What you may not realize is that cravings are your body’s way of telling you it needs something or perhaps that something is ‘off’. Cravings often indicate nutritional deficiencies, food intolerance, and yes even addictions to substances like sugar, salt, fat. Chocolate too.
This incredible vehicle that houses our soul - our body - is doing all it can to operate at an optimum level yet it needs you to provide the essentials. This includes a variety of nutrient dense foods. Consider cravings to be a call, text or email from your body saying ‘hey there, I need something from you.’ That something isn’t necessarily more calories, its more nutrients as in vitamins, minerals and trace minerals, healthy fats, fiber and amino acids.
Consider cravings to be a call, text or email from your body saying ‘hey there, I need something from you. Now its up to you to figure out what it is you may need.
Hint - in this post there is a truffle-like power ball to the rescue.
In this case your craving is similar to any substance addict - you need a 'fix' to help you feel better. Sadly it's short lived so you 'crave' another hit. A vicious cycle ensues.
When it comes to a conversational call from your body craving certain foods it may be related to nutrient deficiencies such as vitamins and minerals.
Nutrient deficiencies such as magnesium, chromium and calcium are often triggers for something sweet or salty or both. Instead of reaching for the first thing you see how about giving yourself a snack that both sates the craving as well as nourishes the body.
Nutrient dense, yummy food is what I am all for as you likely know if you follow me. Having you feel as great as you possibly can, acing fabulous energy levels, aging with grace and yes looking your best too. Today the focus is on magnesium deficiency and chocolate cravings. Yes this is what your body wants when you crave chocolate.
Approximately 80% of us are magnesium deficient! Given this, it’s no wonder so many people crave chocolate. I confess, I really, really love my chocolate (and yes I take magnesium supplements every day. Still I do have a dose of quality chocolate now and again. Rather than reaching for a store-bought chocolate bar however, let me share with you this truly delish recipe for one of my most popular chocolate truffles. Its divine.
SUPER STAMINA COCOA-COCONUT TRUFFLES
- Snack, pre-workout fuel, snack
- Makes approx 24 balls or one 8 x 8 inch baking dish
- Raw / Vegan / Gluten, Soy and Peanut free
2/3 cup raw cacao powder Raw Cacao is a fabulous source of anti-oxidants and minerals such as iron, calcium and magnesium
1½ cup almonds, finely ground A calcium rich ‘alkaline’ protein that will not cause inflammation
1/2 cup organic coconut, small flakes, unsweetened
3/4 cup Medjool fresh dried dates, pitted (Mineral rich source of whole food and energy providing carbs)
¼ cup Maison Orphee extra virgin organic coconut oil Gently warmed to melt. A medium chain saturated fatty acid providing an easily digested and instantly accessed source of energy.)
¼ tsp fine grey sea salt (A source of trace minerals - electrolytes.)
1 – 2 heaping tsp Maca powder Amazing for enhancing stamina.
Hemp seeds, to sprinkle bars or roll balls in (Omega 3 rich)
Optional 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Process cacao powder, coconut and almonds until well mixed.
- Add dates, coconut oil and sea salt; puree until mixture sticks together. If needed add a little more coconut oil or dates to adjust texture to desired stickiness and level of sweetness.
- Shape into 1 inch balls, or press into an 8 x 8 square baking dish pressing down firmly and evenly and cut into bars.
- Roll balls (truffles) in hemp seeds or sprinkle hemp seeds over the bars. Chill for a minimum of one hour. For bars, cut into desired size and wrap individually in parchment paper. Store in fridge or freezer for 2 – 3 weeks.
Add 1 scoop of Sunwarrior Protein Blend or www.sunwarrior.com
1 - 2 heaping tsp Maca Root Powder
1 – 2 tsp Raw Cacao nibs
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- Prefer whole food sources of fat then sub in coconut butter instead of coconut oil.
- Can't eat nuts? Sub in sunflower or pumpkin seeds.
This recipe is inspired from my research on sports fueling. Like all of my recipes, I focus on using whole ‘real food’ natural ingredients that deliver mother nature’s perfect ‘full spectrum’ of nutrients. For more protein power, add 2 scoops of the Sunwarrior Protein Powder along with 4 additional dates. The recipe is intended to deliver fast, sustaining energy that provides trace nutrients and electrolytes. Adjust the ingredient amounts to meet ‘your’ specific needs for you know your body’s response best.
This is one chocolate craving snack hack that I am confident you will just love. Make these ever so yum power balls and let me know what you think. Its always a joy hearing from you. And stay tuned to the blog.
Next month I will tackle another crazy craving - this time sugar and provide you with some great ideas to alleviate this. Whole-self health is my passion and I am here to help you feel the very best you can and enjoy the ride en route.
PS - if you're not up to making your own chocolate treats or simply cant' wait then check out the fabulous, premium quality chocolate from www.rawelements.ca such as Love Chock and Sacred Chocolate and the butters from Jem.
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