these little chocolate monsters. I had plenty of help while making them and overall the whole thing was a complete success. 

I love to see products that are vegan friendly, but also very balanced and healthy without compromising on taste and price. The market of luxurious chocolates, that are nutrient and free from additives and toxic ingredients is booming, as more and more people become aware of what is in their food and where it comes from. 

The chocolate truffles  are so easy to make -my boys had fun making them under my supervision. 

choc chick chocolate

2 of my sons helping me. You can notice the concentration in their faces. ūüôā

I received the beautiful package and I was so looking forward to make it. I made it with the help of my 2  boys, while their older brother was comfortably reading the last book of the Harry Potter collection knowing that he, too would be enjoying them once they are made. Being involved in the making of the chocolate truffles gave my boys even more reasons to keep trying it to make sure it’s all going to plan and up to their taste. 

There are many ways to make anything unhealthy if you want to. But the experts in Choc Chick have created an amazing and nutrient dense snack for everyone to enjoy their own way. Here is why. 

 

 

choc chick chocolate kit

Make it your way with some hazelnuts, almonds and goji berries

The main ingredients in the kit are RAW and UNprocessed which keeps all the goodness and them and provides an incredible richness in flavour and pure satisfaction. You may already know that processed and cooked chocolate losses most of its nutrients and you have to eat a ton of it in order to feel the deep pleasant taste that a few raw chocolate truffles can provide. 

Raw cacao powder is known to boost your antioxidant and magnesium levels and also improve your mood. The fact that Choc Chick is made with raw cacao butter adds even more value to your chocolates. Whether you are vegan, like me,  or simply enjoy a good quality chocolate Choc Chick is for you. The cacao butter is what really adds the depth into the flavour of the truffles. I have had cacao butter before and it is like a silky deep elixir when mixed with the cacao powder and the sweetness. 
I do hope that you get a chance to try the Choc Chick Chocolates. If you live in UK they will be with you in a day or two.

The Choc Chick chocolate are made with “Sweet Freedom” another amazing sweetness that comes from nature but it is miles away from processed sugar.

The method couldn’t be easier. Melt the butter.Add the sweetness and the cacao powder.Mix well.Add some extras if you like. Place into molds.Voala! Nevertheless when you order your starter kit you will receive a booklet with 5 recipes ideas that will inspire you to make other nice things as well. 

 After the 20 minutes in the freezer we couldn’t wait to eat them. Here is how they turned out. Full of flavour and so so nice.

choc chick chocolate kit

There they are all nice and shiny. Enjoy!

The truffles melt in your mouth and your taste buds are sent to chocolate heaven. The bonus of getting the starter kit is that I also have some of the raw cacao powder and the sweet freedom left and I am looking forward to make some hot chocolate drink for my boys and also make some chocolate cookies for all of us to enjoy.

I highly recommend you to go and visit the Choc Chick chocolate range.For a change this is a chocolate that is truly good for you! Enjoy! It’s too good to share ūüôā 

Edible seeds for everyone

Ivelina  —  April 1, 2013

Going vegan has made me rediscover all edible seeds. The newest addition to my cupboards is the chia seeds-a vegan superfood , which were a complete mystery to me until not so long ago. I have always been a fan of seeds any way , but mostly I would have them roasted and wouldn’t pay that much attention to them. Edible seeds are actually so full of goodness-¬†¬†fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals-its all there.

Here is a list with some of my favourite edible seeds and their health benefits .

edible seeds-pumpkin seeds

Pumpkin Seeds

 

1.Pumpkin seeds -These green little monsters are full of¬†protein, iron, and zinc, and they’re one of the best sources of magnesium, a mineral that helps with ¬†blood pressure, build bone strength, and even reduce stress.Toast your pumpkin seeds or eat them raw.You can also add them to breads and salads . They also make a yummy snack during the day.

 

 

 

edible seeds-sunflower seeds

Remember doing this as a child ūüėČ

 

2.Sunflower seeds-These tiny black seeds are very high in Vitamin E-the body’s primary fat-soluble antioxidant.Vitamin E as a ¬†powerful antioxidant that protects cells from free radicals.¬†Sunflower seeds are also a great source for the antidepressant phenylalanine, an amino acid the body turns into the brain chemical norepinephrine, which keeps you alert and focused.¬†Sunflower seeds are particularly rich in magnesium , which is needed for good bone health. Enjoy sunflower seeds raw or lightly toasted for a richer flavour. You can also add them to breads and salads for a nutty mild taste.

 

 

edible seeds-chia seeds

Full of energy!

