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Tasty Avocado Bomb
Truffles

Recipe from Jennafer Ashley of
Paleohacks

Chocolate truffles are a popular type of confectionery composed
of a chocolate coating and ganache, a filling made by mixing chocolate and
cream. The ingredients are mixed together and rolled into balls, which are then
served as gifts or eaten for a quick snack.
[i]
Their name comes from their similar appearance to truffles, a type of mushroom
prized in the culinary world for its unique aroma and flavor.
[ii]

However, most chocolate truffles sold today contain lots of sugar, which can
wreak havoc on your health when consumed. I believe it’s far better to make
your own chocolate truffles using raw, organic ingredients that can provide a
multitude of health benefits. Plus, it’ll taste better, too!

This chocolate and avocado truffle recipe by Jennafer Ashley of
Paleohacks
is a great example. Not only is it healthy and delicious, but also easy to prepare.

Ingredients:

·
2
small ripe, organic avocados

·
1 cup
raw of cacao powder

·
2 tablespoons
of raw cacao powder for dusting

·
3 tablespoons
of Dr. Mercola’s coconut oil, melted

·
2 tablespoons
of Dr. Mercola’s raw honey

Procedure:

1.
In a
mixing bowl, combine the melted coconut oil, avocado and honey. Use a hand
mixer on medium speed to mix the ingredients until they reach a smooth
consistency.

2.
Gradually
mix in 1 cup of raw cacao powder until it completely combines with the other
ingredients. Place in the freezer for 10 minutes.

3.
Using
a tablespoon, scoop out the mixture and roll it into balls. Dust with the
reserved cacao powder.

4.
Store
in the refrigerator, then serve once chilled.

Note: This recipe makes 12 truffles.

Avocado Is a Nutrient
Powerhouse

In this recipe, avocado serves as the ganache. This fruit is
actually one of the most nutritious foods you can eat because of its high
amounts of healthy fat. In fact, I enjoy one myself almost every day. This
allows me to increase my intake of healthy fat and other vitamins without going
over my protein and carbohydrate limit.

But what makes avocado really good for you? In one study,
avocado has been found to contain phytochemicals that can help destroy oral
cancer cells.[iii]
In another study, Japanese researchers suggest that avocado may help protect
against liver damage, based from their tests on mice.[iv]
Furthermore, avocado may enhance your stomach’s ability to absorb carotenoids
when it is eaten with other ingredients.[v]

Raw, Organic Chocolate Is Rich in Antioxidants

There’s no doubt that people all over the world love
chocolate, but most varieties sold today are loaded with sugar, which can
adversely affect your health over time. You can circumvent this problem by
consuming raw, organic chocolate instead.

Cacao,
the plant from which chocolate comes, is rich in various antioxidants and
anti-inflammatory compounds, making it a perfect complement to avocado. In one
study, diabetics were given a cocoa drink rich in flavonols (a type of
antioxidant). After one month, researchers noted that the test subjects had
improved blood vessel function.[vi]
In addition, chocolate may help:[vii]

Improve exercise endurance

Lower your risk of Alzheimer’s
disease

Reduce stress hormones

Lower your blood pressure and
improve your lipid profile

Reduce the symptom of glaucoma
and cataracts

Protect against preeclampsia in
pregnant women

Improve liver function for those
who have cirrhosis

Improve endothelial function

Coconut Oil Adds More Health Benefits to the Recipe

Coconut oil
is one of the best ingredients you can add to your kitchen arsenal. In fact, I
use it a lot in my own cooking. When added to your food regularly, coconut oil’s
medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) can help optimize your health.

For
one, MCFAs are a great source of healthy energy compared to sugar. When
digested, they are immediately converted by your liver and used up by your body
as fuel, instead of being stored as fat. Furthermore, coconut oil may help:

·
Promote healthy brain function: Ketones produced by coconut oil
may serve as an alternative healthy source of energy for brain cells, which may
help reduce the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.[viii]

·
Boost your immune system: The fatty acids that make up
coconut oil contain antimicrobial properties, which can help eliminate harmful
bacteria and viruses in your gut.[ix]

·
Promote weight loss: Coconut oil can help manage your
weight in the long run by making you feel full longer. In one study, those who
ate more MCFAs on a daily basis consumed 256 fewer calories.[x]

·
Improve oral health: The antimicrobial properties of
coconut oil can help promote healthy gums and teeth. Rinsing it around your
mouth (also known as oil pulling) can help reduce plaque and decay-causing
bacteria.[xi]

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Source:: Mercola Health Articles