A lovely candle light dinner for two that you just cooked? There is nothing more magical than cooking together with or for your Valentine – unless you’re following it up with my incredibly delicious healthy cheesecake recipe. But if you are not a cook or have no time for groceries, you have some great options!!! Check any of these companies that deliver right to your door: The Fresh20, Blue Apron, Plated, Hello Fresh. Some of my patients are already raving about this (even their kids are getting more into food as a result).
What they offer: they deliver a specific meal you have chosen in a box full of fresh locally harvested vegetables, including the recipe with the instructions how to cook the meal (with pictures), so really anyone can prepare the meal. The best part is that it is very affordable and since the ingredients are so fresh, the meals taste great. How about 10-15 dollars for a whole meal for 2 or more people delivered to your door? Give it a try!
If you really do not want to cook but would love to have that lovely candle light dinner with your Valentine, check Dine In 2Nite – in this case, your meal for two will be delivered to your door ready to serve!
Finish the Dinner with my All-Time-Favorite Dessert – A Healthy Cheesecake!
I do mean it! I know I may have shared it with you before, but I really still love it that much! Try this amazing raw, vegan, gluten-free healthy cheesecake recipe. Put it in the freezer until you are ready to serve it!
What You May not Know about Chocolate
- Avoid chocolate if you have heartburn or hiatal hernia. It can make either worse.
- If you have high sensitivity to molds and mycotoxins, you should know that chocolate production often results in aflatoxin, specifically Asporgillus flavus. Apparently, European chocolates have higher mold standards in chocolate production process, e.g. Lindt 90 or 99% dark chocolate.
- Keep chocolate in the freezer to prevent it from oxidizing and from mold growth.
- Raw cacao contains alkaloid theobromine, which is potentially addictive and can impact the central nervous system. It can cause restlessness, sleeplessness, tremors and anxiety.
- If you do eat chocolate, avoid milk chocolate, as it may contain high fructose corn syrup, genetically modified organisms, growth hormones, transfatty acids, and artificial colors and flavors.
- Chocolate often contains heavy metals. A consumer group As You Sow tested 42 varieties of chocolates. According to their tests, all dark chocolates contained heavy metals, while milk chocolate was less concentrated. 26 brands tested contained cadmium levels high enough to be considered unsafe; the lead levels were as high as 5.9% above the safe limit and cadmium as high as 8.2 times above the safety limit. Many of the stores, including the healthier food stores, were on the list as well as some of the more reputable chocolate companies. No lead exposure is safe in my opinion, while cadmium is also highly toxic (most exposure is from tobacco smoke) and according a study by Harvard University, there may be a link between cadmium and learning disabilities.
This healthy cheesecake recipe is adapted from Ani Phyo of “Ani’s Raw Food Desserts” 2009. This is my all-time favorite cheesecake – and I seldom even make the topping for it. That is just how delicious it is. Honestly, more delicious than a real cheesecake, as I hear. And so healthy for you!
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