Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Palatable Chocolate Fix

Palatable. No. I did not make it up. What a fun word to say.

Wholly Molley, this was simple. And delicious. This would normally be a short post since it only has 3 ingredients- but the benefits of each ingredient will take up some space! I wanted to let you know just what you are eating. Its dessert- but its soooo good for you! I'll get to the recipe first, then the benefits second. I hope you will keep reading though.. you will love it!

6 dates
1/2 avocado
4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
1-2 tsp water (optional) 
Serves: 2

Place all ingredients in a food processor and purée until smooth

Add 1-2 tsp of water if mixture is not blending 


Plop it in a bowl right after blending or put in the refrigerator (in an air tight container) and enjoy it later. I liked it cold but the choice is yours.

Ok- now onto the benefits! Hopefully you have stuck with me to this point- even if you do just read the UNDERLINED print (hint-hint). You will feel smarter and awesome for eating this DESSERT. ANNNNND to make you feel even smarter (if that’s possible, right?) I have linked some words to their definition.

The Benefits of Unsweetened Cocoa include:
ü  A healthier heart
ü  Relief from diarrhea
ü  Protection from colon cancer
ü  Improved insulin sensitivity
ü  Improvement of cognitive function
ü  Full of antioxidants (an antioxidant protects the body from cellular damage that free radicals cause)

Cocoa gives your brain a rush of dopamine to fire up your brain’s pleasure receptors. Good mood food. I like it.

Now, let’s not get crazy. Cocoa is used to make desserts and contains a lot of other sugary and fatty ingredients as well. Too much chocolate consumption can be damaging to your health.

Top 10 Benefits of Avocados:
ü  Prostate Cancer Prevention: Avocados have been shown to inhibit the growth of prostate cancer.
ü  Oral Cancer Defense: Research has shown that certain compounds in avocados are able to seek out pre-cancerous and cancerous oral cancer cells and destroy them without harming healthy cells.
ü  Breast Cancer Protection: Avocado, like olive oil, is high in oleic acid, which has been shown to prevent breast cancer in numerous studies.
ü  Eye Health: Avocados have more of the carotenoid lutein than any other commonly consumed fruit. Lutein protects against macular degeneration and cataracts, two disabling age-related eye diseases.
ü  Lower Cholesterol: Avocados are high in beta-sitosterol, a compound that has been shown to lower cholesterol levels. In one study, 45 volunteers experienced an average drop in cholesterol of 17% after eating avocados for only one week.
ü  Heart Health: One cup of avocado has 23% of the recommended daily value of folate. Studies show that people who eat diets rich in folate have a much lower incidence of heart disease than those who don't. The vitamin E, monounsaturated fats, and glutathione in avocado are also great for your heart.
ü  Stroke Prevention: The high levels of folate in avocado are also protective against strokes. People who eat diets rich in folate have a much lower risk of stroke than those who don't.
ü  Better Nutrient Absorption: Research has found that certain nutrients are absorbed better when eaten with avocado. In one study, when participants ate a salad containing avocados, they absorbed five times the amount of carotenoids (a group of nutrients that includes lycopene and beta carotene) than those who didn't include avocados.
ü  Glutathione Source: Avocados are an excellent source of glutathione, an important antioxidant that researchers say is important in preventing aging, cancer, and heart disease.
ü  Vitamin E Powerhouse: Avocados are the best fruit source of vitamin E, an essential vitamin that protects against many diseases and helps maintains overall health.

The Benefits of Dates:
ü  Constipation: Date is termed to be a laxative food. This is the reason that dates are beneficial for people suffering from constipation. For getting the laxative effect from dates, you need to soak dates for one full night in water. You should consume these soaked dates in the morning like syrup to get their actual advantages.
ü  Intestinal Disorders: The nicotinic content that is present in the dates is said to be beneficial for curing any kinds of intestinal disorders. Continuous intake of dates helps to maintain a check on the growth of the pathological organisms and thus, helps in the rise of friendly bacteria in the intestines.
ü  Weight Gain: Dates are said to be a part of healthy diet. They consist of sugar, fats, proteins as well as many essential vitamins. If the dates are consumed with the paste of cucumber, one can easily come out from the problem of over-slimming. One kilogram of dates contains almost 3,000 calories. These calories alone are sufficient to meet the daily requirements of a human body.
ü  Healthy Heart: Dates are quite helpful in maintaining your heart in a healthy condition. When soaked for a night and crushed in the morning and consumed, they prove to be quite advantageous for weak hearts. They help in fortifying the heart, if taken twice in a week.
ü  Sexual Weakness: Dates are even beneficial for increasing sexual stamina in the human body. A handful of dates, when soaked in fresh goat's milk for the night and then grinded in the same milk with the mixture of cardamom powder and honey, becomes a very useful tonic for increasing sex endurance and sterility caused due to functional disorders.
ü  Diarrhea: Ripe dates contain potassium. Potassium is beneficial for controlling diarrhea. They are easily digestible, which helps to cope up with the problems of diarrhea.
ü  Intoxication: Dates are known as an excellent remedy for alcoholic intoxication. Dates provide quick relief in the case of alcoholic intoxication. They should be rubbed and soaked overnight for getting more nutritious values from them.
ü  Abdominal Cancer: Dates are beneficial for curing abdominal cancer. They work as useful tonic for all age groups. They work as better as the medicines, and are natural and do not bear any side effects in the body. They can be easily digested and used for supplying extra and needed energy.

Now. Arent you happy you read to the end? You should now feel smarter than before you read this blog post. You. Are. Welcome!

But seriously, this is a pretty good dessert. Make it for yourself or be nice and share with others.


-- All the Best

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