My Favorite Valentine

February 14, 2012

I love this organic, handmade, raw chocolate from Not Your Sugar Mamas, a Martha’s Vineyard company. Best of all, you can buy it locally from Bloomy Rind in Hingham Square! (21 Main Street). What is Raw Chocolate? Simple ingredients with NO gluten, NO dairy and NO refined sugars.

 

Ingredients:

  • Cacao:  The health benefits of cacao are numerous, particularly in it’s raw form since none of the nutrients have been lost in the heating process. It is the highest antioxidant food on the planet. It is also very high in magnesium which helps to relax the muscles, support the heart and increase brain power. The bliss chemical, Anandamide, is found in cacao making us feel happy and good!

  • Maca: is a root vegetable grown in Peru.  It helps increase strength and endurance. Maca is adaptogenic which means that it helps stabilize and maintain many of the body’s systems, such as endocrine, circulatory and immune system. It contains alkaloids which is said to increase libido.

  • Spirulina: One of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. It serves as a complete, balanced protein providing all 8 essential amino acids. It has very high levels of antioxidants. It also contains blood purification properties and is one of the only sources of the anti-inflammatory, joint-strengthening omega-6 fatty acid, GLA (gamma linolenic acid).

  • Himalayan sea salt- over 250 million years old, it is in it’s natural state so it is nutrient rich with all the beneficial trace elements and minerals. This type of salt does not extract high amounts of water from our cells so we will not become dehydrated, instead our bodies are provided with trace elements and nutrients that our bodies easily absorb and use.

  • Cinnamon: Great for cognitive function, circulation and memory. Cinnamon also helps to stave off depression and helps to balance our blood sugar.

  • Agave: A low glycemic sweetener high in inulins help increase calcium absorption and is a source of minerals. More on our source here.

  • Coconut Palm Sugar: A pure, natural, whole food, low glycemic sweetener. Contains vital minerals like potassium, magnesium, sulfur, zinc, iron and B Vitamins. It has 25% more potassium than bananas.

  • Pomegranate- Contains many vitamins and minerals including high levels of Vitamin C and potassium.  It is a powerful antioxidant so it helps protect against disease and aging. It is also very good for cardiovascular health.

  • Nutmeg- Aids the adrenals to give you optimal energy. Among numerous health benefits, it improves memory, relaxes the muscles and helps alleviate anxiety and depression.

  • Lucuma- a sweet and edible fruit, considered a healthy alternative sweetener with low amounts of natural sugar. It contains beta-carotene, niacin, iron, fiber and calcium.

  • Mesquite- native to south America this superfood is great for balancing blood sugar levels. It is a good source of fiber which helps with digestion. It contains lysine (an amino acid), protein, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and zinc.

  • Lavender: Lavender is very calming and relaxing. It also has the ability to promote tissue regeneration.

  • Aphrodite’s Love Potion- A powerful elixir made by Skye Botanicals. Helps boost the libido along with the maca in our Be Sexy bar, watch out!

  • Peppermint: An awesome, naturally refreshing herb. A perfect way to cool off in the hot summer days. The menthol also helps aid digestion! Double bonus!

  • Love: we make sure to infuse love into all of our chocolate creations. We believe that the love we infuse into our chocolate goes directly into your bodies. So not only does it taste delicious and have incredible nutritional qualities, it will also nourish your spirit and soul!

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