There’s no doubt that food is a large part of holidays. Thanksgiving turkey, Christmas Ham- it just wouldn’t be the same without these classics! While I am a vegetarian, I still appreciate the tradition of holiday food and enjoy how it brings people together. Modifying my diet has taken a lifetime, but I’ve ultimately decided that I feel better about myself mentally and physically when I fuel with the right things. Many people have a ‘to hell with it’ attitude this time of year, but there are so many options to lighten your holiday feast, without sacrificing taste.
I am absolutely not advocating you switch all the sugar to splenda (EW!) and only use skim milk; my own diet consists of small portions of full fat/full sugar whole foods. But you can eat during the holidays without getting blah, groggy, or full of high fructose corn syrup.
This year I made a delicious chocolate cake using 100% raw, vegan ingredients. It’s decadent and delicious, with healthy fats, natural sugars and zero guilt. It will turn even your most carnivorous friends into raw food lovers! Here are the stats for the main ingredients:
- Hazelnuts have a high amount of vitamin E in addition to B vitamins, including folate. Vitamin E is important in maintaining healthy skin, hair and nails. The B vitamins are important in proper cell and energy metabolism. Hazelnuts are also a rich source of potassium, calcium and magnesium. The minerals provide many health benefits, including regulating a healthy blood pressure.
- Hazelnuts contain heart-healthy fats that can protect heart health. Specifically, they are high in healthy polyunsaturated and mononunsaturated fats and low in unhealthier unsaturated fats. Hazelnuts are a good source of oleic acid. Oleic acid can help to lower levels of bad cholesterol, LDL, and can raise levels of good cholesterol, HDL, in the body.
- Dates contain many minerals, including potassium, copper, sulfur, iron and magnesium. Dates are a particularly good source of calcium, which helps promote strong teeth and bones. Dates are also a good, low-fat source of fiber.
- One of the main health benefits of chocolate is its high concentration of antioxidants. It’s a superfood! If you want the best hardcore antioxidant power of cacao beans/seeds, then you will want to get it in its natural raw state – nothing added, nothing taken away.
- It’s got phenylethylamine, which is a mood enhancers. In combination with theobromine, phenylethylamine can elevate your mood because it is a super low potency antidepressant that works similar to the body’s endogenous dopamine and adrenaline. The serotonin also balances your mood.
- Essential Minerals: magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, potassium and manganese
- Essential Vitamins: A, B1, B2, B3, C, E and Pantothenic acid
- Other fun stuff: It’s an anti-aging superfood, it can increase circulation, and help sharpen your focus due to it’s synergistic effect on your body, blood, and more!
If you’re interested in the recipe, give me a shout below!
More holiday recipes for Yogis to come!