MOOD FOOD

Avocado and Cacao Chocolate Mousse.

 
 

Not only is this a delicious way to satisfy that sweet craving, it's actually good for you, and your moods.  Before we get to the recipe, let's have a quick chat about good fats.

FATS are not the enemy!

At some point in your life you've probably taken the fat-free road to eating because that was supposed to be the healthier option. Thankfully, we've learnt in recent years that fats (the right ones at least) are not the enemy and excluding them from our diet is actually what is bad for us!

Fat is essential for brain, hormone and metabolic functioning.  For those with anxiety, depression, hormonal imbalances and low libido, including fats in the diet are an absolute MUST!  Increasing fat and having some with each meal is one of the best ways to stabilise sugar-driven mood and anxiety fluctuations.  In other words, if you get "hangry", you need more good fats.

Before you get excited and order a deep fried kabana, it's important to remember that there are good fats, and bad fats.  Food which you should include as a source of good fats are:

  • Nuts and seeds (e.g. macadamia nuts, walnuts, almonds, brazil nuts, pepitas, sunflower seeds)
  • Nut butters
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Ghee
  • Coconut oil
  • Coconut cream and milk
  • Organic, grass-fed butter (and other dairy unless you're dairy-free)
  • Avocado
  • Oily fish suchas salmon, anchovies and sardines
  • Organic, free-range eggs

Cacao vs Cocoa - What's the deal?

Nope, it's not just a grammatical anomaly, there actually is a difference between the two.

Raw cacao is made by cold pressing the cacao beans. This process helps to retain the goodness of the beans (such as the high antioxidant value) and contributes to it's many health properties.

Cocoa on the other hand is made by roasting at high temperatures which changes the molecular structure, destroys the enzymes and negates many of the nutritional benefits.

If you'd like to read more on this topic, take a look at the following link: https://iquitsugar.com/raw-cacao-vs-cocoa-whats-the-difference/

Chocolate for mood.

Chocolate fixes everything, right? Broke your toe? Broke up with your boyfriend? Lost your dog? Eat chocolate!  Thankfully, there's actually a good reason for doing this - provided you're having good quality chocolate such as a 70% + dark chocolate, or making your own with a raw cacao.

I use cacao in many of my recipes as it contains a high level of magnesium whichis one the most important minerals required for hormone and neurotransmitter production. Inadequate levels of magnesium can affect your sleep, moods, and heighten the stress response.

Therefore, magnesium is required to support a healthy nervous system, reduce anxiety, symptoms of PMS and mild depression.

The Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 a large avocado
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 2 Heaped Tbsp Raw, organic, cacao powder
  • 1 Tbsp honey (or good quality maple syrup)
  • pinch of Himalayan salt
  • 1 tspn cacao nibs
  • 1 tspn desiccated coconut
  • Fruit of your choice but I like strawberries and blueberries in mine.

Instructions:

1. Put the avocado, coconut milk, cacao powder, honey and salt into a blender or food processor and blend on high until smooth and creamy.

2. Pour into 2 small cups or bowls and garnish with fruit and 1/2 each of the desiccated coconut and cacao nibs.

3. Serves 2 but it doesn't need to!

It's a simple as that!  Takes a couple of minutes to prepare and you're probably going to knock your guests' socks off if you serve this at a dinner party.

 
 

ENJOY!