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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Superfood Saturday- Healthy Chocolate Dessert

Many of us will either give or receive chocolate for valentines day. It seems to be a time for a little indulgence. Today's dessert will let you indulge in a chocolate treat that is also healthy.

I love desserts, especially chocolate. I am usually pretty disciplined about what I eat when I'm training.  At the end of last triathlon season I took a bit of break from training. It is something most triathletes do after a long season of racing.  

The problem was I also took a break from healthy eating. I was consuming all kinds of sweets. I ended up gaining 10 lbs. Not a good thing for an athlete since I have to carry that extra weight on the race course,  I am back to training and healthy eating. I've dropped 2 lbs already. Part of my strategy is when I have sweets to make them a healthy treat like this.

I got this recipe from the Health Challenge I am doing with Max Health Living Chiropractors.  The original recipe was really simple, just coconut milk, cocoa powder and stevia. I add the other ingredients to boost this to super food status. The chia seeds also help to firm up the pudding since the seeds absorb liquid. They also add a little bit of crunch.  Feel free to customize this dessert to make it your own.

If you don't have stevia you can use honey or agave syrup. Both will work. Just add a teaspoon at a time until you get the sweetness you want.


1 can full fat coconut milk
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon Maca powder
3 packets Stevia
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon orange extract
1 tablespoon chia seeds


Put coconut milk into a medium bowl.  Add the cocoa powder and whisk until the cocoa is completely mixed in. Add the rest of the ingredients. Place in refrigerator for 1 hour.

Super Foods featured: Chia Seeds, Macca Powder, cinnamon

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Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT
www.run4cmt.com

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship. She has qualified to represent Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015.  

 In 2014 she represented  the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:
http://www.amazon.com/Christine-Wodke/e/B00IJ02HX6


Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 159 members in 32 states. We also have members in Australia, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland and Iran. If you wish to join us visit our web site; www.run4cmt.com or www.hnf-cure.org


CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

Additional Link
Follow CMT affected Paratriathlete Timmy Dixon
http://cmtamputee.wordpress.com/

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