Chocolate Power Porridge

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Chocolate Power Porridge

Positive Vitality’s Chocolate Porridge with Hazelnuts and Goji is Vegan, Vegetarian, Raw, Paleo

Ingredients:

6-8 servings

  • 150gr Hazelnuts, raw
  • 250gr Oats, gluten free
  • 3 heaped Tbs Raw Cacao Powder
  • 3 heaped Tbs Goji Berries
  • 1 heaped tsp (per portion) Raw Coconut Oil

Preparation: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 165C.
  2. Place hazelnuts on a baking tray and to the oven.
  3. Roast the hazelnuts for 30-45min until slightly brown and crunchy.  Cool it down.
  4. In a blending container/food processor place roasted hazelnuts, oats, cacao and goji berries.
  5. Blend all ingredients for a few seconds to crush the hazelnuts and goji berries.
  6. When all combined transfer to a large glass jar and store in a cool place.
  7. To cook shimmer in coconut milk/water fro 2-3 minutes, add raw coconut oil at the end for an extra energy kick.

Health benefits:

Cocoa: 2 tbsp. serving of cocoa contains just 25 calories and 1.5 g of fat. It also provides you with 3.6 g of fiber, which is 14 percent of the daily value, and 8 percent of the daily value of iron and 14 percent of the daily value of magnesium. Cocoa also contains approximately 43.6 mg of flavonoids per gram. Flavonoids are part of a powerful group of antioxidants known as polyphenols, and cocoa is one of the highest polyphenol-containing foods. In addition, hot cocoa contains more antioxidants per cup than a serving of red wine or tea.

Cocoa contains the substance phenethylamine, which is a neurotransmitter found in the brain that acts as a mood elevator and natural antidepressant. Cocoa may also have the ability to boost endorphins and serotonin, which is the neurotransmitter that antidepressants target in order to boost overall happiness levels. More than that cocoa supports healthy looking skinenhances the immune system and brain function.

Coconut: eating coconut meat appears to protect against heart disease and stroke as well. As it turns out, coconut meat’s measurable vitamins A and E, and polyphenols and phytosterols, all work together to decrease the levels of LDL cholesterol, which are fats that stay in the blood and in skin tissues and high levels of which have been found a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases.

The MCTs in coconut are converted into ketone bodies as well which show potential as a replacement energy substrate for the brain, potentially offering a dietary therapy approach to alleviating the symptoms and possibly even preventing  the onset of neurological diseases. Moreover using ketones instead of glucose as energy source we teach our bodies how to burn fat as a fuel and become leaner.

Goji berries are nutrient powerhouse with many healing properties. They are known to boost energy levels, improve neurologic/psychologic traits, support better gastrointestinal health and bowel functions, help build stronger musculoskeletal systems, and improve cardiovascular health.

Goji berry healing properties  include the ability to naturally treat diabetes, hypertension, infectious diseases, and common illnesses like the cold or a fever. They’ve also been used to fight depression and anxiety or other mood disorders. They’re a great source of antioxidants known as beta-carotene, plus other phytonutrients that help protect skin and eye health. Thanks to their ability to reduce blood glucose, regulate cholesterol levels and keep triglycerides at an ideal balance, they’re also shown to prevent heart disease.

Hazelnuts are rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids like oleic as well as essential fatty acid, linoleic acid that helps lower LDL or bad cholesterol and rise HDL or good cholesterol.

Hazels are exceptionally rich in folate, which is a unique feature for the nuts. 100 g fresh nuts carry 113 µg; that is, about 28% recommended daily intake of this vitamin. Folate is an important B-complex vitamin that helps prevent megaloblastic anemia, and most importantly, neural tube defects in the newborn.

Hazel nuts are an excellent source of vitamin E; contain about 15 g per 100 g (providing100% of RDA). Vitamin E is a powerful lipid soluble antioxidant required for maintaining the integrity of cell membrane of mucusa and skin by protecting it from harmful oxygen-free radicals

Besides being rich in folates, they are packed with many other important B-complex groups of vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, and pyridoxine (vitamin B-6). Also they are rich source of minerals like manganese, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium. Copper and manganese are essential co-factors for anti-oxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Iron helps prevent microcytic-anemia. Magnesium and phosphorus are important components of bone metabolism.

 

 

By | 2017-01-31T20:44:57+00:00 November 7th, 2016|Breakfast, Paleo, Raw Food, Recipes, Vegan|Comments Off on Chocolate Power Porridge

About the Author:

Ola Van Zyl is Owner of Positive Vitality Nutritional Therapy, Health Coach, Corporate Nutrition Specialist, Sports Nutrition Specialist and Public Speaker. Ola is a graduate of the Institute of Health Sciences in Nutritional Therapy, Dietary Counselling and Functional Sports Nutrition. She is a member of Nutritional Therapists of Ireland. In her work Ola applies the latest theories and research in nutrition, functional medicine and coaching to achieve optimum health. She works with groups and individuals, helping them to gain more energy, to lose weight, to manage stress, improve sleep quality and mood, as well as increase physical performance. Ola believes that nutrition is the key to long and vibrant live and she is very passionate about creating nutritious and delicious recipes to encourage healthy eating.