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Chocolate that’s good for you! - The Raw Chocolate Company

I love raw food, and I think raw chocolate is something perfect.


raw + chocolate = perfection!


It is raw, vegan and organic!


The Raw Chocolate Company sent me 6 chocolates for review. :)


You probably know that chocolate can be full of amazing anti-oxidants, nutrients and minerals. Bad production methods destroy most of these, The Raw Chocolate company makes their chocolate on low temperature this preserves as many of nutrients as possible, plus they add some really supreme ingredients!


What goes into chocolate;

" Raw cacao

Un-roasted and minimally processed, our cacao contains more than 300 nutritional compounds, and is high in anti-oxidants, essential minerals and feel-good neurotransmitters like serotonin.

Cold pressed virgin cacao butter

With its silky smooth texture and rich luxurious chocolatey scent, cacao butter won’t raise your cholesterol levels like other fats, is less likely to cause weight gain compared to refined or hydrogenated oils, and also provides essential fatty acids.
   
Xylitol


Derived, a little surprisingly, from the birch tree, wholly natural Xylitol offers all the sweetness of common sugar with 40% fewer calories. With a low GI, Xylitol is considered suitable for diabetics and hypoglycaemics and has also been given a thumbs up by dentists for its kindness to teeth. ‘The Darker Side of Delicious’ range is sweetened with Xylitol.

Vanilla pods

Added to our chocolate for their sensuous aroma. “

Organic Vanoffe - for me it is like heaven sent, everything I need from chocolate; it is tasty, creamy and sweet. I think that is due to the Lucuma! Yummy . Really buy this chocolate, Vanoffe is ”your new best friend”. 

Organic fairtrade raw chocolate pitch dark - It is bitter and dark, if you love dark chocolate = this is your new favorite! Be sure to buy it!!


Vanoffe dark - in my top 3 :) I have to say it is a little bit bitter than vanoffe but I love it.

Raw chocolate + goji berries & orange - Great, you can feel real orange with little bit of goji berries. For me it’s fresh and really citrusy.


Dark raw chocolate with mint & xylitol - yum yum yum I love mint and this is like healthy ‘after eight’ chocolate. I really know a lot about mint and this is something perfect yummy dark chocolate + mint delicious!!

Dark raw chocolate with orange & xylitol - I don’t know why but I love orange + goji more. It is tasty, bitter and really dark chocolate.



My Top 3:

1.Vanoffe

2.Raw chocolate + goji berries & orange

3.Vanoffe dark


You can get other amazing products from them like raw chocolate mini, organic cacao nibs, organic acai powder, goji berries, organic cacao powder, chia seeds, raw lucuma powder, organic hemp protein powder, organic coconut palm sugar, bee pollen and much much more!


You can find out more about them :

www.therawchocolatecompany.com

www.facebook.com/therawchocolatecompany

www.twitter.com/TheRawChocCo 

(Source: health-heaven)

Twinings tea review

I never wrote tea review, so I hope I did a good job. :)

I love tea, I think I have over 300 tea bags in my kitchen, but for the last few months I fell in love with Twinings tea. Amazing flavors, healthy, and natural, what more could you want ?

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I’m drinking Cranberry & Sanguinello orange tea at the moment. 

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Now lets talk about tea, I made 4 groups.


1.    Fruit love

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Cranberry, Raspberry and Elderflower, Cranberry and Sanguinello Orange, Blackcurrant, Ginseng and Vanilla, Blueberry and Apple, Strawberry and Mango, Echinacea and Raspberry, Raspberry, Strawberry and Loganberry, Cranberry and Pomegranate


Cranberry, Raspberry and Elderflower;  I have never tasted a tea as delicious as this one. The zesty taste of this infusion is ideal when your senses need a lift. The tea smells invitingly of raspberries,  when poured is a lovely red color. Thank you so much for making the most delicious teas.

Cranberry and Sanguinello Orange; I love this tea, for me it has perfect citrusy scent. I love to eat sanguinello oranges, so yes this is one of my favorites! All I have to say is buy it, you will like it! Yum yum yum

Blackcurrant, Ginseng and Vanilla; this is the first tea I tried from Twinings, at first I didn’t like it I blame it on ginseng root. But as I love vanilla and blackcurrant I decided not to give up on this tea. And now I can say I’m addicted, I bought another box.

Blueberry and Apple; Autumn. A time for kicking through the leaves and watching the world change color. And for those days when night time comes too soon you will need this tea. It is tasty, sweet and refreshing perfect combination.

Strawberry and Mango; Each sip is refreshing, satisfying and bursting with sunshine. It’s English summertime with a tropical twist.  If you love mango you will love this tea!

Echinacea and Raspberry; do I need to say this is my favorite fruit tea ? I love it, not only echinacea has ability to boost immune systems and keep them healthy, but raspberries are my favorite fruit! Buy it!!

