Monthly Archives: March 2012

Some Thoughts on Truvia…

Ever since stevia was made legal in the UK, the major sweetener companies have been jumping on the bandwagon and producing their own versions of this sweetener. Whilst it’s great news that stevia is going mainstream, I have to admit to some scepticism about the products that these big companies are coming out with.

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Maca Powder

Maca is one of the many superfoods to hail from South America.  It was one of the first to reach the attention of the west – I remember first coming across it in Byron Bay, Australia when I was travelling there in 2002.  Maca grows in a harsh climate – very cold in winter and very hot in summer.  It has to be tough to survive, and is said to pass on this quality to those who eat it.  Locals chew on it when they go on long journeys to give them the endurance necessary to make the trek.  Maca is also … Read More

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Lucuma Powder

Lucuma is probably my favourite superfood – apart from chocolate! It is the dried buttery yellow powder of a Peruvian fruit and quite literally tastes of butterscotch and shortbread. It is mildly sweet, so using it in recipes means you tend to need less of other sweeteners. It also has a low GI (glycemic index) so it should help to keep your blood sugar levels balanced. Apparently, the lucuma fruit (also known as an egg fruit) looks a little like papaya. I say apparently, because I’ve never been to Peru, and this fruit is only allowed out of the country … Read More

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Coconut Palm Sugar – Nature’s Perfect Sweetener?

I’m loving this delicious, versatile, caramel tasting, crunchy, low GI sweetener, ethically grown and processed in Indonesia. Some facts  to tickle your taste buds: Coconut Sugar has a low GI (glycemic index) of 35 (compare to honey at 55 and cane sugar at 68) It is a nutritionally rich product, containing high levels of potassium, magnesium, zinc and iron. It also contains Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6 and C as well as other nutrients that slow down absorption. The particular coconut sugar that Sweet Sensations currently sells (as of March 2012) is not raw, but it is a very pure … Read More

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Next Raw Chocolate Workshop 24 March 2012

This fun relaxed workshop in Muswell Hill, North London, gives you the opportunity to taste some of Liz’s raw chocolate recipes whilst you sit back and enjoy yourself. At the same time you will learn loads about raw chocolate, superfoods, the various natural alternatives to sugar and how all these ingredients work together. In the second half of the workshop you will be shown some unique and delicious recipes you can make at home – a versatile Chocolate Bar/Truffle recipe with various flavourings, Butterscotch Fudge and Mini Melting Marzipan Cakes. During the workshop, you get to sample a variety of … Read More

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