From the Jewish Food Hero Kitchen: Detox Vegan Chocolate “Milk”
Is there such a thing as too much chocolate?
I am planning a joyful life-long relationship with chocolate. There are times when I feel that I need to take a mini-break or just reduce my consumption. For me, eating chocolate every day does not feel good. And yet, sometimes I fall into the habit of noshing on chocolate. To me, chocolate is not a food to nosh, it is a treat to savor.
Everyone is different but I notice that if I overindulge in chocolate, I start enjoying it less.
There is a thin line between eating a bit of chocolate for pleasure and eating chocolate out of boredom, habit and/or physical need.
My chocolate “detox”
I do not have an all-or-nothing philosophy on chocolate (or much else). When I want to reduce or eliminate eating chocolate, I simply transition with a healthier option. Enjoying this vegan chocolate “milk” for a few days is my “chocolate detox”.
Using high quality organic kosher cocoa powder gives me the chocolate taste and feel that I love plus all the antioxidants, iron and magnesium.
What I notice:
Transitioning from eating chocolate everyday to enjoying a vegan chocolate milk everyday instead allows me to break free of the overindulging in chocolate pattern and makes me feel physically better right away. After a few days of enjoying this vegan chocolate “milk” daily, I am able to “feel” less physical need for chocolate. When I feel ready, I return to eating chocolate once in awhile for pleasure.
To sweeten or not to sweeten?
We usually associate chocolate with sweetness, but we also know that cocoa is intensely bitter. We also often automatically think cold drinks should have sweetness to them, particularly when it comes to juices and smoothies.
I personally prefer to stay with this bitter taste, so I choose not to sweeten my vegan chocolate milk. If you prefer a more “typical” chocolate milk taste, half a banana provides a big punch of sugar and turns this into a satiating snack. Alternatively, try a little sweetener or a sugar of your choice.
Your turn: What do you do when you feel you need to take a break from chocolate?