It’s no secret that diabetics must be careful of the foods they ingest, staying mindful of what they eat, when they eat it and of course, monitor portions. This varies of course, depending on the individual and type of diabetes they have. Still, keeping track of dietary and lifestyle habits help keep it in check (which basically is a common sense approach for everyone, right?).
While most diabetics have a strong handle on their insulin levels and overall health, in my experiences, it seems they are still craving more when it comes to their foods choices.
Here’s the deal: many diabetics I’ve spoken with are constantly seeking new ways to eat healthy foods beyond the often “boring” foods and flavors they’re encouraged to enjoy. After a while, the same ‘ol foods become tiring. More often than not, one food they ask me about is chocolate.
Believe me, I understand completely. Chocolate is delicious! Plus, many diabetics also want to get in on the benefits of eating raw foods and aren’t quite sure how to get the best of both worlds. Well, have I got the perfect healthy chocolate recipe for you.
Raw, sugar-free chocolate mousse recipe for diabetics
There are tons of healthy recipes at MindBodyGreen.com, including one for sugar free healthy chocolate mousse. What I like about this is that in addition to being sugar-free, it’s raw, giving diabetics a double health boost. But more on the health benefits in a moment. Let’s take a look at how to make this recipe.
- 1/2 ripe avocado
- 1/4 cup coconut water
- 1 cup young coconut flesh
- 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
- 1 tablespoon raw tahini (a sesame paste)
- 1/5 cup cacao beans or nibs
- 1 pinch organic cinnamon
- 1 pinch unrefined sea salt
- 1 pinch vanilla powder
- 1/4 teaspoon stevia
- raw sunflower seeds for topping (optional)
- With the exception of the cacao beans/nibs and sunflower seeds, blend all ingredients in blender on high
- Add the cacao beans/nibs at the end to keep the crunch
- Garnish with nibs, sunflower seeds and swirls of tahini
- Place in the fridge for 30 minutes to enjoy a thicker consistency. Otherwise, it can be eaten immediately.
Why this raw and sugar-free chocolate mousse is great for your health
You can see by scanning this list that it’s a dream for diabetics who enjoy raw foods and love chocolate.
First off, because raw cacao powder is not heavily processed from the bean, it’s as natural a chocolate as you can get. In addition to helping improve mood and brain health (thanks to it being rich in flavonoids), studies show that raw cacao products can help regulate blood sugar levels.
It’s sugar free, raw and has a rich chocolate taste.
I could go on forever.
Avocado is often considered the world’s most perfect food due to its healthy fats’ ability to control blood pressure and maintain a good weight (important for diabetics).
Cinnamon, which is also part of this healthy chocolate recipe, is rich in healthy compounds that have numerous benefits. According to Diabetic Medicine, taking a half a teaspoon daily may help blood sugar levels and cholesterol for those with Type 2 diabetes.
As with any new recipe or foods you may be considering, it’s wise to make sure it suits your needs. We always suggest running new topics, from recipes like this to a potential new exercise regimen, by your doctor to make sure it’s right for your diabetes management and overall health.
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