Double Chocolate Cashew Cream

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Double Chocolate Cashew Cream

Positive Vitality Double Chocolate Cashew Cream is gluten free, wheat free, dairy free, free from processed sugar, Vegan, Paleo and Raw.

Double Chocolate Cashew Cream is incredibly nutritious, indulgent but a guilt-free chocolate treat.

Ingredients:

  • 200 gr Cashew Nuts
  • 200 ml Coconut Milk, full fat
  • 2 heaped Tbs Raw Cacao Powder,
  • 1/3 cup Dates, fresh or dried

Preparation:

  1. Soak the cashew nuts in coconut milk for min 2 hours
  2. Soak the dates in small amount of water for 3-5 hours
  3. Place cashew nuts together with the coconut milk in a blending container, add dates (without the soaking water, you can use it as a sweetener for other stuff) and taco powder
  4. Blend all until smooth
  5. Spoon out the mixture into a small bowl and place in a fridge for 10 – 15 minutes
  6. Decorate with seasonal fruits to add more colours to the dessert

 

IMG_2953Health Benefts:

Cashew nuts are abundant sources of essential minerals. Minerals, especially manganese, potassium, copper, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium are concentrated in these nuts. A handful of cashew nuts a day in the diet would provide enough of these minerals and may help prevent deficiency diseases.

Selenium is an important micronutrient, which functions as a co-factor for antioxidant enzymes such as Glutathione peroxidases, one of the most powerful antioxidants in the body. Copper is a cofactor for many vital enzymes, including cytochrome c-oxidase and superoxide dismutase (other minerals function as co-factors for this enzyme are manganese and zinc). Zinc is a co-factor for many enzymes that regulate growth and development, gonadal function, digestion, and DNA (nucleic acid) synthesis.

Cashews are also good in many essential vitamins such as pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), riboflavin, and thiamin (vitamin B-1). 100 g nuts provide 0.147 mg or 32% of daily-recommended levels of pyridoxine. Pyridoxine reduces the risk of homocystinuria, and sideroblastic anemia. Niacin helps prevent “pellagra” or dermatitis. Additionally, these vitamins are essential for metabolism of protein, fat, and carbohydrates at the cellular level.

Raw 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 fibre, 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 is super healthy, it improves insulin sensitivity and block fat storage, also in patients with type 2 diabetes, therefore it is supporting a healthy weight loss. It is also antimicrobial, it has antioxidant and antistress properties and it support s healthy hearth. Coconut fat is a type of fat that we shouldn’t be afraid of and we should use it as often as possible. Not only coconut fat is digested different and converted into energy other than being stored in our fat tissue.

Berries are a wonderful source of antioxidants. The antioxidants in berries can help your body fight oxidative stress caused by free radicals that can lead to illness. Eating a diet rich in antioxidants can help improve your health, protect your skin and hair, and prevent certain diseases. All fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants, but nutrient-rich berries are some of the absolute best sources.

There are several powerful antioxidants that appear in berries, including anthocyanins, quercetin, and vitamin C. Anthocyanins give berries their vibrant color, reduce inflammation, and may help prevent and manage arthritis. Anthocyanins work together with quercetin to help slow age-related memory-loss. Quercetin can also decrease the inflammatory effects of chemicals in the synovial fluid of the joints for people with inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis.

Vitamin C is another strong antioxidant found in berries. It is largely responsible for the health of collagen, which helps maintain cartilage stores and aids in joint flexibility. Eating vitamin C–rich berries will contribute to radiant skin and healthy hair, and may reduce the risk of arthritis, cataracts, and macular degeneration.

In addition to antioxidants, berries are great for losing weight because they fill you up quickly, since their high water content bumps up the volume while driving down the calories. Berries also contain fiber and folate. Fiber aids in weight loss and helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Folate may protect against cardiovascular disease and age-related memory loss, and since folate contributes to the production of serotonin, it may also help ward off depression and improve your mood.

 

By | 2017-06-09T08:13:57+00:00 July 12th, 2016|Desserts, Paleo, Raw Food, Recipes, Vegan|0 Comments

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.

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