Four Reasons I let My Kid Have This Chocolate

I am a mom of four year old and I let her eat half a bar of chocolate in one go. There, I said it.  

Do you ever sneak food in your child’s meal that she normally doesn’t like? 

To be honest I think you will not find a parent who doesn’t do that. Sometimes we bake muffins with sweet potatoes to get those precious fibers in and sometimes we are just hell-bent on reducing that last 5 gms of sugar from their daily intake. I mean aren’t they hyper enough that we have to drown them in processed foods and refined sugars.

These days I feel I am watching her food intake with a microscope. I have been fortunate enough that she usually likes to snack on raw fruits and vegetables compared to her classmates. But is that enough to have a robust immune system? Likely not. She, just like my husband and I, needs to strengthen her immune and digestive system. Superfoods help you do just that. Turmeric is anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Cardamom aids in boosting digestive health. Ashwagandha helps reduce stress, anxiety, and blood sugar levels. Cinnamon has been shown to decrease the amount of glucose that enters your bloodstream after a meal.

 

As my daughter eats fresh and healthy meals on a daily basis, I sneak in different superfoods in her diet without her finding out. Like turmeric and moringa in soup and cardamom in her milk. But she definitely needs her sweet treats now and then too. And I really don’t mind letting her have those little indulgences (one that satisfies her sweet tooth and my nutrition benchmark). And then I ran into Elements Truffles.

 

A few reasons why I love Elements Truffles:

1. These organic and raw chocolates have two core ingredients - cacao and honey. I can totally see some of us questioning how this chocolate would taste. To those I would say – easy peasy ABCs. It is the 3 bite rule. Try it to know it. These chocolates are 70%-75% dark and they are not bitter or dry at all. Send your thank-you notes to almighty honey and micro-batch production.

2. All of the chocolates are loaded with superfoods. I say bring it on. If we are putting these amazing herbs in our smoothies, juices, vegetables, and tortillas then why not chocolates? Getting kids to eat superfoods like turmeric, tulsi, ginger, black pepper, lavender, lemon, cinnamon, and cardamom is not easy for most moms. Definitely not for me.

 

My daughter eats half a bar of Ginger flavored chocolate bar infused with black pepper in one go and she loves it. And it has only 5g of sugar in it. What is more amazing is that I love that she loves it. It makes me a cool mom that lets her eat chocolate and I know that she is eating superfoods. Win. Win!

3. There is no artificial junk in there at all. NOPE. NONE. First time I saw the ingredient list I read it all thrice in less than a minute without scrunching my eyebrows or twisting my tongue.

 

There is no refined sugar, no soy, no preservatives, no artificial color, and no artificial flavors. The only reason I am repeating so many NO’s is that I haven’t found many chocolates out there that really go above and beyond. 

4. It doesn’t stop at chocolate bars. Have you tried the chocolate drink mix and maple glazed cacao nibs? Just like the chocolate bars, the drink mix and coco fuel also have superfoods like turmeric, ashwagandha, lemon, and cardamom.

 

These are now my pantry must-haves and have replaced my regular cocoa powder and chocolate chips. These two things are no brainers for me. I use them to make hot chocolate, cold chocolate, ice pop, ice creams, brownies, cakes, pancakes, and chocolate syrup.  

 I can keep going on about everything I love about them - Like how they give back to community, 100% recyclable packaging, and their people first philosophy. But I don’t want to keep my hot cacao waiting any longer. And its infused with Ashwagandha!

I just know that as a mom I can now let my daughter eat chocolate every day without sweating about the sugar rush and other no-no's that usually come with candy. 

 Lot of love,

 Mom.

May 05, 2020 by Abhishek Ratna