My transition to healthy eating was not an overnight shift but a process. The more things I learnt, the more things I changed, replaced and discovered. Тhe more inspired I felt! As time passed by I tried new tastes, textures, flavors, aromas and loved most of them!
At the beginning (which is now several years ago) I cut off foods like soft drinks, packaged sweets, frozen dinners, etc. Then I swapped some foods that I wouldn’t give up for their healthier alternatives e.g. dairy milk for nut milk, white sugar for natural sweeteners like honey or agave, white flour for whole-grain flour, etc. And finally, I started to recreate certain favorite recipes by using healthier ingredients. And this is the most important message of this post: you don’t need to give up favourite foods and tastes in order to eat healthy – you actually discover more food and more tastes by eating true food that nourishes your body!
This month, one of my favourite webs Yahoo Shine Super Club called for sharing favourite recipes from our childhood. While reading the article, my mind pictured the image of a desert that my grandmother used to make, using tea biscuits, lots of butter, powdered sugar and cocoa: sweet salami. I loved it so much that it never lasted more than a couple of days.
And while I feel nostalgic about this sweet childhood memory, I would not use butter and powdered sugar in a desert again. Instead, I found a clever way to replace the ingredients and make the salami in a completely new and healthy way. I used raw almonds and dates, raw cacao and whole hazelnuts. As a final touch and to make it really luxurious, I melted some natural dark chocolate and covered the cut salami. The result was fantastic: the soft texture and chocolate taste that I remember from my childhood but made healthier.
It really isn’t difficult to eat healthy. You just need to be more creative sometimes. But that’s only a bonus, isn’t it?
What is your favourite childhood recipe?
Raw Chocolate Fudge
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 1 1/2 cup soft dates, pitted
- 2 tbs raw cacao
- 1/2 cup whole hazelnuts
- 100 gm dark natural chocolate
Place the almonds, dates and cacao in the food processor and process into a dough. Fold in the whole hazelnuts, form into salami, wrap in plastic folio and place in the fridge for a few hours to get firm.
Unwrap the salami, cut into piece and arrange on a tray.
Melt the chocolate in a steam bath, pour a tablespoon of chocolate over each piece of salami and return in the fridge.
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