• Nutrition,  Recipes

    SUPERFOOD CHOCOLATE ALMOND AVOCADO SMOOTHIE

    INGREDIENTS 1 tbsp (7 g) raw cacao powder 1 tbsp (10 g) cacao nibs 1 (120 g) medium frozen banana 1/4 of an avocado (30 g) 1/2 cup (60 g) lightly steamed then frozen cauliflower pieces 1/2 serving (20 g) Vega Performance Protein in Vanilla 1 tbsp (15 g) almond butter 2 small or 1 large (20 g) pitted date (can be omitted to reduce sugar) 1 tsp ceylon cinnamon (or regular cinnamon) 1 cup liquid of choice, either plant-based milk, water or…

  • Blog,  Features

    Chocolate: Good for your soul, and your heart!

    What better topic for Heart Health and Valentine’s Day month than to talk about the love affair between chocolate and your heart.   Observational and interventional studies have demonstrated that the flavonols in chocolate yield cardiometabolic benefits.   A recent study published in 2017 by Lee et al demonstrated the individual and combined benefits on almonds, cocoa and dark chocolate on coronary heart disease risk factors. Participants of this study were split into 4 groups. The control group which was…

  • Nutrition,  Recipes

    HEALTHY VEGAN FUDGE

    Easy vegan fudge made healthy with a base of coconut, nut butter, and cacao powder. Naturally sweetened with maple syrup and dates, and intensely chocolaty thanks to melted cocoa butter and cacao powder. The ultimate rich, vegan-friendly fudge. Ingredients 2 cups (170 g) unsweetened desiccated coconut (finely shredded) 1/2 cup (128 g) creamy nut butter (i.e. cashew butter, peanut butter*, or almond butter) 1/4 cup (55 g) melted cocoa butter* Heaping 1/3 cup (38 g) cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa…

  • Blog,  Nutrition

    The Research on Chocolate-okay, good, bad, what’s the scoop? With ND Insight.

    With Valentine’s day coming up, what does the research say in regards to chocolate and its impact on your health? ND INSIGHT Systematic Reviews: Comparing highest chocolate consumers to those who ate little to no chocolate Based on the research, presented below, there’s a small reduction in cardiovascular disease, heart attack/angina, and stroke from the six systematic reviews studied. There were flaws with these studies e.g. the participants weren’t randomized, and there wasn’t optimal adjustment for the fact that the…

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    Cocoa-Almond Smoothie

      1 scoop of protein (For this smoothie,  I use either Chocolate Vega, Chocolate Dreams Protein, or you can try the Pure Paleo Protein which is sourced from Beef)   Yes…I said Beef. At first it sound like a very odd choice, but it is equivalent to whey in terms of being able to build lean muscle tissue, tastes creamy like whey but is non allergenic and safe for the dairy intolerant person. It is also a nice protein to…