Photo Cred Lisa Yeeesss chocolate is good for you. Not that junk from the corner store... but delicious, rich, raw chocolate. Cacao is raw chocolate (pronounced ka-cow), it's been minimally processed and never heated above 110°. You can find it at most health food stores and some grocery stores. You want to make sure the English spelling is cacao, if it's cocoa it'll be cheaper. Trust me, you want the raw stuff with all the minerals, vitamins and antioxidants still intact. If this is your first time having raw chocolate, pace your damn self, it's a stimulant and a superfood so a little goes a long way. Broken Chocolate 1/2 cup cacao powder 3/4 cup coconut oil 1/4 cup unpasteurized honey 1/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt Chopped nuts, seeds, dried fruit OR coconut flakes (optional) Mix all ingredients together by hand, it'll be easier if coconut oil is in liquid form. Pour mixture onto a serving platter lined with parchment paper and place in the freezer for 30 to 45 minutes. Once solid you can break the chocolate into pieces. Coconut oil is only stable when cool so it's best to serve out of the fridge in warm weather and it will keep for 6 months to a year. Now you can make your own chocolate anytime you want and eat it without guilt. Less guilt more chocolate!

Chocolate Banana Quinoa After Friday's post about breakfast quinoa I got a little crafty in the kitchen. I love chocolate and bananas, so I used the same left over quinoa and mixed in some cacao, sliced banana, with pumpkin seeds and a dash of honey for sweetness. Delicious! Chocolate Banana Breaky  1 cup cooked quinoa, salted 1 ripe organic banana, sliced 1/2 tsp raw cacao 1 tsp raw honey dash vanilla Mix by hand and enjoy the mind-blowing, all good for you breakfast. The magic of real food %&*!

I took a trip down to Sedona this weekend, what a place! By far one of the most beautiful locations I've been. Elaina Love, our wonderful tour guide, started at Chapel of the Holy Cross which is a surreal church built into the Sedona mountain side, she then lead us on a hike up Cathedral Rock, followed by a high vibrational lunch at The Chocolate Tree which included the most amazing raw chocolate made by Jeffery Botticelli with 100 year old tea leaves ... we were wired afterward as they were unlike any chocolate I've had before. We stopped at a gem shop then off for a quick walk to check out a vortex and finally made our way to Harding Spring to bottle our own water, it was clean, crystal clear and delicious. What was most amazing (other than all that awesome stuff mentioned above) was how the surroundings totally changed over a two hour ride from Scottsdale. From scorching heat and cactus to giant red rock buttes with lush green forest to white mountains, pine trees and chilly temperatures by the spring. It really was fantastic. By the time I got back to the house I was on sensory overload and needed a long walk under the full harvest moon to relax. I highly recommend spending time in Sedona if you have the chance, it's very special. I've included lots of links above, click on all the purple words for more pictures and info!