Sunday, September 23, 2012

Conscious Chocolate Indulgence

Hi friends!

Today has been a fun family day - Apple Festival, Halloween decorating, Orioles & Football on tv.  And while I was dressed for summer (who knew it would be chilly today?  Everyone but me, apparently) the crisp fall air made for a PERFECT day for hot cocoa.  I'm a chocolate girl at heart.  Always have been and very likely always will be.  I'm finding myself eating more dark chocolate now that I'm avoiding gluten.  Let's face it, my quick go-to snacks are limited when I don't prepare properly.

When I was at the Natural Products Expo East yesterday, I made sure to visit one of my favorite organic chocolate makers, NibMor.  These girls are beautiful, glowing and super friendly.  I saw them speak at an Institute for Integrative Nutrition conference last fall in New York and I really fell in love with their conscious business practice and their philosophy as well as their amazing chocolate.

Jennifer and Heather took many things into consideration when making their chocolate.  Some of these included sustainability, eco-friendliness and the avoidance of any GMOs.  They wanted to make sure that their chocolates contained the health benefits associated with cacao (antioxidants, anti-inflammation & anti-aging, mental clarity, anti-depressant, vitamins & minerals) while keeping their products raw, vegan, gluten-free and free of refined sugar.

I love this statement on their site: "The NibMor Lifestyle is about making healthy, sustainable, charitable and fun choices for YOU."  Right?!?  I agree 100%!  My lifestyle choice today was to indulge in a packet of NibMor's AH-MAZING Drinking Chocolate.  I did not feel guilty at all for having it (like I would have if I had my hot cocoa of choice back in the day...a.k.a. Starbucks venti non-fat no-whip hot chocolate).  My stomach bloats just thinking about those.  Oh yes, there are WAY better choices these days and at the top of my list - NibMor's Drinking Chocolate.  It's made with natural Coconut Palm Sugar which is lower on the glycemic index than other traditional sugars and it has higher levels of Potassium & Magnesium.

I'm grateful to Heather for giving me a packet of the Traditional as well as a packet of the Mint.  Next, I'll have to find the 6 Spice locally so I can try that out.  A girl can't possibly have too many Drinking Chocolate options this time of year!

A funny thing happened to me yesterday too.  My lovely friend Jill Brack of Glow Gluten Free - whom I was working with at her beautiful booth at Expo East - brought me two small squares of NibMor Mint Dark Chocolate.  If you know me, you might know that I do not like mint.  For many years I had to use a cinnamon toothpaste because mint was too strong for me.  To this day, I still prefer anything cinnamon over anything mint.  I digress.  Jill brought me two squares of NibMor's Mint Dark Chocolate.  I took them and thanked her for thinking of me, and thought that I'd give these to my husband to try.  On the way home in the car, however, I was hungry and the chocolates were right next to me in my bag, on the seat, peeking through the mesh pocket, saying "Debi!  Try me!  I'm REALLLLLY good!!"  How does a chocolate loving girl say no to that?  I tried one...and was really pretty shocked.  I have never been a fan of mixing mint & chocolate...but this was not only good, it was fabulous!  So, I ate the second one too.  Take that you mint aversion!!  I'm already planning on when I'll be trying my Mint Drinking Chocolate sample.  Mmm...

Want to find a retailer near you?  Check here:  Locate NibMor near me.  You can also order directly from their site.  So drop what you're doing and go find some of this chocolate.  You can thank me later.  Yeah, it's THAT good.

I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk

I used a whisk for a smoother drink

I couldn't think of a happier mug to put my NibMor in!

One Happy Mommy!!

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