Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Chocolate & Wine Lovers!
This Valentines Day I will certainly be enjoying chocolate and red wine, because the combination is simply amazing. It is the perfect pair, the real food of love. If you want to be more health conscious this Valentine's Day, pair red wine with dark chocolate as they have positive components that are truly good for your heart health. In a recent study, having one glass of wine provided same heart health benefits from 30 minutes of cardio exercise, but unfortunately, more wine is not better in that respect :-) Red wine and dark chocolate with at least 70 percent cocoa content contain resveratrol which has been shown to help with blood sugar balance. Red wine also contains catechins that help to increase HDL or your good cholesterol, which acts like a vacuum cleaner to get rid of unhealthy levels of cholesterol. So which red wines are a good choice for providing these benefits? Many! Pinots, shirahs, merlots - all rich in resveratrol and catechins; Dark chocolate selection of 70 percent cocoa or higher and assorted dark chocolate Truffles or Soufflés which contain phenols or flavonoids which promote anti-aging benefits. Here is a delicious and healthy truffle recipe for you to share with that special someone this weekend....
10 oz high quality dark chocolate (70% or greater cocoa)
1/4 tsp sea salt
2 tbsp unrefined Virgin Coconut oil
8 oz Coconut milk, original, unsweetened
To garnish: coconut flakes & 100% good cocoa powder
All you do:
Chop chocolate into small chunks, add to large bowl and add in coconut oil and salt.
Bring coconut milk to simmering boil then remove from heat immediately, pour over chocolate. Stir until melted and smooth, will resemble a ganache.
Pour into a bowl.
Cover with cling wrap and let set overnight or at least four hours in the fridge.
Next day, add cocoa powder into one separate bowl and shredded coconut into another.
Remove ganache from fridge and take a small cookie scooper and scoop ganache out of bowl and into palm of your hands.
Gently roll into a ball and add into either bowl of coconut or cocoa powder.
Place all completed truffles onto a decorative serving plate, cover with cling wrap and then place in fridge until firm.
May store well up for 4 days. Let's be honest, they will be gone beforehand :-) Enjoy!