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Congratulations to SammiesMom13 and Bravelute for taking on the February Chocolate plus at least 1 red AA selection.

No one entered a chili recipe, though Bravelute experimented. She never got it hot enough to suit her. It made a delicious bean stew, but the cocoa seemed to completely take out any fire.

Most of the offerings for the challenge centered around using cocoa with fruit. But there were also a couple recipes with cacao nibs. Raw chocolate, according to these 2 members is a great addition to fruit, or plain Greek yogurt, or both.

Bravelute swears it did not create a binge. But if you check her food journal, she has eaten strawberries and cocoa or cacao nibs every day. Sometimes with yogurt and honey. Sometimes just the strawberries and cocoa. But it is still only one serving. In her defense, strawberries are in season at the u-pick farm down the road. Sounds like she's at least in a deep rut.

Blueberries will be ripe next!! Yumm.

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I do too! Good for you buying fruits and vegetables.

I see people who obviously have lots of money joining the ranks of the junk food grocery carts. It's a matter of what you have learned, and choices.

If they were to do a camera poll for the evening news, I think we'd see lots of people from all the different tax brackets who think chocolate chip cookies are an acceptable "side dish" or that donuts are a "Whole food." ; )

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2/18/13 7:20 P

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I get food stamps, and I find the idea that you can buy ramen noodles and Lucky Charms with FS distressing. (There are other processed foods, but those two were the first to come to mind.) I eat pretty healthy on my FS. I buy a lot of fruit and veggies.

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2/17/13 12:22 P

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The worst is people who learned as children to be "picky eaters" and then teach their children the same thing rather than offering foods without preformed opinions. My kids were raised with the rule (I was a tough mom! LOL)- if you say "I don't like that" you got another spoonful. That went for adults (mom and dad) too. My kids ate everything. Doesn't mean they liked everything but they ate it. Now there is very little they won't eat. They were good and healthy, my oldest never missed a day of school! Ever! Grandkids when they were little were taught to love fruits and veggies, infact we had to withhold them so they would eat their meats, etc. If we wanted to get them a treat, instead of candy they LOVED things like special fruits- pomegranate, kiwi, etc. I taught myself nutrition back then and was very careful how I cooked. I'm now trying to continue that healthy learning. :)

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2/17/13 11:58 A

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Yes, I admit it. I'm a cart watcher, too. And when I see a junk-food filled cart, I finally look up into the eyes of a frantic mom with kids in tow. And you're right, none of them look healthy. I want to give them my bag of apples, but I'm afraid they'd throw them at me.

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Your welcome. Perhaps as we get used to some of the new flavors and things I can continue to cut back, this was not all that sweet, the choc. "bitterness" did come thru a bit. But I need to take it in steps and since DH is so willing I don't want to blow it. :)
Everything we had was pretty good for us, the stew with the beans, bulgar, barley, sweet potato, etc. and the salad (yes, it had jellow to hold it together. emoticon ) But all good things in it and then to "chomp" on, lovely carrots, celery, broccoli, cabbage (red and green). And garlic toast to help fill up DH. All homemade, no processed. We may not eat perfect but we do eat better than alot of folks I see. It's interesting to watch what people buy at the grocery store. :) I kind of get "nosy" as I'm bagging up my groceries. Some buy good stuff, others just awful. Processed and junk food. They usually don't look healthy either.

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I might not use sugar, but I'd definitely switch out for honey or maple syrup. I am amazed at how good cocoa tastes with strawberries. And I have the grapes and blueberries(from the Dollar Tree) are in the freezer. This will be tonight's snack!! or tomorrow's breakfast with yogurt.

Thanks for experimenting and sharing!!

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OK, I did it, and it turned out well. DH really liked it. You guys might not make/use it as I did use a little sugar but not alot. Here it is:

Strawberries, red grapes and blueberries, washed and cleaned.

I very finely chopped up some of the grapes which ofcourse made a juice. I mashed 2 strawberries, then mixed them with the grapes. I added 2 t. of cocoa powder and 1.5 t. sugar, and 3 dashes of cinnamon to make a chocolate "sauce".

Dished up the berries and put some of the sauce over. We really liked it. emoticon

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It's definitely the season for strawberries. I found 3 boxes for $5 at my market outside the development yesterday. Delicious!!

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I haven't forgotten, just haven't had the chance to get what I need. We don't go shopping too often. I need to get strawberries and am waiting for when DH is here to enjoy as well. He's gone so much it's hard. Hoping for this week as it's not only V-Day, it's his B-day as well. He's my REAL valentine! LOL.

