Chocolate Peppermint Raspberry Tofu Brownies

You will follow this recipe if you can find Nasoya Silken Chocolate Tofu - but if you can't, the amounts in parentheses will be what you will use if you can only find REGULAR Tofu

3/4 cup whole wheat flour                                                                   1/4 cup GOOD Cocoa Powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda                                                                   1/8 teaspoon salt
8 oz CHOCOLATE Silken Tofu (6 oz regular Tofu)                           1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup white sugar (1 cup white sugar)                                               4 teaspoons vanilla or almond extract
2 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped (4 oz bittersweet)                        2 teaspoons peppermint extract  OR                    
1/2 cup GOOD dark chocolate chips                                         5 drops dOterra Essential oil Peppermint

Preheat oven to 350' and grease an 8" square pan
Combine dry ingredients: flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in small bowl and set aside
Place tofu in a food processor. Puree till smooth and add olive oil and sugar
Blend for another minute and stir in vanilla or almond extract
Melt chocolate in top of double boiler (pan set over hot water), stir frequently, scraping down sides.  Mix this into the tofu mixture and then stir in the flour mixture.  Finish by folding in chocolate chips.
Bake in the oven, about 30 minutes, but brownies are a finicky bunch, so I suggest checking every 15 minutes or so and if you think they are ready, the toothpick will come out before slicing and then grab an icy cold glass of almond milk, rice milk, hemp milk or coconut milk... YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!                        

What kind of carbs should I eat?

Some people might believe that there are only 2 types of carbohydrates out there—Simple and Complex, but actually, there is a third one which is included sometimes in the complex carb category and it’s called Dietary Fiber. Let’s talk about dietary fiber.

Another name for this is called roughage or “rabbit food” The roughage comes from different parts on the plants that we cannot digest. It is called “fiber” because it is both soluble and insoluble. The soluble fiber is able to be broken down to provide us with energy.You can find this in many fruits, vegetables , most of your leafy greens, apples and pears, just to name a few.
The insoluble fiber is usually found in whole grain cereals, breads and rice and it does NOT provide energy and cannot be digested.” To increase the amount of fiber in your diet, try starting each day with a high-fiber cereal or substitute a sugary snack with the dry cereal The complex carbs are the good boys in this whole group. They provide the body with the best fuel possible. They also maintain their natural water content, fibers, vitamins and minerals. They help you feel more satisfied after eating.
Foods high in fiber contain complex carbs and the good thing about this is that these carbs break down in a slower manner, thereby giving us a steadier blood sugar level throughout the day, and in return, you feel less hungry and irritable. These should be included as part of your daily eating program. Ahhh, but what should I eat you ask – how about fresh fruit, ie apricots, raspberries, strawberries and blackberries, vegetables, legumes and grains.
You can also consume NON STARCHY vegetables – and what are these you ask? Let me take some of the guess work out of the equation for you. Believe it or not, there are many veggies out there low in carbohydrates. These include asparagus, green beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cucumbers, eggplant, greens, leeks, mushrooms, onions, peppers, radishes, just to name a few.
The following also are considered starchy veggies but just limit your intake, especially if you have diabetes or other diseases where you need to restrict sugar and carb intake.
The simple carbs are the “bad boys” in the group. These types primarily have most if not all the nutrition removed from them. Overindulging of this type, more commonly referred to as processed foods, will leave your body unsatisfied which can lead to overeating. The can throw your insulin and blood sugar levels off. If you blood sugar drops too low, this will cause the hunger to appear, and when that happens,
WATCH OUT!!! The food monster rears its ugly head. It’s true our body needs sugar as fuel, but only to a certain point. Any extra will be turned into fat, and you don’t want that to happen now, do you?

Good Carbs (YAAAAYYYY!!!) Vegetables, Fruits, Legumes, Nuts and seeds, Whole grains

Bad Carb Foods (BOOOOOO!) Most baked goods – sorry!! :  White bread, Pastas, Soda, Candy, Fruit juices


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MSG - Do you know what it is doing to America?

Do you have any idea what MSG is? Mono sodium glutamate, better known as MSG, is a form of concentrated salt added to foods to enhance the flavor. This salt version of glutamic acid is an amino acid the body can produce on its own, but the MSG we find on store shelves is processed and comes from fermented sugar beets. Because this kind of MSG is processed, it can cause many adverse reactions, including skin rashes, itching, hives, nausea, vomiting, migraine headaches, asthma, heart irregularities, depression and even seizures Yes, you read that right--this is an addictive substance that has been known to cause all these side effects.........Go to your kitchen cabinets right now and start looking at some of the foods you are eating--you will be surprised what this little demon is in---Campbells Soups, Hostess Doritos, Lays Potato Chips, Top Ramen, Betty Crocker Hamburger helper to name a few. If you don't see the actual wording MSG, look for hydrolyzed vegetable protein--and this is just one of many names MSG can hide under. No surprise that many of the fast food chains use this and why not, IT'S ADDICTIVE...consider it NICOTINE for food. This is one area where the FDA has not stuck their nose in--they have set NO limits on how much of it can be added to food. What about the artificial sweetener you consume in diet soft drinks? If there is evidence to prove it may contribute to brain tumors--would you think about it? And if there was eveidence to prove that number of brain tumors have increased since the introduction of artificial sweeteners, would you think twice about your next Diet Pepsi? Aspartate and MSG ---they are both considered excitotoxins, which is a chemical -----and they have been shown to possibly aggravate and/or precipitate many of the epidemic neurodegenerative brain diseases to include, Parkinsons, Huntingtons, ALS and Alzheimers.............. Would you stop eating foods that contained MSG if you knew it could cause brain damage in your children and effect their nervous system in the developmental years? Maybe knowing that it could permanently damage a critical part of the brain known to control hormones, so that later in life, children may have endocrine problems? Hmmmm, migraines, headaches, Autism, ADHD and even Alzheimers--want more??? Go to the National Library of Medicine, and type in MSG Obese and READ over 115 medical studies that support these claims

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