3.Chia seeds -These very small seeds have no flavour, but they make it up on nutritional value.Chia seeds also provide fiber, iron, calcium, niacin, magnesium, zinc and phosphorus.Chia seeds are an incredible fiber resource with nearly half (11 grams) of the amount you need every day in a single ounce. They also contain 18 percent of your daily calcium requirement‚ÄĒmore than triple that of dairy milk‚ÄĒwhich helps your bones, and they have some of the highest levels of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids of any seed.Chia seeds contain about 20% protein, a higher percentage than found in many other grains such as wheat and rice. Chia seeds contain strontium which helps to assimilate protein and produce high energy.I normally add chia seeds in my morning smoothie and also make raw date and nut bites as a tasty snack.

 

edible seeds-sesame seeds

Love them!

 

4.Sesame Seeds -very small to eat as a snack , but they make one of the most amazing dips in the world-tahini. They also make one of the sweetest treats on Earth-Halva. Sesame seeds are a very good source of copper and a good source of magnesium and calcium.Sesame seeds contain zinc which is vital for a bone mineral density.Sesame seeds  are sources for some phyto-nutrients such as omega-6 fatty acids, flavonoid phenolic anti-oxidants, vitamins and dietary fiber with potent anti-inflammatory benefits as well as health promoting properties.

 

 

edible seeds-hemp seeds

Nutrition power house

5.Hemp seeds-another edible seed added to my cupboard as a result of going vegan. This seed is amazing .It contains all 20 amino acids, including the 9 essential amino acids, all of them easily digestible,that¬†¬†our bodies cannot produce.Hemp seeds protein percentage ¬†also strengthen ¬†the immune system and helps your body to get rid of ¬†off toxins.Hemp seed is the¬†Nature‚Äôs highest botanical source of essential fatty acid, with more essential fatty acid than flax or any other nut or seed oil.It contains the¬†perfect 3:1 ratio of Omega-6 Linoleic Acid and Omega-3 Linolenic Acid ‚Äď for cardiovascular health and general strengthening of the immune system.Hemp seeds are a¬†rich source of phytonutrients, the disease-protective element of plants with benefits protecting your immunity, bloodstream, tissues, cells, skin, organs and mitochondria.Over all if you gonna add seed to your diet choose hemp seed. It makes amazing ¬†forest fruit smoothie.

 

 

In the meantime thank you very much again for being here.

Stay Healthy and Feel Fresh,

with lots of love

Ivelina

 

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The most common reason people take maca root is to boost their energy, libido, and to balance emotions related to hormonal issues as well as a nutritional supplement. Maca root works with the hormonal system of your body to balance your testosterone, progesterone and estrogen.

Why is maca root so powerful?

It is a superfood containing carotene, thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), ascorbic acid, niacin, and other vitamins. It has high levels of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and, potassium, as well as minor levels of copper, zinc, manganese, iron, selenium, and boron. It also has 11% per gram of protein and fatty acids. Because of its 18 amino acids, it is a complete form of protein for vegans and raw-foodists.

Peruvians do not need any scientific studies to prove the powerful effects of maca as it has been one of their traditional food for thousands of years. This root is consumed in various ways in Peru and ingrained deeply in the culture. It is used in baking, smoothies, and various other foods.

Maca can be taken in capsule form (with the powder in the capsule) or as a powder or as a concentrated extract. The capsules generally contain 500 mg of powder. Most people take it in powder form by blending it in smoothies or simply taking it by dissolving in water. I recommend in powder form so that your body absorbs it immediately. It does have a unique nutty flavor, a bit of an aftertaste but it’s not strong and OK for most people. If you are sensitive to the taste then taking it in capsule form would be a better option for you.

How much maca powder should you take?

It is different for everyone. I suggest if you take capsule form, try starting with 2 capsules per day, and do it consistently for a few days and then adjust from there. If taken in powder form, start with 2 teaspoons a day and adjust from there. Each individual is uniquely different and since this is a natural medicinal plant product, each person will need different amounts. I also suggest taking it in the middle of the afternoon around 2 pm when your hormones tend to be the lowest.

You should take a little precaution when you start taking maca. Some people have reported experiencing elevated heartbeat and insomnia from having excess energy (similar to taking too much caffeine). As mentioned before, take the recommended dosage of 1-3 teaspoons of powder daily and listen to your body and adjust accordingly.

Just as in any other medicinal plants, quality does matter. Make sure you buy organic and from a company that is committed to bringing the best organic fair-traded, sustainably produced Maca root product.

Jaya Patel has a health and wellness online store. She is a blogger for all things healthy and non-toxic. She is dedicated to empowering others to achieve holistic health for them and their families through their food choices, cleaning products and personal care products. Examples of topics she writes about are home remedies for various ailments, super foods that pack the most nutritional punch, natural and alternative therapies, non-toxic and truly natural products for your home, skin and hair.

 

 

 

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