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Our 2017 Easter Specials - ON SALE NOW!

Becca Crawford

Our nutrient-dense no-crap Easter chocolates are once again available for purchase at Broth Bar & Larder

This is artisan chocolate made with the highest quality ingredients. We have tweaked our original recipe to make it more kid-friendly for younger palates.

As usual, we have two fabulous offerings this Easter! 


1. ORGANIC YUMMY BUNNY

These little fellows are made of solid raw dark chocolate and retail for $22.50 (cheaper than the Lindt ones I saw in Woollies!). Perfect for all the yummy mummies, delicious daddies and little bunnies out there….these will get your bunny tails shaking! 


2. MINI SOKOLATA DELIGHTS

These delightful little half eggs are the perfect mouth-sized treat. Each egg is decorated with either a goji berry, an activated almond or activated cinnamon buckwheat. You can pop them into some hard plastic egg-shaped containers from $2 shops for those treasured Easter egg hunts (pictured below). 

They are retailing for $15/100g bag and each bag has a mixture of the 3 flavours. 


THE INGREDIENTS THAT GO INTO OUR ARTISAN CHOCOLATE...

Our artisan Easter chocolate is made with the following 3 pure ingredients

  • Raw cacao powder
  • Raw cacao butter
  • Mineral rich Canadian maple syrup

In keeping with last year's tradition we have reformulated our signature raw dark chocolate recipe by reducing the amount of raw cacao powder to make it less bitter for younger palates. Because it is less bitter, we reduced the amount of maple syrup as less sweetener is needed when there is less raw cacao powder. Commercial manufactures increase the amount of sweetener for kids’ chocolates but we did the opposite as we know how unnecessary and damaging an excess of sweeteners are, especially for young growing bodies. The result is a silky smooth melt-in-your-mouth buttery sensation with a hint of raw dark chocolate. We trialed these on the harshest of critics (kids!) and got the big thumbs up!

To read about the nutritional benefits of raw cacao powder and what’s in commercially-produced chocolate that you might want to steer clear of (such as soy lecithins, refined sweetens, agave syrup, preservatives, milk powders), read one of my earlier newsletters here.

If these Easter chocolates don’t take your fancy, there’s always our sokolata (raw dark chocolate slabs…choose from 4 different flavours retailing from $12.50/100g) or our raw cacao coconut balls (sweetened with whole medjool dates retailing at $17.50/bag of 6). 


AVAILABLE NOW UNTIL STOCKS LAST AT BROTH BAR & LARDER IN BRONTE

To avoid disappointment, you can pre-order your chocolates by emailing us at orders@staraniseorganic.com and we will put packets aside for you. We can also courier the Yummy Bunnies to Sydney Metro Areas for an additional courier fee.

We are closed over the Easter 4 day long weekend 14 - 17 April.

WISHING YOU ALL A HAPPY CHOCOLATE-FILLED EASTER!!

ON SALE NOW - ORGANIC KID-FRIENDLY CHOCOLATE EASTER BUNNIES + MINI EASTER EGGS!

Becca Crawford

 

Our nutrient-dense no-crap Easter chocolates are now available for sale at Broth Bar & Larder. This is artisan chocolate made with the highest quality ingredients. We have tweaked our original recipe to make it more kid-friendly for younger palates.

We have 2 fabulous offerings this Easter! --->

1. 

ORGANIC YUMMY BUNNY

These little fellows are made of solid raw dark chocolate and retail for $16.50 (cheaper than the Lindt ones I saw in Woollies!)

Perfect for all the yummy mummies, delicious daddies and little bunnies out there….these will get your bunny tails shaking! 

2.

MINI SOKOLATA DELIGHTS

These delightful little half eggs are the perfect mouth-sized treat. Each egg is decorated with either a goji berry, an activated almond or activated cinnamon buckwheat. You can pop them into some hard plastic egg-shaped containers from $2 shops for those treasured Easter egg hunts (pictured below). 

They are retailing for $15/100g bag and each bag has a mixture of the 3 flavours. 


