Monday, November 26, 2012

Coconut oil for your Body and Soul

Healthy Raw Chocolates

From our test kitchen to your home kitchen

This week, we're sharing a recipe for healthy home made Delicious chocolates.  Our twist on a traditional dark chocolate. They're versatile enough to eat for t, snack along with a cup of green tea, a healthy treat for the kids or dessert with a loved one, right out of the fridge made from the super food Coconut oil.

10 Top Benefits of coconut oil
1. A healthy form of saturated fat compared to trans fat. Contains short term and medium-chain saturated fatty acids
2. Controls weight, easy to digest and protects the body from insulin resistance
3. Easy digestion, if you suffer from bloaty tummy. It is soothing to the tract, can help with irritable bowl syndrome, tummy bugs, bacteria, candida or parasites that cause bad digestion.
4.Can  help manage type 2  diabetes
5. Supports immunity
6. Boot metabolism- burn more calories
7. Prevents aging, wonderful for the skin, be sure to use virgin coconut oil with no additives for skin, face daily for that glow.
8. Cooks in high temperatures, its a safe fat to heat.
9. Stops sugar cravings. Add a spoonful to your smoothies, or enjoy a healthy chocolate.
10.Coconut oil is SIMPLE to cook with!

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Melt the coconut if needed on low heat, add the cacao powder, agave, chia seeds, salt

Mix well. Pour into cupcake patties. I like to use silicone patties, so the chocolates just pop out easily and look just like a bought chocolate. Freeze. Store in freezer or refrigerator.
We'll be back next week with another fun and healthy recipe.

Happy cooking,
The Healthy Appetite team

Raw Chocolates made from Coconut oil

5 mins
South America
Makes  8-10

  •  2 large Tbspn virgin coconut oil
  • 2 tbspon cacao powder
  • 2 tbspn agave
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • pinch of salt


Friday, November 23, 2012

Mint Falafel

Nutrients in Chick Peas.
You can make many things with chick peas such as Hummus, dips, salads, stews. Today I am sharing this tasty Felafel's recipe.

Chick peas are high in protein, fiber, folic acid, manganese, and include minerals such as iron, magnesium, copper, and zinc.

Chick peas can help lower cholesterol, prevent diabetes, prevent coronary disease it is  low GI and is a versatile food low in fat high in protein. 

Mint falafel 


2 Tbsn Chia seeds
1 cup chick peas, can or pre soaked
½ cup  quinoa, cooked
1 cup of spinach leaves
1 cup mint, packed
½ cup Basil, packed
½ cup coriander
1 tspn cumin
1 tspm garlic powder
1 lemon
1 Tbspn olive oil
1 tspn sea salt
¼ cup quinoa flakes or oat flour to roll
1 tspn coconut oil


Mix chia seeds and lemon together in a glass, allow to sit and form a gel consistency. Process chick peas, quinoa,  spinach, mint, basil, coriander, cumin, garlic, olive oil, salt.
Sprinkle quinoa flakes on a chopping board, roll into falafel's, transfer to a pan with coconut oil and cook 3- 4 mins on each side or unitl golden brown. You may have to mould them into a nice round shape or use a egg shaper.

Serve with my Basil couscous salad and  Greek yogurt 

Basil  Cous Cous  serves 3-4

Quick , easy and tasty


1 cup couscous Organic whole wheat
1 tbspn chia
1 cup boiling water
pinch sea salt
1 tbspn olive oil
½ cup sun dried tomato
1 spring onion, finely chopped

1 Tbspn olive oil
1 garlic clove, sauteed
2 cup fresh tomato, finely chopped
1 cup of basil

2 tbspn balsamic
1 lemon
2 Tbson olive oil
1 tbspn chia seeds


Add 1 cup of boiling water, 1 cup couscous, chia  to a large bowl,  add pinch salt, 1 tbsp olive oil, stir and cover and sit  10 minutes.
saute garlic in coconut oil.

Add spring onion, sun dried tomato, basil, tomato, garlic,
Make dressing in a glass jar and shake well Stir in all ingredients including the dressing. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve with ice-burg lettuce, cherry tomato, and Greek yogurt.

Nicky xx