Raspberry, Strawberry and Loganberry;  great smell, great taste, great berries! Love it, I love to drink it with ice and fresh raspberries mmm, it’s heaven!

Cranberry and Pomegranate; I like other teas more, its ok. Nothing new, but If you love cranberry and pomegranate you will love this tea!


2. Green tea heaven

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Pure Green Tea, Jasmine Green Tea, Cranberry Green Tea, Orange and Lotus Flower Green Tea, Pineapple and Grapefruit Green Tea, Citrus Green Tea, Apple and Pear Green Tea



Pure Green Tea; I think we all know that pure green tea is great for your health. I love Twinings pure green tea because you can taste real green tea flavor.

Jasmine Green Tea; Layering the white jasmine flowers between green tea leaves allows them to release their perfumed, floral fragrance into the tea.  Great refreshing and calming tea. The jasmine tends to sweeten the green tea taste and the aroma is certainly an inducement to drink the tea.

Cranberry Green Tea; Powerful anti-oxidant properties, considered a superfood, cranberries, and the tea derived from them, have an amazing array of healthy side effects when ingested and used on a consistent basis.

Orange and Lotus Flower Green Tea; Lotus flowers are a symbol of the sun. Their beautiful, fragrant petals unfurl each day at the break of dawn to reveal a pure and inner glow.  Lotus flower is one of my favorite flowers, so you can guess this is one of my favorites. 

Pineapple and Grapefruit Green Tea; Sweet, delicious and refreshing tea. You will love this, the fruit flavor with green is just right.

Citrus Green Tea; I love this tea, it helps me to wake up and gives me energy. The polyphenols present in green tea provide antioxidant protection that may be enhanced by the vitamins in lemon and other citrus.

Apple and Pear Green Tea; English apple and sweet pear and blended them together with this light tasting, golden Chinese green tea, which will transport you to the tea gardens in an instance. It is yummy , if we can say that for a tea.



3. Lady in black

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Lady Grey, Earl Grey, Mulled Spiced Tea Caddy, Assam, Darjeeling, Ceylon, English Breakfast


Lady Grey; Light and delicate taste of bergamot, but with added hints of oranges and lemons.With green tea, lady grey is my second favorite tea!! I think I drink this tea every day.  I love this tea, it makes me happy!!

Earl Grey; Light, fragrant and with a distinctive bergamot and lemon flavor. I love it, I don’t know why but for me it tastes same as Lady Grey.

Mulled Spiced Tea Caddy; This tea is best served with milk and sugar, to bring out the spicy flavor perfect for a Winter Tea. It has a taste of orange which is gorgeous.

Assam; it is tea you will love a rich and strong, deep-amber tea that goes perfectly with brunch or after dinner instead of coffee. It smells amazing.

Darjeeling; The altitude gives Darjeeling its light, delicate taste and shimmering gold color.  Take a sip and escape the world on a journey of your own. The flavor was rich and wonderfully nuanced: musky, Darjeeling flowery, toasty, nutty, spicy, a little smoky, with a splendid honey and floral finish.

Ceylon; Ceylon black tea is the most widely produced and recognized and has citrus overtones. Ceylon black tea is also useful at keeping viruses and bacteria at bay. Drinking black tea can reduce your chance of catching influenza, as well as boost your immune system to help prevent other illnesses. I love it, something new to try if you love black tea.

English Breakfast; Bright, full-bodied and full of flavor, English Breakfast is perfect for clearing away your cobwebs at any time of day. I don’t drink it with milk, but if you want you can drink it with a splash of milk. An ingredient present in English breakfast tea, the amino acid L-theanine, boosts the brain’s levels of alpha waves, which reduces anxiety and boosts relaxation.


4. Calm yourself

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Camomile, Lemon and Ginger, Pure Peppermint, Orange, Mango and Cinnamon


Pure Camomile; I love camomile tea, I drink it every time I want to calm down and when I have insomnia.

Lemon and Ginger; I have to say this is one of my favorites. Amazing tea, it is a little bit bitter, but it is healthy and really great tea to drink on cold winter nights. The spiciness of the ginger complements the zesty.

Pure Peppermint; I think we all know and love peppermint tea. I love Twinings because you taste pure peppermint and it’s light and refreshing with a cooling minty taste.

Orange, Mango and Cinnamon; Just as winter balances summer, the spicy, comforting taste of cinnamon perfectly balances the bright, sweet flavors of orange and mango. I love this tea. You should try it, spicy and fruity love it!


My top 5:

1. Echinacea and Raspberry
2. Lady Grey
3. Orange and Lotus Flower Green Tea
4. Mulled Spiced Tea Caddy
5. Lemon and Ginger

I will buy Cherry and Cinnamon tea, Almond Chai Tea, Comforting Liquorice tea in next few weeks. 

* All teas were bought by myself, I don’t have any contact with company!