THE INGREDIENTS THAT GO INTO OUR ARTISAN CHOCOLATE...

Our artisan chocolate is made with the following 4 pure ingredients:

  • Raw cacao powder
  • Raw cacao butter
  • Mineral rich Canadian maple syrup
  • A pinch of sea salt to add further minerals and to further reduce bitterness of the raw cacao powder.

This year we have reformulated our signature raw dark chocolate recipe by reducing the amount of raw cacao powder to make it less bitter for younger palates. Because it is less bitter, we reduced the amount of maple syrup as less sweetener is needed when there is less raw cacao powder. Commercial manufactures increase the amount of sweetener for kids’ chocolates but we did the opposite as we know how unnecessary and damaging an excess of sweeteners are, especially for young growing bodies. The result is a silky smooth melt-in-your-mouth buttery sensation with a hint of raw dark chocolate. We trialed these on the harshest of critics (kids!) and got the big thumbs up!

To read about the nutritional benefits of raw cacao powder and what’s in commercially-produced chocolate that you might want to steer clear of (such as soy lecithins, refined sweetens, agave syrup, preservatives, milk powders), read one of my earlier newsletters here.

If these Easter chocolates don’t take your fancy, there’s always our sokolata (raw dark chocolate slabs…choose from 4 different flavours retailing from $12.50/100g) or our raw cacao coconut balls (sweetened with whole medjool dates retailing at $17.50/bag of 6). 

AVAILABLE NOW UNTIL STOCKS LAST AT BROTH BAR & LARDER IN BRONTE

Or you can pre-order (to avoid disappointment) by emailing orders@staraniseorganic.com and we will put packets aside for you. we can also courier the Yummy Bunnies to Sydney Metro Areas for an additional courier fee.


We are closed over the Easter 4 day long weekend 25-28 March!
WISHING YOU ALL A HAPPY CHOCOLATE-FILLED EASTER!!


 

My 6 tips for coping with Halloween...PLUS my recipe for "NO-CRAP" chocolate crackles!

Becca Crawford

HALLOWEEN IS MY NIGHTMARE. There is enough sugar-laden artificial crap that gets handed around to sink a battleship (or three). The battleships in this case are our most highly prized possessions- our children- and somehow firing copious amounts of ammunition at them until they raise the white the flag in defeat (illness) is totally acceptable and even celebrated. Sugar and junk food generally has become so ubiquitous that it sometimes appears that it’s the only way that people know how to demonstrate their love.  It is woven into the very fabric of our culture, with Halloween taking the spotlight. The tradition may have started out with small offerings of nuts and currants, a far cry from today’s supersized fluorescent coloured bounties.

What’s so bad about a handful of lollies? Aren’t I overreacting? Let’s look at the science. The human body is designed to consume only SMALL amounts of unrefined naturally sweet whole foods (such as fruit) or SMALL amounts of unrefined concentrated sweeteners (eg raw honey, maple syrup). This is especially so with children as their bodies are smaller so the impact is more acute. The human body is NOT designed to consume PROCESSED sugar (i.e. bleached and stripped of all minerals), high fructose sweeteners or artificial flavours, colours and preservatives as these things simply didn't exist when our genes were set some 2.6m years ago (which haven’t changed much, if at all, since). 

You may beg to differ (or your sweet tooth may want you too!) but that’s just the reality of our anatomy and physiology. When we consume things we are not designed to eat, the resulting mismatch causes sickness that manifests in numerous ways, both great and small. And sweet foods prime our childrens’ palates for more sweet foods, perpetuating the cycle.  The dangers of sugar and artificial ingredients are now well-known even in the mainstream that I have no need to expand in song and verse on their deleterious effects but the punch line is that high amounts of sugar in the diet lead to high levels of triglycerides and insulin in the blood - risk factors for heart disease and diabetes. A recent Yale study indicated that nearly one in 4 kids between the ages of 4 and 18 have pre-diabetes. Sobering. You can read more about sugar in one of my previous posts here. Health guru Chris Kresser in the USA has written numerous papers on the issue (search www.chriskresser.com), David Gillespie’s Sweet Poison is a terrific text on the subject and our very own Sarah Wilson has written a book or 2 on why she quit sugar.

