For the past seven Decembers since my first book, Health By Chocolate was published I’ve introduced chocolate loving readers to a recipe that has become world famous! My Healthy Turtle Bon Bons (pg.91 for those who own the book.) are chewy, crunchy, and a delicious blend of caramel and chocolate with pecans. Sound familiar?
From the national newspaper article …to the German doctor asking permission to republish it in his sports nutrition book ….to the latest email from a women I met last year in Mexico who writes “I’ve served your chocolate turtles to many happy eaters here!” …to the many unsuspecting samplers at book signings and workshops …chocolate lovers’ are always pleasantly surprised and then delighted to learn they can make these themselves in a matter of minutes!
Why have my Healthy Turtle Bon Bons become so popular?
There are a few key reasons why I believe Healthy Turtle Bon Bons have become such a hit:
- easy peasy – only 3 ingredients!
- flavor and texture …not only as good as their commercial counterparts …but many have exclaimed they “love them even better than the real ones.”
- instead of feeling sugar-buzzed …you’ll feel calm, indulged, and maybe even a little sexy! (why not…that’s what sells now, right?!)
- you can make up a batch and refrigerate…(in fact the coolness of refrigeration provides an even nicer chewiness to the carmel flavored dates.)
- – there are many more virtues I could post about this Turtle Love…but I recommend trying them for yourself…then you can send me your own swooney email… (or better yet, post it down in the comments section here!)
So as the holiday approaches, do yourself and family a favor. Avoid the confectionary TURTLES [Ingredients: SUGAR, PECANS, GLUCOSE, MODIFIED MILK INGREDIENTS, COCOA BUTTER, COCOA MASS, MODIFIED PALM OIL, LACTOSE, SALT, SOYA LECITHIN, ARTIFICIAL AND NATURAL FLAVOUR] … and choose the delicious whole-food indulgence version instead. Your taste buds, your teeth, your hormones, …your whole body, will thank you for it!
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JANUARY 2014! …And if you are ready to start the the new year overcoming your sugar addiction, join us for The Blissful Belly Healthy-Weight Day Retreat to learn more ways to easily swap out your favorites for just-as-delicious whole-food treats, enjoy optimal energy and health with a sustainable healthy weight…using food!
Chris Zdeb, CanWest News Service, National Post, Thursday, November 22, 2007
Chocolate has come to be demonized as the key ingredient in sinful desserts such as devil’s food cake. But for 95% of its 3,000 year history, chocolate was considered a health food.
In fact, it is very good for you and there’s a growing body of research to back that up, says holistic nutrition practitioner Victoria Laine.
Laine, who teaches an extension course on healthy food preparation at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, has written the book Health By Chocolate, which shows how to get the benefits of raw cacao — or raw chocolate — and the benefits of whole food ingredients, which are foods closest to their natural state.
She discovered the benefits of the dark side after depriving herself of chocolate for several years when she was in her twenties, and chocolate was thought to be triggering some of her health problems, including allergies and food sensitivity.
Studies have found that chocolate contains flavonols, compounds that reduce the stickiness of platelets, cells that play an important role in blood clotting. Chocolate also contains polyphenols, antioxidants similar to compounds found in fruit, vegetables, red wine and green tea, that help eradicate free radicals in the body thought to lead to heart disease, cancer and premature aging. In fact, it has a higher concentration of antioxidants than spinach, blueberries or green tea.
According to the University of California Berkeley Wellness Letter, one study of the benefits of exercise found that men who eat chocolate in moderation live longer than those who eat none. Tannins in chocolate help prevent cavities, making chocolate better for teeth than other sweets.
Chocolate has the mood-elevating chemicals phenethylamine and anandamide, which activate receptors in the brain that cause feelings of excitement and well-being.
“It also boosts serotonin levels in the brain. Women typically have lower serotonin levels during PMS and menstruation, which may be why we typically experience craving for chocolate at that time,” Laine explains.
And contrary to popular belief chocolate does not cause acne, allergies, migraines or hyperactivity. It actually has much less caffeine than most people think, Laine says.
But all chocolate is not created equal.
For any health benefits, chocolate has to be at least 70% dark, Laine says. The higher the percentage of dark chocolate, the better. Chocolate’s bad rap comes from the highly refined sugars and poor-quality fats with which it’s partnered to make tasty confections such as commercial chocolate bars.
Laine is trying to improve chocolate’s street cred by mixing it up with natural healthful sweeteners like dried fruit — dates, prunes, apricots and avocados — that provide vitamins, minerals and fibre, a little maple syrup or honey, whole grain flours, nuts and seeds. But after adding all of these decidedly non-decadent items, it still tastes good? “Ooh, yes!”
“We can certainly put on pounds with healthful chocolate as well, if we overindulge,” Laine cautions. “But the chances of overindulging is less because we feel satiated by the fibre-filled whole foods mixed in with it.” – PURCHASE – Health by Chocolate: radical new recipes & nutritional know-how!
Mmm, you love Turtles! But those tasty little creatures are packed with sugars and fats. Here’s Laine’s gooey alternative that offers the same satisfaction. Healthy Turtle Bon Bon Recipe