Healthy Chocolate for a Hedonistic Valentine’s Day

Congrats to Carley Lang who won the gorgeous Gnosis Chocolates! If you 

didn’t win, don’t worry – there are more great contests coming up ~ keep coming back! 

I might have mentioned this once or twice…I LOVE chocolate.

(Can’t wait to show you the chocolate making class

I attended in the Costa Rican rain forest last month ~ video coming!)

And one of my FAVORITE chocolate brands is from right here in NYC. Gnosis (which means knowledge of intuition, experience, and heart) Chocolate is made from the best quality, organic, raw , ethically sourced cacao available.

Gnosis Passion Collection for Valentine's Day! Photo Credit: Jeff Skeirik

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, here’s great news: Gnosis Chocolate’s organic, Passion Collection is here… brimming with chocolate’s love-enhancing ingredients and crowned with aphrodisiacs from around the world! And it’s all created 100% by hand in Gnosis’s kitchen – folded into raw vegan chocolate that’s free of soy, dairy, cholesterol, and refined sugar.­

You already know that chocolate is a veritable laboratory of love. Its chemicals stimulate our brain juices to flow into rivers of desire: serotonin to heighten sexual excitation, desire, and responsiveness; dopamine to intensify pleasure, and; anandamine (the “bliss chemical”) to induce euphoria. Chocolate also brings “the Love Chemical” – phenylethylamine (PEA) – to the party; it’s what we produce when we fall in love and when we’re in the throes of the Big O.

But that’s just the beginning! Gnosis has seriously ramped up the “passion power” of its ChocoLove Potions. Gnosis’s Aphrodisia Bar and Aphrodisia Hot Chocolate Elixir are infused with horny goat weed, dong quai, and fo ti – used in traditional Chinese medicine to build energy, passion, and endurance. To keep temperatures rising in these raw ingredients, Gnosis has added Maca root, the Peruvian superfood used by the Mesoamericans increase agility and sexual potency. And their limited edition Berry Rose Bar is like a bouquet of roses, box of chocolates, and chocolate dipped strawberries… all in one! Could a Valentine’s gift get any more complete?

Rounding out this Collection are the Passion Truffles. Each chocolate shell is infused with a special aphrodisiac herb blend, and filled by hand with a center graced with superfoods. Be romanced by exotic Passionfruit Cupuacu crème, luscious Cherry Vanilla jam with chocolate ganache, and a vegan white (!) Wild Rose truffle – free of all dairy, sugar, gluten, and soy! The three truffles are presented like gems in a recycled, veggie-ink printed box with a ribbon and gift tag in case you manage to give these away! From: Me   To: Me!!??
Gnosis Chocolate is the brainchild of Vanessa Barg, a Board Certified Holistic Health counselor (and fellow IIN grad!) who began making chocolate as a gift for her clients to show them that good nutrition wasn’t limited to eating brussel sprouts and broccoli.
Gnosis chocolate is one chocolate that fully lives up to valens – the original Latin root of Valentine – “capacity,” “strong,” and “powerful!”

Gnosis’ founder Vanessa is generously offering a special Aphrodesia Gift Collection for one of my lucky readers!

This gorgeous gift box contains 1 Aphrodisia bar, Berry Rose bar, How Now Brown Cacao Body Butter, 3 Passion Truffles, and a package of Aphrodisia hot chocolate ~ valued at over $70! (and worth every penny, IMHO)

Here’s how you can win this incredible armful of chocolate:

1. Leave a comment here on my blog on food and love by 2/9 at 2pm EST

I’ll pick a winner at random, so enter and share with your friends!

Here’s a special Valentine’s Day treat for my readers:

Get a discount on Gnosis orders for sharing with your loved one this Valentine’s Day :

Get 10% off all 2 oz. bars with this code: DELV-10 when you order at Gnosis.com! 

~ you’ll be so glad you did!

Also, be sure to follow Gnosis on Facebook for specials and discounts!

xox Alex

Win Blissful Bites Cookbook! Comment to enter by 12/2 ~

“The Blissful Chef” Christy Morgan’s new cookbook offers delicious solutions to the age old problem: what should I eat now?

With clean ingredients, instructional photos, and a genius palate, Christy’s book is a great addition to an experienced cook’s library – or the perfect gift for a new veg-curious home chef!

Cooking in a way that’s good for you and for the environment—not to mention delicious—doesn’t have to be a pain; in fact, it can be sheer bliss. In Blissful Bites: Vegan Meals That Nourish Mind, Body, and Planet, Christy Morgan shows readers how to make healthy, delicious, animal-product free meals without a lot of effort. It’s been long-accepted that giving up animal products also means giving up easy and enjoyable cooking, but that’s just not true. Blissful Bites is a refreshing introduction to the idea that switching to a plant-based diet that uses locally grown and organic products can be easy and rewarding—for both body and mind.

Blissful Bites includes more than 150 recipes that make eating every meal healthier and exciting.

I’m giving away one copy to a lucky reader, so enter by Friday, 12/1!

Just leave a comment here on my blog about why you want this yummy cookbook, and you could win!

(Contest only open to residents of the lower 48 state, please – sorry Canadian, English, Hawaiian, and other readers!)

 

Alex’s Healthy Holiday Gift Guide & Natural Living Catalogue

Welcome to my first ever Healthy Holiday Gift Guide & Natural Living Catalogue! Just click on the image at your right to get started!

This is a collection of my favorite products and services for a joyous, healthy life. These offerings are what I consider to be the best in their category.

Gift giving can take on hectic overtones as the year draws to a close. My hope is that this catalogue will guide you towards goods and services that offer long-lasting benefits to your loved ones, or even yourself. My aim was to provide excellent values and unique gift ideas for those who enjoy giving meaningful presents. (Have a cook in the family? Look for the perfect kitchen gifts here!)

I also love to promote companies that focus their energies on creating something great rather than hyping something expendable and disposable.

This gift guide gives one pick for the best product, care provider, or service in a category, rather than the “top 20 pain relief products” or “101 holiday gift ideas!”

My intention is to save you money and time while offering outstanding methods to feel better and ways to create a rich life without creating more for you to do.

These recommendations are based on my experience and my searches for the best in life. There are no advertisements in this catalogue, and I don’t charge for any part of this. (But feel free to share with your friends and family!)

So why am I doing this? Because I love sharing products and resources that I know might help someone feel better or satisfy their craving to try something new.

All my best wishes for you and your families~

Alexandra

Click here to start looking at Alex’s Healthy Holiday Gift Guide & Natural Living Catalogue