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3 Courses of Chocolate

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL CHOCOLATE DAY!!! To celebrate, I have created 3 courses of chocolate – all healthy recipes which provide numerous vitamins and minerals: spinach and pear salad with a chocolate vinaigrette for starter; steak with a chocolate and coffee sauce for main; and chocolate fruit pudding for dessert. I use 85% dark chocolate in all the recipes, which is high in antioxidants and minerals such as copper for iron metabolism and blood clots; and manganese for bone health and reducing inflammation. Enjoy!

Starter: Spinach and Pear Salad with Chocolate Vinaigrette

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 pear
  • handful of spinach
  • 10g 85% dark chocolate
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 3 slices parma ham
  • 1 tsp honey

METHOD:

  1. Melt the chocolate in the microwave for 30s-1min, stirring frequently.
  2. Add the balsamic vinegar and honey, season, and whisk to create the vinaigrette.
  3. Arrange the spinach, pear and pancetta on a plate, and cover in dressing.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

NUTRITION:

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Pear – High in vitamin C for immune and antioxidant function, K for cell signalling, and potassium for fluid balance and electrolytes.

Spinach – providing vitamin K for cell signalling and vitamin A for eye function, as well as fibre for digestion.

Parma ham – High in protein and the B vitamins for carbohydrate and energy utilisation, and mineral phosphorus for bone and protein function.

Main: Steak with Chocolate and Coffee Sauce

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 140g (1 average) lean trimmed steak
  • 1 medium potato, cut into wedges
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 garlic clove, diced
  • 2 slices parma ham
  • 50ml white wine
  • 50ml fat free creme fraiche
  • 2 tbsp coffee (I used 1 tsp instant made up with water)
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp pink peppercorns
  • 10g 85% dark chocolate

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Beef – High in protein and low in fat, when the lean version is bought. It is also high in vitamin B3, B6 and B12 for energy release in respiration, and iron for protein and neurotransmitter synthesis and immune function.

Onion –  High in vitamin C for immune function, folic acid for DNA synthesis, and fibre for digestion.

Creme fraiche – contributes towards your protein and calcium requirements. Calcium is essential for bone growth and maintenance.

Parma ham – High in protein and the B vitamins for carbohydrate and energy utilisation, and mineral phosphorus for bone and protein function.

Spinach – providing vitamin K for cell signalling and vitamin A for eye function, as well as fibre for digestion.

METHOD:

  1. Preheat the oven to 220/ 6.
  2. Mix 1 tsp of olive oil with the potato wedges and season. Bake for 40minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, heat 1 tsp olive oil in a pan on a medium heat and sauté the onion until caramelised for 5minutes. Blitz in a blender with the white wine into a paste.
  4. Add the steak to the pan and fry on each side for 2 minutes on a high heat. Remove from the pan.
  5. Add the parma ham and fry until just crisping, then add the onion paste and heat through for a further 2 minutes.
  6. Return the beef to the pan along with the creme fraiche and peppercorns and cook until bubbling, then add the coffee, chocolate and thyme until simmering.
  7. Serve with spinach and the potato wedges.
  8. Enjoy!

Dessert: Chocolate Blueberry Pudding

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 150ml fat free greek yoghurt
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 60g blueberry
  • half a banana
  • 1 tso 85% dark chocolate, grated
  • honey (optional, to make sweeter)

METHOD:

  1. Mix half the greek yoghurt with the cocoa powder.
  2. Serve in a tall glass tumbler, layering the cocoa yoghurt, fruit, and plain yoghurt.
  3. Top with chocolate shavings and a mint leaf.
  4. Enjoy!

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Yoghurt – contributes towards your protein and calcium requirements. Calcium is essential for bone growth and maintenance.

Blueberries – Containing iron for oxygen transfer, phosphorus for bone structure, and magnesium for nerve transmission and DNA replication.

Banana – High in potassium for fluid balance and muscle contraction, and containing naturally occurring sugars to keep your energy up for longer!

Super Healthy Banana Bread

Using no fat whatsoever and minimal added sugar, this loaf is transformed into something that can be enjoyed as a healthy carbohydrate! Plus it is only 104kcal per slice!!

Makes 2 loaves (7 slices per loaf) or 1 large loaf (14 slices)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 140g wholewheat flour
  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3 overripe bananas (plus one for topping)
  • 3 eggs
  • 150ml fat free plain yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • METHOD:
    1. Preheat the oven to 160/4.
      Line 2 baking tins with baking parchment.
      Mix the dry ingredients together.
      In a separate bowl, mush the bananas together, and then mix with the yoghurt, syrup and eggs.
      Combine the wet and dry ingredients.
      Half the extra banana and add to the top (optional), or add any other topping that takes your fancy.
      Bake for 40-45minutes if baking two loaves, or 1hr15-20minutes if only baking one.
      Enjoy warm or store to eat later! It can be frozen if needed.

    NUTRITION:

    Banana – High in potassium for fluid balance and muscle contraction, and containing naturally occurring sugars to keep your energy up for longer!

    Yoghurt – contributing towards your protein and calcium requirements. Calcium is essential for bone growth and maintenance.

    Wholewheat flour – provides slow-release carbohydrate to keep you going for longer and fibre for good digestion.

    Banana Chocolate Lollipops

    These healthy alternatives to ice cream are both delicious AND fun to make!

    Makes 6 lollipops

    INGREDIENTS:

    • 3 bananas
    • 100g chocolate
    • Other toppings – see ideas at the bottom

    METHOD:

    1. Cut the bananas into halves and push lollipop sticks or skewers into the bottom.
    2. Freeze overnight.
    3. When frozen, melt the chocolate in a bowl above a saucepan of simmering water.
    4. Dip the bananas in the chocolate, and cover with any other toppings – this will have to be done quickly if the chocolate is to be used as a ‘sticking agent’ as the frozen banana will cause the chocolate to harden quickly.
    5. Eat immediately or stick in the freezer for keeping.
    6. Enjoy!

    NUTRITION:

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    The above information is for just the banana dipped in chocolate, additional macronutrients and calories will be added with additional toppings.

    Topping ideas:

    • Peanuts and melted peanut butter (in picture)
    • Honeycomb and chocolate pieces (in picture)
    • Peanut butter and salt (in picture)
    • Sprinkles
    • Crushed pistachio nuts
    • Crushed hazelnuts and Nutella
    • Lotus spread and crushed lotus biscuits
    • Nut butter and jam