A New View of Healthy Eating: Really Enjoy Chocolate!

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By Melanie A. Albert, intuitive cooking expert, author, and speaker. Founder & CEO Experience Nutrition Group, LLC

The last 3 days we’ve been shooting videos with recipes and concepts from my new book, A New View of Healthy Eating and with my friend Tom Shanahan of Spiritual Adrenaline. In fact, we shot 27 videos, including 13 cooking videos. One of the things I noticed was that we prepared quite a few different amazing dessert recipes with chocolate including:

  • Chocolate Avocado Pudding
  • Vegan Chocolate Cream Pie with Soy (Tofu)
  • Chocolate Sweet Potato Brownie

In light of the focus on chocolate, I’d like to share with you some valuable information about chocolate and some photos of these amazing desserts.

Excerpt from A New View of Healthy Eating

4 Ways to Enjoy Chocolate

Dark chocolate is distinguished by the percentage of cacao solids in the bar. The higher the percentage of cacao in a chocolate bar, the lower the amount of sugar.

  1. Dark Chocolate Bar: Made with 70% cacao. If you are new to the bitter taste of dark chocolate, start with a 55% cacao chocolate bar. As you become accustomed to the flavor, try chocolate with higher levels of cacao.
  2. Raw Chocolate: Raw cacao is extracted from fermented cacao beans, which are dried without roasting or roasted at low temperatures.
  3. Cacao Nibs: Cacao bean crushed into little pieces. Try a few cacao nibs and experience their bitterness. Add nibs to smoothies or chocolate desserts.
  4. Cacao Bean: The actual bean or seed. It’s definitely an acquired taste; try a bite.

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If you’d like the recipes for the incredible (really!) tasty and healthy chocolate desserts, my new book, A New View of Healthy Eating is now available: 

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