FOOD | COCAO MOUSSE FOR SKIN

Photo courtesy of Dorit Jaffe and Yahoo.com

 

The seasons are in flux, and chances are your skin is acting up. When it’s T-shirt weather one day and snowing the next, your body gets confused, and your skin starts to freak out.

 

Satisfying incessant cravings for processed sweets can make this seasonal transition a recipe for high blood sugar, sickness, and a pH level that’s all out of whack. Or you can treat yourself to something decadent and sure to please.

 

We teamed up with nutritionist and wellness coach Dorit Jaffe of Whole Healthy Glow to bring you a solution. It’s chocolate mousse that’s naturally sweetened with maple syrup, and nobody would ever guess that it’s made from avocado. The best part about this droolworthy dessert is that it’s actually good for you. Seriously, your skin will thank you for eating this.

 

Avocados are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce inflammation in your body and provide moisture and elasticity to your skin. They are also extremely rich in antioxidants and protect your skin from free radical damage. Avocados help you to absorb more antioxidants from other foods containing antioxidants — which makes raw cacao and avocados an antioxidant match made in heaven.

 

Raw cacao is a superfood that increases your energy and state of bliss, helps boost your immunity, and satisfies your chocolate cravings. It also improves skin texture and helps prevents wrinkles.

 

Great for people who avoid meat, it’s the highest plant-based source of iron and is also rich in magnesium, two important minerals that vegetarians often lack, which regulate proper immune and nervous system function so that you are able to maintain your energy level.

 

Raw cacao contains almost four times the antioxidant content of regular processed dark chocolate, and 20 times more than blueberries.

 

Instead of indulging in processed and chemical-ridden chocolate to satisfy your sweet tooth, dip your spoon into something naturally sweetened and simple to make.

 

Raw cacao avocado mousse

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 ripe avocados

  • ¼ cup raw cacao powder

  • ¼ cup maple syrup (add more according to taste)

  • 1 tablespoon coconut milk

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Dash of salt

  • Fresh blueberries

  • Coconut flakes

  • Chopped almonds

 

DIRECTIONS:

Blend avocado, raw cacao powder, maple syrup, coconut milk, vanilla extract, and salt in a food processor until smooth and creamy.

 

Add maple syrup according to your taste preference.Divide your mousse into two small ramekins and top with shredded coconut flakes, almonds, and blueberries.

 

Serves two.

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