These cookies are not just delicious…but also nutritious. Give them a try and share a picture with us on Facebook! We would love to know what you think of them.
Dark Chocolate Macaroons
- 2 1/2 cups of Raw Unsweetened Shredded Coconut – 1 1/2 cups of Cacao Powder – 1/2-3/4 cup of Maple or Agave Syrup – 1/3 cup of melted Coconut Oil – 1 tsp of Vanilla – 1/8 tsp of Sea Salt
Warm the coconut oil gently in a dehydrator or double boiler (not necessary in the hot months, as it will naturally be in liquid form)
Add to the rest of the ingredients to a large bowl and lovingly massage together with your hands or a spoon. Use a small scoop to form small balls and place on a non stick parchment paper and refrigerate or freeze until firm (approx 30 minutes) Yield: 21 macaroons
By: Nan Kavanaugh
Dieticians, or nutritionists, are not miracle workers. If you suffer from a disease that can be treated by a diet change, or are worried that without a significant diet change your health might be in danger, then finding a nutritionist is the right move for you.
When a doctor recommends a diet change for health issues, it can be tough to execute. This is where a nutritionist comes in. A good nutritionist can come up with a diet plan that works with your life style. They will look at what you eat, and when you eat (by asking you to record it for a week), and then determine what needs to be done to meet your health needs.
The American Society of Clinical Nutrition is a good resource for medical nutritionists, and the American Dietetic Association is also a great resource as well. Registered dieticians often have specialties, so find out who in your area will best fit your needs and go from there.
Here are a few extra tips to serve you in your search:
Things to Look For:
• Blood and Urine Analysis: A good nutritionist will use these tools for diagnosis.
• If you are given a diet to follow, a good nutritionist will follow up in a week or two and make adjustments according to your input on the results.
• The American Society of Clinical Nutrition is a good resource for finding a medical nutritionist.
Things to Avoid:
• Hair Analysis: Hair is dead tissue, and cannot tell you what your current nutrient deficiencies are, so ask for other methods for diagnosis.
• Beware any nutritionist that tells you that things you have long felt to belong to a healthy diet are not good for you and ask you to remove them from your diet immediately.
Chocolate is a full flavor experience, and so choosing a bold wine is your best bet. Here are a couple combos that are sure to make your taste buds happy.
Dark Chocolate: A dark chocolate that is high in cocoa, but low in sugar is best paired with a Cabernet Sauvignon or a Shiraz. High tannin red wines compliment the complex flavor profile of a bitter dark chocolate. If you are sampling a sweeter dark chocolate, a Ruby Port is the way to go.
Milk Chocolate: For those with a sweeter tooth, try a Tawny Port wine or a Hungarian Tokaji. If you are looking for something light and bright, a Muscat makes a lovely compliment.
White Chocolate: Not technically chocolate, we thought we would give you some tips on white chocolate anyway. Try a Riesling or Champagne to bring out the vanilla and honey flavors of the chocolate.