But isn’t a little bit of poison good for you? Doesn’t it build up resistance? Whatever doesn’t kill you must make you stronger, right?  Unfortunately, refined sugar and junk food are not hormetic. They do not induce a positive adaptation that help us adapt and evolve in the same way that, say, exercise (which is also a stressor) does. 


Fortunately there now exists an abundance of healthy nutrient-dense naturally sweetened treats that kids can enjoy in moderation without the negative consequences of the commercial variety. I tell my kids if you are going to eat sweet foods eat the BEST QUALITY SWEET FOODS YOU CAN GET because life is too short to eat crap food. Junk food is called precisely that because it's junk i.e. rubbish and "you are not rubbish bins!!"


So here's what I suggest: 

1. Fill them up on a nutritious snack or dinner before embarking on trick or treating so that they are not starving when entering the battlefield.

2. Take a basket filled with some healthy nutrient-dense treats with you for kids to munch instead of the junk that they will be given. Examples include my date coconut balls, power bars, raw dark chocolate or make your own healthy treats eg chocolate crackles made with activated buckwheat, raw cacao powder and maple syrup (recipe below). 

3. When you get home swap every piece of crap with a real food treat of equivalent weight which can be apportioned over the next few days or weeks. This is not about deprivation! This is about providing a healthy alternative to every piece of junk.

4. Ask for more TRICKS than treats. (Yes there is a ‘Trick’ part to the question that gets entirely overlooked!). You might be surprised to see what tricks are up some people’s sleeves! ;)

 
 


5. Educate! Educate! Educate! I can’t stress how important it is to educate your kids about the effects of junk food versus real food. Remind them that you want them to grow and function properly, so that they can perform their best to reach their true potential. Tell them that you want them to be tall, strong, robust, breathtakingly beautiful, cavity-free, super smart, calm and happy, and that eating junk food will rob them of that potential. Tell them that they wont run as fast, hit the ball as far or dance as beautifully if they are not fuelling their body with the very thing that bodies need to run on- nutrient-rich real food! If they love sports, you may like to suggest that they read my blog post on how the Sydney Roosters won the 2013 Grand Final by switching to a traditional wholefoods diet and eschewing all processed foods, and that more and more professional athletes are doing the same world-wide.  Encourage them to make good food choices and remind them that they always have a CHOICE as to what they should put into their body. No one is putting a gun to their heads to eat junk food and simply because others are eating it doesn’t mean that they should follow the crowd. The “don’t follow the crowd” notion is something often discussed in my son’s class at school and I wish I had this sort of education growing up that it’s ok to take your own path and not follow the crowd if going with the crowd doesn’t resonate with you. Encourage your chipmunks to check in with their bodies in the hours and days after eating junk food to see how it made them feel and function. The effects are often direct and clear. This is not a discussion on ethics or morals, or right or wrong. This is simply about cause and effect. 

6. Remind them to focus on the non-food related aspects of any given social event eg fun, play, connection, costumes and ridiculously scary makeup. Look no further than BEET KVASS to make interesting facial impressions!

Below is my dead-easy and delicious recipe for no-crap chocolate crackles. They don’t require any baking. Perhaps you and your kids might like to make these this weekend? If you make them please tag me in your photos! 

Chocolate Crackles

Ingredients:

1 cup activated cinnamon buckwheat

Chocolate sauce:

1 tablespoons raw cacao powder
1 tablespoon coconut oil or butter
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon coconut milk
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1/16 tsp unrefined salt (optional)

Directions:

Add chocolate sauce ingredients to a small saucepan and gently heat while stirring or whisking to combine the ingredients. Add the buckwheat and stir through until well combined.

Add spoonfuls of the mixture into paper cupcake moulds and freeze or refrigerate to harden.

Makes 6-7