I am going to be 100% honest with you all and admit we've been quite indulgent lately. Between my longings for spring and the fact that February is my husband's birthday month, not to mention Valentine's day... well, in reality we never need that much of an excuse to indulge anyway.
Our challenge is finding decadent treats that truly feel like an extravagance, yet are still overtly healthy. Neither my husband nor I like to eat a lot of sugar and I eat a pretty low carb diet. That rules out a lot of conventional treats!
But, honestly, it bores me to focus on what I choose not to eat. Instead, I like to look at each meal, wondering how much delicious "food as medicine" I can pack in there.
The following syrup is antioxidant-rich, combining the known health benefits of cocoa with the beneficial medicine of elderberries and the nutrient-rich rosehips. Many of the ingredients are also aphrodisiacs and have been used for hundreds of years to spice up one's love life.
Drizzled over coconut pancakes and served with Astragalus and Reishi Chai, this can satisfy many of our indulgent cravings.
lovers seldom need encouragement to indulge in a few dark squares but
chocolate is not just a guilty pleasure. Pure cocoa is rich in
antioxidants, helps to support heart health and increases libido. For
the most health benefits get at least 70% cocoa products or use 100%
Learn more about the history and benefits of cocoa here plus see my dark chocolate rose truffle recipe.
We often hear that elderberries are antiviral and scientists say that it is the high flavonoid content that can disrupt viral activities. A diet rich in flavonoids promotes health in a myriad of ways, such as supporting eye and heart health, reducing inflammation in the body and preventing cancer.
flavonoid-rich herb that also has high amounts of vitamin C. Roses have
long been associated with the heart, passion and love.
love cinnamon? What a wonderfully sweet and deliciously spicy treat!
It's amazing to me that such a taste comes from tree bark. Cinnamon is
known for many health benefits, including its ability to regulate blood
sugar; a wonderful addition to any sweet treat. Cinnamon can also help
to regulate body temperature (great for those with cold hands and feet)
and can relieve digestive complaints and even arthritic pain and
The nutmeg spice is the seed of the nutmeg tree. Nutmeg has long been used as a culinary spice as well as for its medicinal qualities. Nutmeg can promote digestion, be used as a sedative and to promote sexual health. Here is a very interesting blog post from Mountain Rose Herbs about nutmeg.
Simmer the elderberries and rosehips in 2 cups of water for 20 minutes. Strain well.
Whisk in the cocoa powder, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Add honey to taste while the mixture is still warm. Mix well.
This syrup can be drizzled on ice cream, bananas, or enjoyed on coconut flour pancakes...
This is a variation from Bruce Fife's book, Cooking with Coconut Flour.
When you take your first bite of this delicacy please don't pay any attention to the fact that this meal can support your heart health, boost your immune system and prevent sickness or give a zing to your zoom. Just enjoy that incredibly flavor.
Rosalee is an herbalist and author of the bestselling book Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients Into Foods & Remedies That Heal and co-author of the bestselling book Wild Remedies: How to Forage Healing Foods and Craft Your Own Herbal Medicine. She's a registered herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild and the Education Director for LearningHerbs. Read about how Rosalee went from having a terminal illness to being a bestselling author in her full story here.