SAM_0302SAM_0298Why limit Valentines celebration to 24 hours, why not  celebrate love everyday with those you love and care about.  Each month or week or day, you can show a friend, neighbor, officemate or even your hardworking cleaning lady some love and appreciation with a simple token that can spell the difference between a good day or a bad one.   It would certainly make their day or simply make them smile for a moment. Extend the mood, the celebration, the effort of that special day to give Happy Hearts Day more value than simply a shallow once-a-year effort of buying  chocolates and flowers with jacked-up prices SAM_0319for commercial establishments to make a killing.  Make the day a reminder to try and make others smile or give them good vibes with chocolate you made yourself.

SAM_0322Too much chocolate will surely be unhealthy because of the sugar content. So  make  healthier chocolates by using sugar alternatives that won’t get in the way of a diabetic person’s enjoyment of these sweets. Healthy Eats Organic Cafe and Store  together with Raw Yogini share chocolate recipes for the love month.

SAM_0323Chef Sonia, founder of Raw Yogini, shared tips and demonstrated her chocolate recipes in a session held last January 16 at the MediCard Lifestyle Center at Paseo de Roxas, Makati. For more information on her cooking demo schedule, contact (02) 812-7323.

Raw Chocolate (Makes 1 huge chocolate bar or 20 bite-sized ones)

Ingredients:  1o Tablespoons of Cacao Powder, 4 Tablespoons Lola Naty’s coconut oil, 2 Tablespoons Coconut Sugar or nectar, Fruits, nuts, or spices of choice, salt to taste

Mix. Refrigerate. Serve.

Variations: Dark or White Chocolate

(Recipe from Pure Joy Culinary Academy)

Ingredients:  1 cup melted Cacao butter; 1/4 cup Lola Naty’s coconut oil, 1 1/2 cup cacao powder (for dark chocolate) or 2 cups finely ground macadamia nuts or shredded coconut ground to powder or 1 cup macadamia or coconut butter (for white chocolate); 1/2 cup lucuma powder for dark chocolate (preferable mesquite) or 1/4 cup lucuma powder for white chocolate (If you don’t have lucuma, a more macadamia nuts or coconut shreds, but be sure they are well powdered or in butter form); 2 teaspoons vanilla extract; 30 drops caramel or butterscotch essence (for dark chocolate) or white chocolate essence; 1 1/2 white stevia powder; 1/2 teaspoon high mineral salt.

Blend everything together in a dry (no moisture) blender until smooth.  Pour into molds.   Let set in the refrigerator 5-10 mins (do not freeze).  Keep stored in the ref but may be kept at room temperature for a few hours.

Raw Yogini Brownies  (Yields 8 slices)

Ingredients: 1 cup walnut or pili nuts; 1 cup dates; 5 tablespoons cacao powder; 4 tablespoons old coconut, shredded; 2 tablespoons coconut nectar;  1/4 teaspoon salt

Process the nuts and dates.  Add all the other ingredients.  Press in a pan and serve.

Sugar alternatives include:  Jerusalem artichoke syrup, maple syrup, stevia, yacon toot syrup, coconut nectar, dried fruits, coconut palm sugar, lakanto, erythrinol, lucuma, mesquite, sucunat, xylitol, cinnamon, date sugar, kaong sugar, muscuvado, nutmeg, rosemary

It is the advocacy of this blog and Healthy Eats Organic Cafe and Store to promote healthy living by providing you healthy, delicious food options, help you be more conscious of what you consume and be selective of your ingredients. With the tireless and unselfish sharing of well-studied and researched ideas and suggestions by the people behind Healthy Eats Organic Cafe and Store and their partners, you have the option to nourish your body with the right food choices minus the toxic elements.  The result should be having a happier,  vibrant, more productive life for all.  Happy Eating and Valentines year to all!