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Satisfying My Sweet Tooth with Super Foods

Satisfying My Sweet Tooth with Super Foods


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There's no shame in it. I am a sugar addict in recovery. Sugar, especially the processed and refined sort, is really damaging to my physical and mental health, causing intense cravings, wicked mood swings and weight gain. Sugar contains no nutrients and, in fact, saps my body of vitamins and minerals. Sugar is an energy and health vampire and so I work really hard to abstain.

One of the strategies I've learned is to make sure my diet includes naturally sweet foods like fruits, root vegetables, cacao and whole grains. Last week was that time of the month where my body craves the comfort of sweetness. So I came up with recipe that filled this need while also providing my body with fiber, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. In fact, I included a few "super foods" like cacao and goji berries.

Cacao has more antioxidant flavonoids than any food tested so far, including blueberries and green tea. Goji berries are nutrient-dense, with over 15% protein, 21 essential minerals and 18 amino acids (source:

Here's my recipe for Cacao-Nutty Rice:
(makes 6 servings)

1 c. brown rice or whole grain rice blend (I used Lindberg Jubilee), cooked in water according to package directions
2 oz. pecans, toasted and chopped
2 oz. raw cacao nibs
2 oz. Goji berries
2 oz. organic, unsweetened shredded coconut

Let rice cool a bit after cooking, and then mix in remaining ingredients. If you are really having an attack of the sweet tooth, drizzle your portion with a bit of agave nectar, which provides highly concentrated sweetness and is much lower on the glycemic index than other sweeteners. It enters the bloodstream more slowly, and is a good transitional sweetener for those of us who struggle with the cold turkey approach.

Nutrition info (per serving): 268 calories; 38 g carbs; 5 g protein; 13.6 g fat

Author: Elaine Morales

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