Advertisement -- Learn more about ads on this site.

    BRAVELUTE   103,606
100,000-149,999 SparkPoints

A Cacao Valentine for You

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack
This special treat will keep you on TRACK!
361 calories, 48 carbs, 11 fats, 20 protein

Or share it with your special someone after your holiday meal.

And it is 100% anti-angiogenic. That's a good thing for you because food with anti-angiogenic properties help you defeat fat cells, cancer cells, heart disease, arthritis, and a whole lot more, according to Dr. William Li.

That sounds pretty amazing, but we tend to stay clear of food that older people tell us is good for us. I still remember spinach cooked beyond recognition.

So I'll tell you the other unbelievable part. This is a beautiful picture of chocolate goodness. And, at least for me, it does NOT launch a major attack of the chocolate binge monster!!

Want to know how to do it? You can just chop and combine everything. Or slice your strawberry hearts, mix yogurt with cocoa and honey, arrange in blossom fashion and sprinkle with cacao nibs. Serve with a cold glass of water and a pot of tea.

Slice 1 cup of Strawberries into lengthwise halves. (Hint: use your knife to cut off the cap leaving a "canal". Slice across the canal as you cut the berry in half so that it resembles a heart)

Mix well:
3/4 cup no-fat Chobani Greek Yogurt
1 Tablespoon honey
1/2 Tablespoon plain cocoa powder

Place 3 strawberries on your serving plate. Mound the Yogurt mixture over the top. Create the blossom by sticking the pointed end of strawberry halves into the yogurt. Start at the plate level working around the mound. Move up about an inch and alternate placement creating an petal or artichoke look.

Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of cacao nibs. Give it a try! Give yourself a delicious Cacao Valentine. Enjoy!!

What's that? What are cacao nibs?? Well, they are the cacao bean chopped up into little niblets. Cacao beans grow on the trunk of the cacao tree, are harvested, fermented and processed into the chocolate you know in your candy, the chocolate you know that awakens that chocolate binge monster.

Cacao nibs are the whole food before the manufacturers get hold of it. I find mine at my local health food store. They haven't found their way into any grocery I have available yet.

Cacao beans have more of those healthy things that fight off cancer than any other food. And you get ALL of that in cacao nibs. At least half is lost through processing on the way to your chocolate candy that you crave.

Want to know more about chocolate and caco beans?

If you'd like to learn more about anti-angiogenic foods and what they can do for YOU, we have a team her on Spark People: Eat to Defeat Fat Cells, Cancer Cells, and More . . .

You can find links to Dr. Li's video at, and also a link to the anti-angiogenic food list at And you are also welcome to join us as we learn more about how to prevent lots of health issues with WHAT we eat.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PHEBESS 2/14/2013 5:38PM

    Mmmmm, I love cacao nibs - I eat them straight!

I also make "brownie yogurt" - mix your nonfat Greek yogurt with cocoa powder and stevia, then add some chopped nuts - great snack or "dessert"!!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BRAVELUTE 2/14/2013 5:18PM

    Christina, the 6 petal plate is mine. I own 4. I found them at a local department store. They also had bowls you could purchase, but I didn't. I like to use them with my new way of eating. Everything always looks so bright and cheerful on the plates. AND you have lots of opportunities to use the 6 petals creatively!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
POPSY190 2/14/2013 4:58PM

    Looks wonderful.

Report Inappropriate Comment
CHRISTINASP 2/14/2013 3:17PM

    PS Is that your crockery set? I think it must be 'cause it's the same plate as on the pic on your sparkpage. It looks lovely!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LESLIELENORE 2/14/2013 2:47PM


Report Inappropriate Comment
CHRISTINASP 2/14/2013 11:49AM

    Oh, that's a cute idea! For today it's too late for me but I'll save this and make it for my honey later!
Very creative. Thank you for sharing !

Comment edited on: 2/14/2013 11:51:16 AM

Report Inappropriate Comment
SHARJOPAUL 2/14/2013 9:30AM

    Sounds wonderful

Report Inappropriate Comment

Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

Log in to post a comment.

Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.