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3/27/15 2:37 P

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Delicious snack: Slice and core 1 Asian Pear, though it would work with any other pear. I believe the sugar content might be lower in Asian pears??

Put the slices in a small plastic bag.

Add 1 tablespoon cocoa powder. Shake until all the cocoa is stuck on the pear.

Bake at 350 F for about 20 minutes (on parchment paper) or microwave for 1.5 minutes.


I've done the same thing with pineapple, and while it's good, it's too sweet for me. Perhaps it needed a scant sprinkling of salt?

That being said, I love the pear/chocolate combination. Wonderful when I get that craving. And keeps me away from candy bars which trigger the desire to binge, and I hate to have to fight bingeing!!



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2/16/13 10:01 P

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I have posted and blogged about the virtues of cacao nibs. So I'm going to finish up this week with my favorite concoction of the week: Chocolate Yogurt.

Absolutely brilliant texture! It actually gets thicker and shiny. I prefer

Mix 1 cup Chobani plain Non-Fat Greek Yogurt, 1 T honey, 1/2 T - 1 T powdered cocoa to taste. Stir well. It's even better if you cover and refrigerate overnight. If you MUST have it sweeter, add another teaspoon or two of honey.

Add sliced strawberries for breakfast. Add your favorite nuts. I think it's better than mousse. Have it for a snack. Use for frosting on a cupcake or cake, or a filling for a chocolate pie (just double the amounts and divide into 6 -8 servings. Or keep it simple and serve with a chocolate wafer.

And finally, for that bit of crunchiness, add a tablespoon or two of cacao nibs! ; )

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1/28/13 9:02 P

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In honor of Valentines Day with its emphasis on love, diamonds, and chocolate, our February challenge features chocolate.

So this week, we will feature chocolate and cocoa powder. Both are on the anti-angiogenic food list.

Cacao grows in a pod on a tree. Do you know where on the tree you'd find a cacao pod?

Chocolate link at EattoDefeat.org:
www.eattodefeat.org/food/1410/chocol
at
e.html


And just in case you missed it in the challenge announcement, I have found a new product: cacao nibs. Bitter snack. Don't try them if you think you want some milk chocolate. But if you think you just need some chocolate and something crunchy, and have a little money to try something new, then give these a try.

If you want something sweet, then try the rounds of flavored Mexican chocolate.

I find either product very satisfying as far as filling my desire for chocolate with a very small amount. And there is also very little sweetener in the product.

I'm thinking the nibs would be interesting in a trail mix combination like nibs, almonds, and a tart, dried cherry.

Cocoa Powder link at EattoDefeat.org:
www.eattodefeat.org/food/1411/cocoa-
po
wder.html

"Dried, fermented, and defatted seed (cacao bean)"
Which country eats the most cocoa? (no, it's NOT the U.S.)

"Cocoa powder, the defatted part of the cacao bean, has one of the highest concentration of polyphenols of any food, over 8% by total weight."




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