Love is in the air here at Pure Joy Culinary Academy. Ever since I got myself into raw food (many Valentine’s days ago), it has been my mission to share Love everywhere I go —through acts of kindness, inspiring words, simple sharing with friends, and most especially through the food that I prepare.
The moment I walk in a kitchen, I think LOVE!
Whenever I handle food, I give LOVE!
And when I finally serve the food, I share LOVE!
While thinking, giving, and sharing love are good things, I think what is most important is to CHOOSE LOVE.
How do I choose love in the kitchen? I make sure that all the ingredients used in my kitchen are harvested and prepared in the most humane way possible and that all of them are good for the body, the mind, and the soul.
It wasn’t always the case. Before I got into raw food, I would eat food laden with sweeteners. And when I say sweeteners, I mean those available in big supermarkets! Those perk-me up sweets that would raise my energy so high one minute and then bring it so low the next. Naturally, I didn’t feel good. It was like love gone amok! I would crave more and more of these sweets and then regret it the next day.
Until one day, I decided that this cannot go on forever. That was when I studied more about health and food and discovered (to my amazement!) that there are such things as low glycemic food and guilt-free sweets.
Living the Sweet Life
While I would still prefer to avoid sweets, it is very comforting to know that there are now alternative sweeteners that have a low glycemic index that I can always use in my kitchen.
My top 5 favorite sweeteners are:
There are many more available in the markets. Just make sure you study about them before even trying them and of course you may always send me your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org (Subject: AskElaina).
Nowadays, it seems that Valentine’s Day has become a lot sweeter. We will never fully know the story of St. Valentine (even the church doesn’t have enough records) but what we do know is that we can always choose love in caring for ourselves and for our loved ones.
And always, it feels good to be in charge of our well-being. That too, is you, choosing love everyday.
I would like to wish you all, A Happy Valentine’s Day!
Enjoy my free Healthy Valentines Chocolates Recipe.
Choose love, always!
1. Blend everything together in a dry (no moisture) blender until smooth. Taste the chocolate for sweetness. (It will be less sweet when you refrigerate it.)
2. Pour into chocolate candy bar molds or onto a large cookie sheet which is lined with wax paper.
3. Let set up in the refrigerator (do not freeze) until set (about 5-10 minutes).
4. Keep stored in the refrigerator for best results but these may be kept at room temperature for a few hours.
Bowl 1: Almond-Cranberry
Bowl 2: Cinnamon-Pecan Bark
Bowl 3: Buckwheat Crispies