(Source: health-heaven)

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Top 5 reasons to choose organic 

Top 5 reasons to choose organic 

Spices With Huge Health Benefits

Chili Peppers




Health Boost: Chili peppers contain capsaicin, a powerful anti-inflammatory that has been proven to reduce inflammation associated with arthritis. External application of capsaicin is also thought to relieve pain in cases of psoriasis. Some progress still needs to be made on this condition as applying capsaicin to the skin is also accompanied by a burning sensation. Chili peppers help lower blood cholesterol and reduce blood clots, the main causes of heart attacks and strokes, so a little spice is good for your heart’s health. Chili peppers are high in vitamins A and C, the antioxidants that protect the body against infections and viruses.

Get Cooking: Chilies play an integral role in many recipes, especially certain ethnic dishes. In Mexican cooking, for example, chilies are pretty much a necessity. While known for their spicy heat, chilies can also add mild and subtle flavor to dishes, depending upon the variety chosen. With chilies, possibilities are only limited by your creativity.


Cinnamon



Health Boost: Can lower blood sugar, triglycerides, LDL, and total cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes. Aim for one-fourth to one-half teaspoon of cinnamon twice a day.

Get Cooking: Dip berries or bananas in low-fat sour cream, then in a mix of 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1/4 cup brown sugar.


Turmeric



Health Boost: Contains curcumin, which can inhibit the growth of cancer cells. Try to have 500 to 800 milligrams a day, says Bharat Aggarwal, PhD, a professor of cancer medicine at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

Get Cooking: For an Indian flavor, add 1/4 teaspoon turmeric to water when cooking 1 cup rice.

Parsley



Health Boost: Parsley is an excellent breath freshener, eliminating strong mouth odours such as garlic or onion. It cleanses and strengthens the kidney and can even help break up kidney stones. Helps with bladder or urinary tract infections. Parsley aids digestion and promotes a faster elimination of waste materials from the body. It acts as an anti-inflammatory, reducing joint pain and stiffness. It boosts the immune system and protects against colds and infections. Parsley can help with water retention, bloating, indigestion and flatulence. It is helpful in pregnancy and fertility. The calcium and fluorine that is present in parsley can strengthen bones and teeth.

Get Cooking: Sprinkle raw chopped parsley over your favourite salad. Add chopped parsley to salad dressings such as vinaigrette, to mayonnaise, to an omelette before cooking,rice dishes, stocks and gravies, to clear or creamy soups. Add to mashed potato and homemade meatballs or beef burgers. Add to all homemade dishes such as spaghetti bolognaise, shepherds pie etc. Stuff the inside of fish, chicken or other poultry with parsley before roasting or grilling. Sprinkle over seafood and use when cooking mussels. Mix some chopped parsley with butter or olive oil and spread on toasted crusty bread. Add to homemade sauces like pesto and herby sauces.

Oregano



Health Boost: A USDA study found that, gram for gram, oregano has the highest antioxidant activity of 27 fresh culinary herbs.

Get Cooking: To spice up tomato soup, add 3/4 teaspoon oregano to 1 can; add 1/2 teaspoon to 2 cups pasta or pizza sauce. Substitute 1 teaspoon dried oregano for 2 teaspoons fresh.

Garlic




Health Boost: Destroys cancer cells and may disrupt the metabolism of tumor cells, says Karen Collins, RD, nutrition advisor to the American Institute for Cancer Research. “Studies suggest that one or two cloves weekly provide cancer-protective benefits.”

Get Cooking: “Let garlic sit for 10 to 15 minutes after chopping and before cooking so the active form of the protective phytochemicals develops,” says Collins. Saute fresh garlic over low heat and mix with pasta, red pepper flakes, and Parmesan cheese.


Thyme



Health Boost: Thyme is packed with minerals and vitamins that are essential for optimum health. Its leaves are one of the richest sources of potassium, iron, calcium, manganese, magnesium, and selenium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Iron is required for red blood cell formation.
The herb is also a rich source of many important vitamins such as B-complex vitamins, beta carotene, vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin E, vitamin C and folic acid.

Get Cooking: The fresh or dried leaves of thyme as well as the flowering tops are widely used to flavor soups, stews, baked or sauteed vegetables, casseroles, and custards. Thyme provides a warm tangy flavor, somewhat like camphor, and can retain its flavor in slowly cooked dishes. Thyme is also used in marinades (especially for olives), and in stuffings. The leaves can also be used in potpourris and moth-repellent sachets. The essential oil of thyme can be used not only to flavor foods, but is also added to soaps, toothpastes, cosmetics, perfumes, and antiseptic ointments. The oil is used in aromatherapy to relieve pain and elevate mood. In addition, it may have a calming effect in stress-related conditions. Thyme baths have been used to help relieve aches and joint pains. 

(Source: health-heaven)

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