Back in May I talked about the fantastic new book Must Have Been Something I Ate, by Peggy Kotsopoulos. As I wrote in my blog “This is an incredible book that isn’t preachy or leaves you feeling like you have wandered into weirdo-ville. If you want to feel better about yourself, please read it – the mind-body connections are well written and will get you thinking. It is just that – ‘The simple connection between what you eat and how you look and feel‘.”
Since picking up the copy of her book sent to me and reading it I started also reading the books by Brendan Brazier, the face of Vega. As I delve farther into the way we eat now I find inspiration by both Brendan and Peggy to keep at it. The better I eat, and serve my family, the better we all feel inside and outside.
Peggy’s book covers 5 area of food-mood connections: Energy, Anxiety & Stress, Sleep, Sex and Depression, all discussing how we can overcome these common issues.It discuss the food-weight connection, food-beauty connection and food-health connection, covering Immune, Digestive and PMS. Last but not least is the recipe section featuring lushly photographed recipes, 26 of them. A few feature Vega products, nearly all are delicious sounding (see here for when I made the Chocolate mousse with avocado).
With the copies of the book I also received samples of Vega nutritional supplements in a range of varieties, of which a few are used in the book.
I tried out the Choco Mocha Mousse on page 179. The recipe calls for the use of a high power blender (Vitamix) but seeing as I don’t own one (although every time they have a road show at Costco I have to slap my hands….) I used my food processor instead which resulted in a nice pudding, although I am sure it would have been much smoother in the mixer. Still quite tasty though!
Choco Mocha Mousse
- 2 cups raw cashews
- 3 Tbsp coconut sugar (or plain granulated sugar)
- 2 Tbsp Vega Shake & Go Smoothie – Choc-a-lot flavor
- 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 shot espresso (fresh or 1 heaping tsp instant espresso + 3 ounces water)
- 1/3 cup water
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds, finely ground
(My directions are different from the book as I used a food processor, not a Vitamix or similar blender)
Add the cashews, sugar, Shake & Go Smoothie and cocoa powder to a food processed, run on high until the cashews are finely ground.
Add the espresso, water and vanilla, process on high until smooth.
Shake the ground chia seed on top and process till mixed in.
Divide into dessert dishes and chill before serving.
PS: The winner of our giveaway was Jodi of Washington State!
FTC Disclaimer – we received copies of this book plus samples of food to be used for review.