Fenugreek Chocolate Strawberry Heart

This fast and delicious desert is healthy and fun to make. My assistant Patty Maher, came up with this great recipe last Valentines Day, and it was a smashing hit with everyone here at Creative Health Institute (CHI). I think it would make a fun party dish for New Years Eve. 

Fenugreek Chocolate Strawberry Heart

(It’s soooo simple  and pretty; you’ll want to kiss yourself!)

Although this tasty heart was inspired by St. Valentine’s Day, I hope you’ll feel free to enjoy it anytime you want to bring a little more love to your family or friends. xoxox ~ Patty

INGREDIENTS

2 cartons of organic strawberries

2 organic apples (granny smith might be especially nice but I didn’t have them)

2 cups raw organic cacao powder OR carob

1  1/2 cups sprouted fenugreek (We have been keeping sprouted fenugreek on and every day for the past few months, so it happens to have been handy to use.  Lucky for this dessert, the addition of fenugreek gave it a fresh, earthy taste. We’ve been keeping sprouted fenugreek on hand because it has antiviral properties and it’s great for balancing hormones and women’s health. I love it in salad’s too. So sprout some fenugreek. You’ll enjoy it. Otherwise, use whatever sprouts you happen to have handy).

1  cup raw agave (or if you prefer not to use agave, use a cup of date paste and be prepared to dilute with room temperature  purified water).

A bit of room temperature purified water to get it to the consistency you prefer.

DIRECTIONS

Wash and prepare the fruit. Take the stems off  the strawberries and slice the applies into wedges. Place the strawberries in the shape of a heart on a pretty serving plate. Fill in the inside of the heart with apple slices.

Put remaining ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth, adding  purified water until it is at a good consistency for drizzling and dipping. Drizzle chocolate over the fruit. Put remaining chocolate sauce in pretty serving bowls to set next to the large plate. Serve with a pretty bowl of toothpicks.

Enjoy!

Our Raw Chef classes have been especially wonderful! The next Raw Chef Level 1 Certification class is  January. 15th, 2012. Theres still a couple spaces available. For more information, contact us at 866-426-1213 or info@creativehealthinstitute.com.

Love and blessings,

Bobby

Master Chef and Health Education Director

Creative Health Institute (CHI)

Robert Morgan serves as the leader of all raw food chef classes at CHIand resides in Union City, Michigan

Exotic Herbs Which May Help Contol And Help Reverse Diabetes…

We do not recommend ever utilizing herbs for medicinal purposes without discussing them with your doctor. Creative Health Institutes twenty-one day diabetes reversal program is based in our belief that a living body needs living food and when it is supplied a variety of living foods it will respond and heal itself.  We considered, it wise for you to refer to your family doctor before proceeding to enter into any treatments.

Bitter Gourd appears to have a very positive affect on keeping sugar spikes down and insulin levels stable. Many diabetics consume bitter gourd as a regularly as part of their diet. Bitter gourd is also been shown to have many other  health benefits.

Bitter gourd is a tropical vegetable, which is cultivated mainly in the Asian and African countries. It is also known by the name of ‘Karela’ and has a rough, warty skin. As the name suggests, the vegetable is bitter in taste and has a skin that is dark green in color.

Diabetics usually consume bitter gourd in the form of a powder or juice, but it is also used in traditional Asian dishes. The standard protocol is to consume bitter gourd first thing in the morning.  Many diabetics sprinkle bitter gourd on their first meal of the day. While others feel its better to consume it alone, or if in a powder form mix it with warm water and drink it.

Butea Leaves, is another amazing herb from India.  Though the tree has many other healing properties it isthe leaf when boiled, that releases  the phytochemicals which almost immediately reduce blood sugar. The picture that should have been here (sorry)  shows the flowering of the pods on the tree. Each pod has a seed that when dried and powered becomes a very powerful worm and parasite remover.  In Ayurveda medicine the leaf a also chewed.

 Cinnamonis such an amazing herb and of all the exotic herbs its most familiar to North Americana.  What is not generally known is that cinnamon is antiviral and  is  strong stimulator of insulin activity and is very beneficial in the treatment of diabetes and many other health challenges which require the reduction of viral pathogens and the regulation of blood sugar. It helps to keep the blood sugar in check and has been shown to be more powerful than turmeric, cloves or bay leaves.  Like most herbs the bark and twigs of the cinnamon tree has many other uses in helping our bodies to overcome health challenges.

Curry Leaves, is being shown to be a major player in the reversal of diabetes. Researchers from the department of pharmacy at King’s College London say they have found scientific justification for the use of alternative medicine.  Scientists believe that the Indian curry leaf  may contain phyto-chemicals which slow down the rate of starch-to-glucose breakdown in people with diabetes. The tree’s leaves could have the ability to control the amount of glucose entering the bloodstream. Chewing on ten fully grown leave every morning is believed to help with the lowering blood sugar and to help the pancreas to regulate insulin. chewing curry leaves is also said to help with weight loss. Its is estimated that 80% of the baby boomers are overweight and that many of them are suffering from the effects of type 2 diabetes. 

Fenugreek is easy to grow right in your kitchen and had the ability to control glucose metabolis and at the same time it  has a strong modulating effect on blood lipid levels which may substantially reduce the risk of atherosclerosis. Most diabetics, have lipid imbalances, Fenugreek has demonstrated to have the remarkable ability to lower cholesterol, triglycerides and LDL levels while raising HDL levels (good cholesterol) .

Fenugreek Seeds can be consumed in man different ways and forms. Some people eat the spouts and seeds raw before retiring while others put them in with juices and drinks. You can also purchase the powdered form. Another way to get the benefits of fenugreek is to soak the seeds in the water overnight and drink them along with the water the next morning. 

Indian Gooseberry a middle-sized tree and is indigenous to India. The berry can only be harvested about 3 months of the year. The berry is high in Vitamin C helps in controlling diabetes. The juice of the Indian Gooseberry can be added to bitter gourd and with a small amount of honey as a carrier, this combination is  thought to be an excellent way to diabetes since it provides nutrients for the pancreas, helping to release insulin.

Even though there is little to worry about when taking these natural herbs, they still might have interaction with whatever medication you are taking. It is better to be safe than sorry. This list of exotic herbs is not an exhaustive one and there are many more that are believed to have a great affect on diabetes.  I am planning on discussing them in the near future, any help or information from our readers as to what they have found would be greatly appreciated.

Love and Blessings,

Bobby