It’s that time of year again where we anticipate the onset of Spring and celebrate the renewal of the seasons with everything eggy and chocolate.
Eggs and good chocolate are definitely both foods that, as a Nutritionist, I advise you to include in your diet for vibrant health.
Eggs have taken a bad rap over the years as the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation endorsed ‘fear of fat‘ health fad kicked in and eggs were squeezed off your breakfast table by sugary cereals and juices. In fact eggs make the perfect start to the day as they contain the perfect balance of protein and fat to nourish and satiate the body whilst curbing appetite and crushing mid-morning munchies.
Scramble a couple of organic free range eggs with wilted spinach or pea shoots and search with metabolism boosting sriracha or your favourite hot sauce. Gently cook a fried egg in coconut oil with a sprinkle of anti-inflammatory and anti-cancerous turmeric powder to help prevent joint pain, aid digestion and protect an aging brain, or go the whole hog and treat yourself to Huevos Rancheros for breakfast. A delicious dish of protein, healthy fats, blood sugar balancing black beans and fresh salsa. Find the recipe here.
Good chocolate (not sugar or additive laden candy!) should also be added into your diet and can be eaten on the daily for vibrant health. I have outlined the numerous health benefits of chocolate in an article you can read at your leisure here.
I like to stir raw cacao into a Macca latte in the mid-morning for a burst of energy that does not deplete my adrenal glands like caffeine, I blend raw cacao in to Chocolate Orange Energy Balls as an afternoon pick me up or post workout snack (find the recipe here) and who would not enjoy a couple of squares of organic dark chocolate with the first spring strawberries when it provides anti -ageing antioxidant powers and boosts levels of serotonin, our precious happiness neurotransmitter.
I also use good dark chocolate to make Sugar Free Grain Free Brownies which I shall no doubt be baking this weekend as a family Easter treat. Enjoy a wonderful easter weekend and indulge in the celebration of the holiday knowing that your body will love your for it!
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