A common question I often get asked is always along the lines of how to curb chocolate cravings or give up chocolate. My response is always, have you tried cacao?
I'm not a fan of restrictive eating as I was a restrictive eater for decades and found it to be incredibly debilitating and simply unhealthy. The healthy version of me is focused on getting to the core emotional issues of why I'm choosing to eat the foods I'm eating.
EFT is a great tool that has been clinically shown to curb cravings and also bring healthier foods into your diet. I've personally used EFT to bring fish and other healthy foods into my diet.
Equally important as making emotional shifts around my food choices; is finding healthy, nutritional alternatives. For instance, much of the chocolate being sold is highly processed, full of added sugar and nutritionally depleted. Instead, I'm looking to choose foods that are in their most natural state from earth or minimally processed. Cacao is the rawest, purest form of chocolate, made from unroasted cacao beans. It is low in calories packed full of antioxidants and more magnesium than a serving of spinach; making it a superfood! It comes with zero guilt and in fact, it's filled with an incredible amount of healthy goodness- which is exactly what we want from our food.
You can use cacao as a 1:1 substitute for cocoa in baking as well as shakes and other snacks.
One of my loves is Chocolate Chia Pudding, it takes under 5 minutes to make, tastes delicious and is filled with nutrition.
1 1/2 cups of unsweetened coconut milk (almond milk is another great option)
1/2 cup of chia seeds
1/4 cup cacao powder
*1/2 tsp of cinnamon
*pinch of sea salt
*1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
*1 tbsp of maple syrup
Blend all ingredients together in a bowl using a whisk (I often use my handheld blender whisk). Cover and allow to set in the refrigerator for about 5 hours (or overnight). The pudding will last about 5 days in the refrigerator.
Optional- Fresh berries make a great topping!
Enjoy for breakfast or a sweet treat any time of day with zero guilt!