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Cacao Nibs #4

This is becoming an all-time favorite, versatile food. If you haven't gone to a whole foods store to treat yourself to them yet, find some room in your budget to treat yourself to this healthy whole food this week!!

Beware, just as with most other packaged foods, some companies do some extra processing besides crunching the cacao beans. What you are looking for here is the whole bean chopped. Read the ingredients and be sure no fat or sweetener was added.

Yesterday, I threw a cup of sliced strawberries, a cup of those Dollar tree blueberies (defrosted), and a small banana sliced into a bowl. I added half a serving of sliced almonds and half a serving of cacao nibs. No sweeteners added at all, other than the natural sweetness in the fruit.

This should have been the original recipe for ambrosia. I fixed it again for breakfast.

What a nice gift this would be to take a fresh fruit salad to your next covered dish or picnic, sprinkled with almonds and healthy cacao nibs.

The ETL site had a recommendation to freeze leftovers, etc. in muffin pans and pop the "hockey pucks" out and store in ziploc bags.

I wonder what the mix would be like if you froze it in muffin pans for snacks? I think the almonds would get soggy. Might switch to walnuts to freeze.Or leave the nuts out and sprinkle them on to serve later. Not sure about the cacao nibs. Worth a delicious try!!

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That sounds really yummy!

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3rd Cacao Nibs

Cashew butter and Nibs dip for Apple Wedges

My calorie range went up another 100 points today. I'd been having trouble getting to 1360, but today, 1460 seemed impossible. So I jacked up the snack and thought of our challenge. This was the best yet!! And very easy, if you have the Nibs and Cashew butter on hand! AND, NO, I did not forget the sweetener. I think that would ruin this.

Measure 1 Tablespoon cashew butter and 1 Tablespoon Cacao Nibs into an individual serving bowl. Stir to combine. Place in the center of a plate.

Core and slice a slightly tart apple. (a corer makes fast work of this!)

Arrange the apple wedges around the dip dish.

297 calories total. Share with someone and cut the calories in half. I would also enjoy this for breakfast. Might be good to either blend in a banana or eat the banana with the dip.

Another thought is to add a little plain, lowfat Greek Yogurt to make it a little dippier without adding more fats.



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2nd Cacao Nibs recipe:

Cacao Nib Smoothie:

1 cup almond breeze
2 T cacao nibs
1 cup red berries
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. nutmeg
1 cup fresh spinach
a frozen banana if you wish

Blend well. I used raspberries and strawberries, but don't like all the seeds. Otherwise, the Nibs were pulverized. Flavor delicious!! Will make again with banana and cherries, or just banana.

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Here's my first entry. For me in this challenge, I am going to attempt to NOT use chocolate candy of any kind, no sugar either. I might do something with sweetener of some kind during Valentines week, but I really want to develop recipes that might provide something the body needs when it craves chocolate, without feeding the addictive qualities of the processed candy.

So the first contribution is a Tossed Salad.. . .

For one salad:
2 cups romaine (or spinach, or whatever you like) chopped
1 half onion, chopped
1 clementine, peeled and pulled apart (small tangerine)
1 cup strawberries
.5 ounce (cacao nibs) (.5 serving)
2 T basalmic vinegar

I assemble in the order stated, ending with the cacao nibs on top of the strawberries. I thought that would help me taste the nibs with each bite. And it did, and I enjoyed the bitter crunch with the strawberries.

Some still fell to the bottom of the bowl, and soaked in the vinegar. That was the best part of the salad! Next time, I'll marinate the nibs in the vinegar while I prep the rest of the salad. I'm even wondering about blending the nibs with the vinegar to make a dressing.

So far, I'm not even thinking of going to the donut shop for a donut!!

Very interesting way to include chocolate.

Cacao nibs are chopped cacao berries, a whole food that hasn't gone through all the processing. They might seem pricey for a 6 - 8 ounce bag, but if you compare the price of a serving with the price for what we pay for a candy bar, I think you'll be surprised.

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Me too. I have an idea of what I want to do. :)

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In honor of Valentines Day, our February Anti-Angiogenic challenge will involve combining:

Chocolate or cocoa powder with something red on the Anti-Angiogenic full food list.

To earn your goodie, you must report back to this thread and tell us what you made, and how it was received.

Deadline: February 28.

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New product I found at the health food store: Cacao Nibs
Very bitter, but a couple of small chips satisfies any desire I have for chocolate. The package says they are a snack, kind of like nuts.



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