Zucchini, cocoa and Grenoble bread
Definitely, this year, my garden is giving me great gifts! My zucchini plants are bursting with this super versatile vegetable! It can be eaten as well as a salad or as a noodle replacement, grilled, sautéed, in soup or even as a dessert, as here in this recipe!
This zucchini bread is super soft and chocolatey and no one would guess that its basic ingredient is a vegetable!
Here are 5 good reasons to include zucchini in your diet on a regular basis:
- Promotes Heart Health: This fruit-vegetable is rich in potassium, which is known for its ability to help reduce blood pressure. It also has good levels of folic acid, which is used to break down certain amino acids responsible for causing heart attacks and strokes. It also contains magnesium helping to stabilize blood pressure and thus ensure a regular heartbeat.
- Improves digestion: Zucchini is mainly composed of water and soluble fiber. These are gentle on the intestine because they stimulate digestive transit less and thus reduce digestive discomfort. Their secret is that during digestion, they form a kind of gel. In addition, soluble fibers promote the reabsorption of water and sodium in the colon.
- Contributes to the maintenance of a good immune system: A good source of vitamin C, consuming zucchini on a regular basis helps to optimize the functioning of the immune system, which is important in the fight against various diseases and infections.
- Good source of calcium: Zucchini is rich in calcium, reducing bone loss associated with aging and contributing to good dental health.
- Minerals and trace elements: Rich in beta-carotene and carotenoid antioxidants well known to prevent eye diseases related to aging, zucchini is a good ally for the health of your eyes!
Zucchini, cocoa and Grenoble bread
Preparation time 15 minutes
Cooking time 50 minutes
Total time 1 hour 5 minutes
Makes 12 slices
1 cup of gluten-free flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon of baking soda
2 flax eggs or 2 whole eggs for non-vegan version
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups packed shredded zucchini
1 cup of chopped organic walnuts
- Preheat your oven to 350 ° F. Grease a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan with coconut oil and set aside.
- In a bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder and baking soda. Put aside.
- In a large bowl, add the flax eggs, melted coconut oil, vanilla extract and maple syrup. Stir with a wooden spoon until smooth.
- Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, do not over mix. Stir in grated zucchini until just combined. Add the walnuts and mix gently.
- Pour the batter into the mold.
- Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out almost clean.
- Let the bread cool on a cooling rack until it is still a little warm.
- Cut into slices and serve.
- Keeps for about 4 days and freezes.
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Coconut-choco pudding and crunchy garnishThis dessert has become the favorite of the whole family, it can be prepared in 5 minutes, is ultra smooth and tastes divinely good! In addition, it contains only ultra healthy foods for our body, so no reason to deprive yourself!
CacaoCocoa is a powerful superfood when eaten without additives. A rich source of antioxidants, such as anti-inflammatory flavonoids and polyphenols with anti-aging properties, cocoa also contains magnesium. Magnesium is a natural calming agent. The theobromine in cocoa also helps to have a positive attitude and maintain a focused mind.
Coconut-choco pudding and crunchy garnish
Makes 4 servings
Preparation time: 5 minutes
- In the food processor or blender, combine coconut milk, dates, cocoa, chia and cinnamon.
- Mix until you obtain a creamy and homogeneous texture.
- Pour the mixture into 4 bowls, cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
- When ready to serve, garnish with chopped raw cashews and dried bananas.
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Baked pears with cinnamon
The sweet tooth? Craving sugar? Try this cinnamon baked pear recipe to create a healthier dessert made with all-natural ingredients!
Sweets and treats don't always have to focus on large amounts of sugar. If you choose the ingredients carefully, you can make healthy desserts for your whole family.
Where do these sweet cravings come from?
Considered an addiction, it is as difficult to get rid of as drugs such as heroin according to the Dr Abram Hoffer. Once the wheel of refined sugar consumption has started on a daily basis (and this is inevitable unless you avoid all processed foods!), You can find yourself struggling with significant variations in the level of insulin in your blood. during the same day, which leaves several devastating consequences for the whole body:
- osteoporosis, dental caries, skin problems (disease related to the acidification of the body)
- Obesity, diabetes and subsequent heart disease
- Learning disabilities
- Depression, fatigue, lack of motivation
- intestinal flora imbalances
Several causes and habits have been associated with increased sugar addiction:
- An imbalance in serotonin. This neurotransmitter is made in the brain and then distributed throughout the body. It has an impact on the ability to rest, regenerate and be serene. Sugar has a similar effect and temporarily compensates for the lack of serotonin. Craving for bread, pasta or other sweets and / or other starchy foods can also be caused by a lack of serotonin.
- An imbalance in dopamine, this deficient component promotes dependencies.
- Refined, hyper-processed and industrial food (that of everyday life) for several decades and which still is for many people today, because it leads to HYPOGLYCEMIA. In hypoglycemia the first thing our brain craves is sugar, to quickly fix the situation.
- Stress and fear: these 2 emotions generate mechanisms for the release of glucose in the blood. Our body believes that it must eat, stock up on fuel, in order to have to defend itself, to fight, to run for hours to save itself ... and this even if the fears and stress are imaginary. These two emotions are experienced repeatedly in our daily lives and must be managed healthily.
What can sugar cravings indicate about our health?
- We have periods of hypoglycemia
- Our adrenal glands suffer from exhaustion, as do those of the pancreas and liver;
- We have nutritional deficiencies (B vitamins, calcium);
- Imbalances in certain neurotransmitters such as serotonin (the brain harmonizer) and the Dopamine (responsible for brain voltage: power, reflexes, mental and intellectual focus)
What foods should be avoided to control our sugar intake?
- Caffeinated drinks (coffee, tea, colas) deplete the adrenal glands which can no longer raise blood glucose when the body is fasting;
- White flour and alcohol: they weaken the liver, which can no longer properly store and then release glucose into the blood
- White flour, white bread, white pasta, refined pastries: the body considers them as white sugar.
- Gluten: it makes you want to eat sugar
- Carbonated drinks: sweetened with high fructose corn syrup, they are highly addictive;
- Salt and vinegar encourage ingestion of sugar to balance the flavors;
- Meats, fish and cheese also create a high desire for sugar, because it has been shown that when there are many in the diet, sugar is consumed more widely.
What to eat to limit sugar cravings?
Here are some food group ideas that will help you control your sweet tooth.
- PROTEINS, for stabilize your blood sugar level : lentils, black beans, chickpeas, nuts, seeds
QUALITY FATS, to have a longer-lasting source of energy than sugar: avocados, olive oil, seeds, nuts, leafy vegetables
FIBERS, for slow down the digestion process which will stabilize your blood sugar level: nuts, seeds, berries and carrots.
FOODS RICH IN PROBIOTICS, to fight against candida albican, a fungus naturally present in our body and which feeds on sugar! : apple cider vinegar, kombucha, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, etc.
ACIDIC FOODS, to naturally counteract the craving for sweets, slow digestion and maintain stable sugar levels: sauerkraut, kimchi, lemon
CURCUMA: spice with incredible virtues, including lowering blood sugar levels and fighting against insulin resistance
So let's get started, with a dessert that combines fiber, protein and good fats! Treat yourself!
Baked pears with cinnamon
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
2 teaspoons of maple syrup
3 tablespoons of walnuts
- Preheat your oven to (350 ° F).
- Cut the pears in half.
- Using a tablespoon, scoop out the seeds in each half
- Fill with walnuts and drizzle about half a teaspoon of maple syrup on each half.
- Finish them with a few dashes of cinnamon powder
- Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and put them in the oven for about 25 minutes.
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