Hi everyone!  Hope you’re having a great day!  I meant to post this yesterday, but the neighbourhood was having connectivity issues 😦  It seems that the problem has now been resolved so here we go! If you’re sensitive to chocolate then carob may be an alternative for you. It has a very similar taste to chocolate, only naturally slightly sweeter  (here’s a little info about where carob comes from). You can find it in many grocery stores in powder form or as carob chips , which are harder to find.  I can find carob chips at the Bulk Barn, which is ok if you’re not too worried about airborne contamination.  I think you can find them in packages at Whole Foods. Some health benefits of Carob:

  • Carob tannins contain Gallic acid that works as an analgesic, anti-allergic, antibacterial, antioxidant, antiviral and antiseptic.
  • Carob improves digestion and lowers cholesterol level in the blood.
  • It is used for treating diarrhea in children and adults alike.
  • Since it does not contain caffeine, carob benefits people with high blood pressure.
  • Regular use of carob helps in preventing lung cancer.
  • The vitamin E content in carob helps in treating cough, flu, anemia and osteoclasis.
  • The Gallic acid in carob helps in preventing and treating polio in children.
  • Carob fights against osteoporosis, due to its richness in phosphorus and calcium.
  • Carob pod husks are chewed by singers to clear the voice and throat.

One of my easiest carob hacks for the summer is “chocolate” ice-cream. IMG_0013 All you need is a bowl of vanilla ice cream of your choice and a spoonful of carob powder.  Mix them together with your spoon and voila!  Instant “chocolate” ice cream!IMG_0015