Last week, I received a package of goodies from Love Street Living Foods…
Soon after it arrived, I got hungry and decided to smoosh as many of the products as I possibly could in one bowl…err, jar.
My waning sunflower seed butter jar contained cooked oat bran stirred together with 1 serving Brazil Nut Protein Powder, 1 TBSP Cacao Powder, and 1 tsp of the Madagascar vanilla powder. The Brazil nut protein powder is good. It’s not sweetened and has a mild nutty taste, and did you know that Brazil nuts contain 2,500 times more selenium than any other nut? The cocoa powder and vanilla added a lovely finishing touch. Now I must say that I’m used to Hershey’s dark cocoa powder, and the raw cacao powder tasted more bitter to me. However, when mixed with bites of the sunflower seed butter, it was yummy. And, according to the company’s website, chocolate stimulates the production of serotonin in your body, acting as a natural anti-depressant. Raw cacao stimulates more serotonin production than cooked commercial chocolate. Nice – who couldn’t use a little extra serotonin?
Yesterday, I added some of the cacao powder to my red bean soup as I figured people add cocoa powder to chili all the time, and so why not? Wise decision as the soup turned out great!
Want the recipe? Want to print it? Well, OK then, here you go…
- 2 1/2 cups red beans
- 4 slices bacon (not cooked)
- 2 small onions, chopped
- 6 cups water
- 1 TBSP cacao powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 gram pure stevia or 1/2 packet
- dash of cayenne
- salt and pepper to taste
- Wash beans.
- Add water, diced bacon, onions and seasonings (except salt).
- Cover, bring to boil, reduce heat, and then simmer for 2 to 3 hours or until beans are tender and liquid is well thickened.
- Add salt about 20 minutes before beans are done.
- Serve with my new favorite cornbread recipe.
Love Street Living Foods has graciously offered the following to all HEAB readers…
Through Thursday, 10% off your entire online order with the coupon code LSLFHEAB. Readers can also sample for free any of the site’s Artisana Nut Butters by adding them to your cart (1 sample per flavor per order). Hope you enjoy your Love Street Living Foods products as much as I have!
Edited to Add: I just heard about this great gift idea for all Nashville Moms:
On April 6th & 7th Pickles & Ice-Cream Maternity Apparel in Cool Springs is hosting Tim Arnold, The Silhouette Man at their store. Tim is recommended by The Smithsonian & even did silhouettes for the Bush Family at The White House. The event is by appointment only, and you can call the store at 615-778-1599 to book an appointment. Please forward this info to any dads you may know as a silhouette would make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift!