I used to think I was addicted to chocolate. Used to.
Brownies used to be a weekly thing for me. And by weekly, I mean, daily.
Chocolate is just like any other drug. Yes, I said drug, as in an addictive substance. The longer you stay away from just about anything, the easier it is to avoid, and eventually, you can rid yourself of that nasty word craving.
I still love chocolate, but I've learned to stop using the phrase, I need chocolate. Actually, no, I don't. I want chocolate. I would like some chocolate, but need? No. We use the word need far too often.
People rave about their need for chocolate, and then someone always chimes in with how they can have as much dark chocolate as they want.
Um. Not so much, people. Dark chocolate is still usually full of sugar and chemical nastiness.
I'm not telling you to give up chocolate--but if you're going to use the word need and then exclaim how healthy dark chocolate is, let me just suggest that you read and understand the ingredients before you indulge. If you want the touted benefits of all those antioxidants and flavonols "they" talk about, you can get them from cocoa without all that added sugar and other icky junk.
When I want chocolate, I add cocoa to my eggnog, or I nibble on a tiny piece of unsweetened chocolate. I also like to make hot cocoa, but I make it myself--not with one of those packets of mystery powder--no thanks!
Here are a couple of super-quick recipes for when you want some chocolatey goodness:
Heat water in a teapot. Put 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder in a mug. Once the water is steaming hot, fill the mug--about half full so you don't spill as you stir). Stir quickly to dissolve the cocoa. Then add about a tablespoon of heavy whipping cream--you could use almond milk or regular milk if you prefer. Then add a few drops of liquid stevia--to taste. Top off with more hot water (or cold if you want to drink it sooner!). Keep your spoon handy, because unlike those mystery packets, real cocoa will settle back down to the bottom of your mug.
Stir together 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Add about 1/8 tsp powdered stevia (not granulated--they add junk to that kind). Pour onto a piece of parchment paper on a plate--freeze for a few minutes--it sets up quickly. This makes just enough to get your "fix" without any leftovers. Enjoy!
If you're aware of what's in your food, and why you're eating it, you can leave all that sugary guilt behind. :)
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