Most of have experienced the impulse to reach for chocolate during times of emotional stress, and it turns out that there are some very compelling bio-chemical reasons we find chocolate so soothing (for a short time).
Cacao contains a natural compound called phenylethylamine, which is a stimulant that can produce feelings of euphoria, pleasure and joy.
Cacao is also rich in a compound called anandamide, which is a natural chemical that acts as a neurotransmitter that can help regulate mood, and can produce feelings of pleasure and relaxation.
Essentially, when you eat foods containing cacao, you feel better because it’s quite literally making a chemical difference in your brain!
Additionally, Raw Organic Cacao is high in iron and is one of the highest plant-based sources of magnesium, the most deficient mineral in the Western world. Magnesium is important for restorative sleep, healthy muscles and a healthy heart and nervous system. Magnesium also helps turn glucose into energy, enabling your brain to work with laser-sharp clarity and focus.
But there is a down-side (or several actually). Commercially produced chocolate can be highly addictive because of the combined pleasure-stimulating effects of cacao and sugar.
This simple, satisfying treat uses one packet of the very healthy Harvest Pantry Chocolate, Blackcurrant, or Mocha Bliss Ball Mix, formed into 28 small balls.
For those in Stage 5 (the Stage after weight loss) please use this mix as it is. It’s been especially designed for you!
However, if you’re a dark chocolate lover you can add an extra tsp or 2 of raw cacao powder and coconut oil. Or you might prefer to just roll the balls in raw cacao powder instead of the coconut provided.
For those in Stage 6 or beyond, you may include the following suggestions (with the guidance of your coach).
Add all or some of the following to your bliss ball mix
- Swap 2-3 Tbsp of the orange juice for brandy, rum or whisky
- Add 4 squares of finely diced dark chocolate (72% or higher)
- Add 3 Tbsp currants and 1-2 Tbsp of extra butter or coconut oil
- OR soak 1/4 cup of raisins in the orange juice/rum mix for 10 minutes then add 1 extra Tbsp of coconut oil or butter
Don’t deny yourself the wonderful benefits of raw cacao! Enjoy healthy cacao-rich treats when the occasion arises – without guilt!