I am continuously on the look out for great products that I want to support and promote – especially when it comes to chocolate. Mark and Bridgette have been at it for the last few years and have brought their love for chocolate to life.
They have masterfully created a line of raw chocolate bars that are made with Love and Gratitude, 70% plus pure cacao paste, chocolate, pure cane sugar and crafted essence extracts for each bar. Whether mocha, mint, ginger, orange, spice or just plain delicious original.
Why Giddy Chocolate?
As you know, I am not one for packaged products, but there are a few that I endorse and think are a great addition to a balanced lifestyle. Especially when it comes to chocolate. Since most commercial chocolate bars are just not an option (being loaded with sugar, dairy and containing cocoa that is devoid of any nutrition), why not get your hands on some pure giddy love. Carry them around in your purse or car (though not on a hot summer day). Keep them in your freezer, bring them to a movie, share with a friend – or mix into recipes.
I like to crumble my mint giddy yoyo bar on top of some Coconut Bliss ice cream for a chocolate – minty dessert. I have also crumbled down the original and ginger to top on some strawberries for a refreshing and tasty dessert. Your options are limitless.
The giddy yoyo chocolate is from the most pristine and exotic lands. They way the cacao processed is minimally invasive keeping the cacao as intact and as pure as possible. There is no side effects or strong caffeine-like reactions from consuming giddy yoyo, just pure enjoyment. To find out more see here.
The cacao bean is one of nature’s highest sources of magnesium and antioxidants, it is also high in iron, vitamin C, zinc, manganese, chromium, copper and fiber. Kind of like a multi-vitamin? It is also beneficial to your cardiovascular system, prevents against cancer, can balance blood sugar, lower cholesterol and makes you happy as cacao contains trytophan which is key for mood-enhancing and overall feeling good!
Now that you know why chocolate is so good for you, I want you to have the chance to try one of these amazing bars. I only have a few bars to give away, so please tell me why you are worthy of a giddy yoyo bar.
What you need to do to win is:
Comment below – tell me why you love chocolate or why you want to try some giddy yoyo.
Who ever shows the most activity and the most love – will win one of the 6 bars that I have to give away.
Last Monday, family day – Ryan and I went to the Sha Sha Co. factory. If you aren’t familiar with this incredible product line, it is about time you are! Sha Sha Bread Co is a Canadian bakery company that is responsible for making some of the most incredibly nutritious and tastiest products on the market. From a variety of sprouted breads, to delicious heart shaped cookies, and more recently launched is their new bio buds and a sprouted buckwheat snack.
I have been in love with thier products (breads, pizza crusts, flatbreads) for years now, as they embrace spelt as a staple grain, they take pride in the baking process by soaking and sprouting their grains and everything they make just tastes so good and is made with love.
It is one thing to love a product and buy it and use it. But it is another thing to actually meet the creator himself, Sha Sha, and go to visit the factory. Everthing just seemd happen coincidentally. Ryan and I were planning to go and visit the factory on Family Day, and just the weekend before, I attended the annual Organic Groweres Conference and listened to Sha Sha speak at two seperate lectures over the weekend.
Sha Sha is purely passionate about what he does. He is a baker at heart and wanted nothing more than to make the most nutritoius breads and baked goods. He set out on this mission and now has a full thriving business because of it. I can totally relate to this, as a good business just doesn’t come with hard work and money – it comes with passion and love. Something I take pride in everyday with my own business. So after hearing the voice behind the breads and goodies I have been indulging in for years, this made me even more excited to visit his home…the ShaSha Co. factory.
I call it a home, because that is truly what the factory felt like. Being a family run business – it is has the warmth and feel as if we were invited into Sha Sha’s home. With kids and families part taking in the free event on family day you could just see how excited kids actually get about their products. Using bright colours and friendly packaging also thier facility is nut free – which opens it’s doors to even more avenues. The factory also implements green practices that have the environment in mind like re-using water, being efficient with energy and power usage, managing waste and paper trails and sourcing local and organic products as much as possible to keep the costs and travel emissions low! Sha Sha is truly innovative in everything that he does and we all get to benefit from it as a result!
Sha Sha educating his visitors
Lots of Love!
Ready to be enjoyed!
Happy with our goodie bags of treats!
Can’t all factories be like this? Filled with love, making delicious happy and healthy products that everyone can enjoy?
Thanks Sha Sha for being a frontier!
Have you tried Sha Sha breads or products? if not…..
Tell me why you love them and I might just send you some delicious spelt ginger heart cookies!
In my last post I let you all know that I was headed to Whistler and here I am in Whistler at the Olympics and having the time of my life. Eating all of my yummy food, spending time with my family and seeing incredible athletes part-take in amazing events!
But I have some news to share with you -
Yesterday – being February 26, 2010 my boyfriend (now fiancee) and I went up to the top of Whistler mountain. We were trekking around in the snowy windy whether looking for the perfect spot for picture – he handed his camera over to a stranger (set it on video) then got down on one knee and proposed to me (with the most beautiful ring) in the snow. This was not only a complete surprise, but extremely romantic as Whistler is where we met three and half years ago (and we are both from Toronto). We then spent some time at the top – waited for my family to arrive and took the peak-to-peak gondola from the top of whistler mountain to the top of blackcomb – can you say unbelievable and breathtaking! Then we went to a restaurant on blackcomb which had a panoramic view of the ski hills (where I managed to have an amazing meal – curried coconut carrot soup, and a roasted beet, walnut, apple and goat cheese salad) a perfect post-engagement lunch! Then we spent the rest of the day at the bobsled event where I wore my gorgeous ring under my red Canadian gloves (with the date embroidered into them- compliments of the mom’s).
So I just wanted to share this very special event with all of you – not too much here on nutrition – other than I was nourished with love yesterday! Oh and I managed to whip up a random dinner of brown rice, lentils, roasted yams with broccolini on four glasses of (local) celebratory wine! I was rather impressed with myself as it was all delicious.
In fact the yams I made yesterday were so good, I will even share the simple way I prepared them!
Cozy Yam Rings
2 yams, sliced into circles (from one end to the other)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 teaspoon herbed sea salt
Place sliced yams into a bowl and toss with olive oil and sea salt.
Lay flat on baking sheet and bake at 350F for 30 – 40 minutes!
Ingredients:1 Spanish onion, cut into large dice
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 ½ teaspoon, sea salt
1 tablespoon dried oregano
4 cups filtered water or stock
1 bay leaf
1 butternut squash, peeled and cut into medium dice
3 parsnips cut into medium dice
1 sweet potato cut into large dice
3 ribs celery cut into large dice
1 large zucchini or two small zucchini, cut into small chunks
1 bunch of chard, cut into bit size pieces
1 cup soaked and cooked kidney beans (optional)
½ cup cooked macaroni brown rice noodles (optional)In a small pot, sweat onion in oil with salt until soft.
Add oregano and sweat a few more minutes
Add water and bay leaf
Add vegetables in order given (squash, parsnips, sweet potatoes, celery, zucchini)
Turn up heat until water bubbles, then lower and simmer covered for 40-45 minutes.
Stir vegetables until squash falls apart.
Add in chopped chard.
Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
Stir a few more times and serve.*** For a smoother texture, simmer squash separately until soft (in 1-2 cups of water), and puree in food processor. Add squash to the soup for the last 10 minutes of cooking.