Here are some words that you don’t usually see together: healthy, delicious, and nutritious desserts. RawLove Superfoods create decadent, guilt-free sweet treats that are packed full of nourishment. Owned by certified raw chef Sandra Bottrell, RawLove is all about having your cake and eating it too.
Sandra has opened the doors at RawLove to share some of her passion and experience in creating indulgent raw desserts. My plus one and I attended a raw chocolate cooking demonstration where we learned how to create our own organic, raw, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free desserts. With the limited group sizes, the class had a very personal feel to it and everyone had plenty of opportunity to ask questions.
Sandra’s philosophy on healthy eating is simple: add in, and don’t restrict. It’s all about adding in raw foods and superfoods to your diet, without going cold turkey on the things you enjoy. The more ‘good’ you add in, the less ‘bad’ you will feel like having and your body will thank you for it.
During the three-hour class, we were shown how to make superfood energy balls, chocolate bark, chocolate fudge, and lemon slices. There was plenty of sampling, too. These treats were absolutely delicious and they did not taste like they were ‘good for you’, if you know what I mean. The chocolate bark was so decadent and chocolatey, I had to keep reminding myself that I didn’t have to feel bad about the calorie intake. What a wonderful time to be alive.
The class was educational, fun, and delicious. I learned about superfoods that I had never even heard of, like maca powder, lucuma, and mesquite, just to name a few. Here’s a handy tip I took away from the class: Always pick bananas that are spotted brown. Studies suggests that very ripe, spotted bananas have higher levels of Tumour Necrosis Factor that can help boost your immune system.
If you want to dabble in the art of eating raw and learn more, you can join Sandra at her next intro to raw foods class in early November. Otherwise, I suggest heading down to her store anyway and trying out a slice of RawLove’s signature cheezecake. Trust me, this is one you will have to try for yourself to believe just how damn delicious it really is.
Ashanie Perera is a foodaholic, and avid eater. When she’s not dreaming about her next meal, she can be found running around the block to continue fitting into her current clothes. @thepursuitofchubbyness
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