Tuesday, 7 December 2010

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Chocolate Smoothie/Chokolade Smoothie/巧克力沙冰雪糕 [qiǎo kè lì shā bīng xuě gāo]


Preparation and Cooking time: 5 minutes

Introduction:
Despite protest from Danish schools, it is getting more and more widespread that parents bring cakes, cookies, ice-cream, etc. to school to celebrate a kid’s birthday. With all these temptations, how can I bring J up to continue to eat healthy? What should I do if he comes home from childcare and ask me for chocolate? I cannot shield him from all the junk food, but I can give him more choices by introducing him to yummy yet wholesome desserts. Thank God, I found this super easy and nutritious raw chocolate recipe and many other yummy delicious dessert recipes that I can easily make in 5 minutes for myself and J to bring and share it with his future friends :-).

This is a really yummy recipe. You have got to try it to believe me!

Ingredients:
- 1 teaspoon of organic pure raw chocolate powder (you can buy on-line from www.therawchocolatecompany.com) or vanilla
- ½ cup of unsalted/unsweetened cashew nuts
- ½ cup of skimmed fresh milk
- 1 sweet dried date

Directions:
Mix all the ingredients into a mini blender to minimise wastage and blend, pour into a glass and enjoy :-)

Tips:
1. Make into ice-cream by freezing it in the freezer.

2. The nut milk tastes super on its own without chocolate powder or vanilla as well.

3. If you prefer, you can blend with frozen banana to create an rich and creamy instant chocolate banana ice-cream.

4. If you prefer, you can add sliced banana and chopped nuts to make it more chunky.

Storage:
Pour into ice-cube tray and freeze. Take one out for a snack to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Nutritional value:
Raw cacao is one of the richest sources of anti-oxidants, including flavonoids and heart-nurturing polyphenols. It is also jam packed with minerals such as iron, zinc and magnesium. It also contains neurotransmitters like serotonin, which helps keep the feel-good chemicals in your brain active and buzzing for a long time after you've had your chocolate!

Note:
This is not for small kids, as it contains Cacao. You can substitute the Cacao powder with carob powder if you want to serve it to small kids.

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Additional information:
Ice-cream is creamy because it is full of the unhealthy fats and lots of sugar. On the contrary, this simple recipe is made from raw chocolate and skimmed fresh milk, made creamy from the good fats derived from nuts, and sweetened with natural sweetness from dried dates.

Buy only raw chocolates, as most chocolates from the super-market are highly processed with added sugar and chemicals. However, raw chocolate is processed minimally without adding sugar and without using high heat, thus, retaining its nutrients.

I love chocolate and I love ice-cream, and now I don’t have to give up eating chocolate in order to pursue a healthy diet. On the contrary, I can now eat chocolate without feeling guilty – by eating chocolate made from pure raw chocolate and sweeten it with fruits like sweet dates and know that I am actually receiving nutrition into my body, instead of just pure fats.

References:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMdukV-_vhE

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