Exciting Coconut Oil News...

Exciting Coconut Oil News...

Coconut Oil to me is what Windex is to the Greeks, according to My Big Fat Greek Wedding.  I love it.  I love it a lot.  And I use it for everything.  A few months ago, I wrote a post about coconut oil, specifically the overpriced RMS Beauty Coconut Creme that is basically really high quality coconut oil that is outrageously marked up (but still totally awesome because coconut oil is the best).  This post is actually one of my more popular posts, and since then I have been on the lookout for other top-of-the-line coconut oil brands to add to the list, and I am super stoked to say that I found two that meet all of the qualifications that RMS lists:

- Organic, made from fresh coconuts.

- No chemical refining, bleaching, or deodorizing.

- Extracted from fresh coconuts within the day to eliminate mold growth or danger of other impurities. 

- No heat processing: centrifuge-based extraction which preserves all nutrients, not expeller-pressed.

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Antioxidant Packed Raw Chocolate Recipe, Sans Sugar

Antioxidant Packed Raw Chocolate Recipe, Sans Sugar

I am a self-proclaimed chocolate addict.  My entire family was raised to idolize the cacao bean like it was a tiny, delicious-flavored god. I can probably count on one hand the number of days in my life I haven't had at least one thing chocolate, and like all true chocolate fiends, I despise white chocolate for being a big fat fake and judge those who love it (LOML is one of them, and I still give him the side eye for it).  Now, I am off sugar, which poses a serious problem for me.  "Well, this might be a great opportunity to wean yourself off chocolate", you say.  "Fie!" I say!  (Is that what fie means?  I have no idea.)  Seriously, life without chocolate for me is a miserable one, and unless this world is ravaged by zombies and I find myself preoccupied with other, not getting eaten concerns, I will find a way to eat it.  Plus you know, it has health benefits.  So I needed to find myself a solution.

Let the google begin!  So much googling to be had!  Anyways, I googled it.  Did you know that dark chocolate, even SUPER dark (86%) chocolate has around 7 grams of sugar per serving?  Still a ton better than the 24 grams in milk chocolate.  Just for reference, according to the American Heart Association, the maximum amount of added sugars you should eat in a day are around 37.5 grams for men and a measly 25 grams for women.  That is the absolute maximum you should be having.  I have...um...a friend, yes a friend, who has been known to eat 3 bars of milk chocolate in one day, so this news is a little disturbing.  For that friend.  Yes, so anyways, the dark chocolate is an improvement (not to mention there is more cocoa in it, which is chock full of fiber, antioxidants, and flavanols, and may even help with weight loss), but still not great for someone wanting to cut out added sugars completely.

Luckily, I found this simple looking 3 ingredient recipe on the blog Chocolate Covered Katie (which is an addictive blog in itself) that looked easy enough to do, and I already had the ingredients.  Score!  All you need is:

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