Chocoholic alternatives

All I can say is wow. And thank you. Thank you for all of your kind words, wonderful tips and support on my last post. I definitely hovered over the “post” button, it’s not easy to admit that your face looked the dark side of the moon!

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Although my sweet tooth had certainly reduced since cutting out refined sugar, I still really enjoy sweet foods. One foodstuff in particular; chocolate. I’ve always been a chocoholic, choosing it over crisps or sweets every time. I made the switch to having predominantly dark chocolate a couple of years back, but I was still eating it every day, and my face couldn’t cope with that. I now have a couple of squares of whatever kind of chocolate once a week, normally on the weekends. I make sure I get the best I can afford, to make the treat really worthwhile. My favourites are Montezuma’s chocolate buttons or Booja Booja hazelnut truffles. I enjoy every single bite.

For times when I need more than just a couple of bites (you know the times I mean), I reach for a naturally-sweetened chocolate bar. Supertreats are made with carob and coconut blossom nectar, so you get a choccie treat without the sugar high or the caffiene fix. You may have seen my review of Supertreats in a previous post. Since then, I crave the smooth, unique taste of the Silky Milky bar. It has to be tasted to be believed.

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I’ve moved away from hot sugary drinks, but when I get a craving for a mug full of something tasty, I reach for cacao. This natural substance is made just from ground up cacao beans, no sugar, no funny business. I heat up a pan of almond milk, whisk in a big tablespoon of cacao and add a tiny bit of maple syrup to make a rich, chocolatey drink that feels so indulgent.

As an alternative to chocolate, I’m looking to get back into baking again, now that I have discovered coconut sugar. It’s got a delicious taste, with the faintest trace of coconut, that really reminds me of good brown sugar. Because it’s so sweet, you only need to use a fraction of the amount that you would normally. I don’t think my waistline would be pleased with me if I ate cake every day, no matter how many wholefoods ingredients I pack into it! But it’s good to know that when I do indulge, I can sneak in a few more nutrients too.

Cutting down on chocolate is by no means the end of the world, so don’t let that stop you exploring a low-sugar style of eating. There are plenty of alternatives, and let’s be honest, they taste fantastic. What’s your favourite chocolate? Have you got any good recipes that use coconut sugar? I would love to share ideas. Write to me in the comments section below or come and say hi over on Instagram @boowholefoods

 

 

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