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A healthy Valentine's Day treat for that special endurance athlete in your life

Posted Feb 02 2010 10:47am

We all know that chocolate is synonymous with valentine's day, after all, its a natural aphrodisiac. But do you know the other INCREDIBLE benefits to this food??

Chocolate, in its natural raw state is known as Cacao.  While chocolate is known as junk food, research shows that cacao has incredible nutritional benefits that have actually been known for centuries.

Raw Cacao is the #1 highest antioxidant food on the planet! Containing more antioxidants than red wine, blueberries, acai, pomegranates, and goji berries COMBINED. 

PLUS, cacao...

- is one of the richest sources of magnesium, an alkalizing mineral that happens to be the #1 mineral deficiency in the Standard American Diet.

- is high in chromium, a blood sugar stabilizeis

-rich in iron

-balances brain chemistry, builds strong bones, elevates your mood and energy, and is known as an appetite suppressant.

-is high in anandamide or the "bliss chemical". Anandamide makes us feel euphoric and happy, this is the runners high!

-is high in Serotonin and Dopamine, which help alleviate depression and are associated with feelings of well being. No wonder we feel better when we eat chocolate!

So this Valentine's Day, opt for some cacao with this healthy recipe for Peanut Butter Cacao Brownie


1 bag purely elizabeth Ultimate Cacao Muffin Mix
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup earth balance vegan butter, melted (or other butter alternative)
1/4 cup almond milk
1/2 cup agave nectar
1/2 cup of palm sugar (or agave nectar)

peanut butter batter:
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1/4 cup almond milk

Preheat oven to 350. In a medium bowl, combine wet ingredients, stirring until evening smooth.  Add in muffin mix and stir to combine, set aside. In a small bowl, combine peanut butter batter ingredients until smooth.  Lightly grease 9 x 9 pan with oil.  Pour brownie mixture into pan.  Drizzle with peanut butter batter and put in the oven for 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Lizstein Editor's Note:

This great recipe is brought to you by Liz Stein (our holistic nutrition partner). Liz is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor.

Please visit her web site for some great nutritional programs for triathletes.

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