Feeling Anxious? Don’t turn to pills, turn to basic skills and enjoy combining foods in your pantry into amazing, healing treats. This is part of my #foodasmedecine way to eat!
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Walnuts have been shown to lower blood pressure and decrease inflammation.
2. Sunflower seeds are rich in magnesium, which promotes a healthy mood, safely and effectively as a homeopathic therapy.
3. Cacao is a great source of four scientifically proven bliss chemicals – serotonin, tryptophan, tyrosine and phenylethylamine. These neurotransmitters are associated with cosy feelings of wellbeing, happiness, and can even alleviate depression.
4. Cherries, known to improve sleep, a critical component of keeping your immune system at it’s best!
Mix all this together and make chocolate bark, and the goodness goes way beyond amazing deliciousness! Have a piece in the afternoon, with a cup of green tea, and be happy knowing your afternoon pick-me up is completely therapeutic.
Note, the linked recipe does NOT include sunflower seeds, but go ahead and play with your food, walk on the wild side and add what you want… I highly recommend that you liberally sprinkle your chocolate slab with the seeds.
Leave a comment below on how you plan to use your pesto!
*I know that sentiment has deep political ramifications RIGHT NOW as the term “marshall law” is being bandied about, but this post just isn’t about that. I’m personally NOT a fan of speculating, or stressing about the things that I cannot control so here I am back at my home temple, the kitchen, creating healing recipes so that we can live our best life, despite being temporarily in isolation.
This Valentine’s day, I return to my Raw-Vegan roots to re-create a classic, that now honors our current wellness paths, skating through Keto, Paleo as well as Vegan. Either way, it’s a classic, this time with an Aztec twist!
Enjoy the healing & aphrodisiac qualities and if you do try it out, please tag us at #practicalwisandwellwithnina so we can enjoy your experience too!
-8 Dates, Soaked, with pits removed – see instructions below to make “date paste”
-1 Haas-style Avocado, pit removed
-1 Cup UNSWEETENED Non-Dairy Nut Milk, or Grain Milk if not concerned with Paleo/Keto
-½ Cup Coconut Butter, aka “coconut manna”
-½ Cup Cacao, Cocoa, or Carob Powder
-1 tsp Vanilla Extract
-½ tsp Cinnamon, to taste
-Chili Powder, to taste (try Ethiopian Berbere spice, for more floral notes with your heat!)
Cacao – Highest Plant-Based Source of iron, with 40 times the antioxidant power of blueberries, and more calcium than cow’s milk
Avocado – More potassium than bananas, loaded with beneficial fiber, can lower cholesterol and triglycerides
Dates – Reduce your blood pressure, help maintain bone mass and blood sugar balance
Coconut – A good source of
Cinnamon – Anti-diabetic with impressive anti-inflammatory properties
Berbere – Improves circulation, heart health and helps fight ulcers and prostate cancer.
Soak dates overnight in just enough water to cover. Once plumped, discard pits and puree the hydrated “flesh” of the dates using your blender or food processor, along with the soaking water to make your date paste.
Combine the date paste and all the rest of the ingredients in the bowl of your food processor and blend till silky smooth. Remove and place in fridge or freezer as it can be served as a pudding or rich “nice cream”, full of pleasure and medicinal benefits! Cheers!!
Kept frozen, this dessert makes a great “nice cream”!
Once refrigerated, this will keep up to a week.
This recipe is a NO Oil recipe. To learn why I no longer cook with oil, click here
Carob, as a substitute, is a star with its own merits: It’s a fine source of calcium and antioxidants, without any oxalates, is high in fiber, virtually NO-fat AND relieves diarrhea (amazing #amiright?!)
If you like your dark chocolate just a little sweeter, you can add stevia, though I much prefer using 4 more soaked dates or another teaspoon(s) to taste, of Maple Syrup if desired. Stevia will keep it Paleo/Keto if that’s important to you. The addition of chili powder and cinnamon should keep this from needing to be any sweeter, though!