It’s a LOVEly day to choose LOVE!

 

I choose love

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 ​L​ove 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.

Choosing 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 decide​d​ 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 l​ow glycemic index that I can always use in my kitchen.

My top 5 favorite sweeteners are:

  1. Stevia
  2. Lakanto
  3. Lucuma
  4. Mesquite
  5. Xylitol

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 info@purejoyculinaryacademy.com (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.

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I would like to wish you all, A Happy Valentine’s Day​!  

Enjoy​ my free Healthy Valentines Chocolates Recipe.

Choose love, always!

Elaina Love

 
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Healthy Valentines Chocolates
by Elaina Love

Dark Chocolate:

1 cup melted cacao butter
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1 1/2 cups cacao or coco powder
1/2 cup lucuma powder (if you don’t have lucuma add carob powder or mesquite powder)
2 tsp. vanilla extract (or Vanilla essence found on Pure Joy Planet)
30 drops caramel essence (Pure Joy Planet) or 2 tsp. butterscotch extract
1 1/2 tsp. white stevia powder with no additives (Sweet Leaf Brand)
1/2 tsp. high mineral salt

 

White Chocolate:

1 cup melted cacao butter
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
2 cups finely ground macadamia nuts or shredded coconut (ground to a powder)​ or 1 cup macadamia or coconut butter
1/4 cup lucuma powder (if you don’t have lucuma add more macadamia nuts or coconut shreds, but be sure they are well powdered or even in butter form)​
2 tsp. vanilla extract (or ​20 drops ​Vanilla essence found on Pure Joy Planet)
30 drops ​white chocolate essence (Pure Joy Planet) or butterscotch essence​ (optional)​
1 1/2 tsp. white stevia powder with no additives (Sweet Leaf Brand)
1/2 tsp. high mineral salt

 

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.

 

Additions:

Divide the batter into 3 bowls:

 

Bowl 1: Almond-Cranberry

3 TBS powdered coconut sugar or xylitol (powder in a coffee grinder)
1/2 – 1 cup chopped almonds (soaked and dehydrated first if possible)
1/4 – 1/2 cup dried cranberries (apple juice sweetened)

 

Bowl 2: Cinnamon-Pecan Bark

3 TBS powdered coconut sugar or xylitol (powder in a coffee grinder)
1/2 – 1 cup chopped pecans (soaked and dehydrated first if possible)
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon powder or 10 drops cinnamon oil

 

Bowl 3: Buckwheat Crispies

3 TBS powdered coconut sugar or xylitol (powder in a coffee grinder)
1 cup soaked and dehydrated buckwheat

 

Instructions:

Mix additions into your chocolate and pour into your favorite holiday chocolate moods or in a small chocolate candy cups (like mini peanut butter cups).

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