21st September, 7.30pm til 9.30pm at the Conscious Kitchen, Sutton Road, Southend, SS2 5PN
A relaxed evening of fun, raw chocolate and Essex wine. Learn how raw chocolate is made, why you really should be eating more and meet other amazing business women too! Just 15 places, £25. Includes a glass of award winning New Hall Essex wine and lots of chocolate!
Why should we be eating much more chocolate? By Nicky Todd who is our chocolate chef for the evening.
Eating a bar of shiny wrapped chocolate found in supermarkets is indeed a guilty sin. We are conditioned since childhood to feel that ‘chocolate’ is naughty and a treat, but not for the real reasons. Yes, we are aware it’s full of refined sugar, but it’s also high in hydrogenated fats, preservatives, colourings plus all sorts of other nasties. Like all processed food that you think tastes amazing, it’s having a ghastly effect on your body.
The Latin name for the cacao tree, where chocolate originates from, is Theobrama Cacao. This literally translates as ‘food of the gods’. In its raw state, before it’s heavily processed into the bars that you know as chocolate, it’s a superfood. Yes, something that is actually good for you.
Cacao is a sacred food that originates from the Mayan civilization around 900 AD. The Mayan goddess of cacao is Ixcacao, an ancient fertility and earth goddess in a matriarchal society where gathering crops and seeing to it that everyone was fed was woman’s work. Banishing hunger and providing for the safety and security of the people was her divine responsibility. This is cacao’s true vocation, to feed and to nourish.
It’s reported that Cacao actually holds the record for the highest magnesium content to be found in any food anywhere in the world. Magnesium helps provide energy and also calms you down, that’s probably why women all over the world gorge themselves on it monthly. It’s also high in sulphur. Sulphur is good for skin, hair and nails. So instead of getting all spotty eating processed chocolate, the reverse will happen when you eat raw chocolate. You’ll be come radiant and beautiful!
Another benefit if you eat raw naked chocolate is that you’ll become euphoric and high, in the most natural way of course, as it causes your body to release serotonin and endorphins. Happiness and bliss will shine through, so another reason to eat at that time of the month. PMT symptoms will reduce and things won’t feel so bad. Cacao is packed with all sorts of minerals and vitamins, which are lost once it’s highly processed. Raw chocolate contains vitamins A1, B1 and 2, C and D, amongst others. It’s also high in iron, calcium, potassium, manganese, chromium, sodium, phosphorus and zinc. No wonder it’s called a superfood.
Cacao is high in antioxidants, more so than any other food which works wonders for your libido.
The chocolate base is raw, which translates that it’s not heated over 115 degrees Fahrenheit, and retains all of the goodness and nutrients mentioned above. Coconut sugar is used instead of refined sugar, which means even diabetics can even indulge. It’s vegan, natural and guilt free.
So, how do I lay my hands on some of this raw chocolate?
During the evening of the 21st September at Conscious Kitchen, I’ll be showing you how it’s made and of course you will be able to sample a variety of chocolate including the Goddess Bar!
At the end of the evening we’ll also do a small ceremony which consists of drinking some wonderful ceremonial cacao. We’ll make pledges to ourselves, commit to we want to personally achieve. Remember, cacao is a sacred plant medicine, it’s more than just food. It has spirit and power.
Come and experience chocolate as you never have before!