Nutritionist’s Note by Leesa Morales

Nutritionist’s Note by Leesa Morales

2022 is the year of indulgence. Gone are the days of diet culture, and in are the feel-good indulgences that help to harmonize body and mind, and strengthen a state of ongoing self-love, nourishment, and joy. Nutrient-packed treats can, and in my opinion, absolutely should be a part of a wellness-centered lifestyle. This new year, resist the urge to bind yourself to restrictions and instead rethink the health-promoting potential of decadence.
Superfoods may seem complicated, but many are as simple as the ingredients in your pantry and your favorite products. What makes them super is how they are processed (or not processed), so keep in mind the following keywords to help decipher which ones to reach for and which ones to pass on in order to maximize their health benefits. 
Raw Honey. There is a significant difference between what is labeled as “honey” and “raw honey.” Raw honey is as pure and true as it gets, and has not been heated, filtered, or mixed with other sweeteners like corn syrup or sugar. Raw honey has been used therapeutically for thousands of years, and modern research has confirmed its potential to support and improve already functional body systems as well as prevent or reverse certain health conditions. (source) Raw honey is best consumed cold or at room temperature to preserve the natural enzymes, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that make it such a powerful healer.
Sprouted Almonds. Sprouting is the process of rehydrating dried nuts, grains, legumes, and seeds to increase their antioxidant, vitamin, and enzyme count. This process also makes the almonds more easily digested by removing “anti-nutrients” that can block our ability to absorb beneficial nutrients. Because sprouted almonds are a more potent source of antioxidants, they are the best choice for reducing inflammation and protecting cells against DNA damage that may otherwise lead to chronic disease. (source
Unrefined Coconut Oil. Unrefined coconut oil is extracted directly from raw coconuts and processed at a very low temperature to preserve the biologically active enzymes and antioxidants that provide such nourishment. Coconut oil is a superior choice for promoting blood sugar balance and mood and energy stability due to its composition of medium and short chain fatty acids, which provide the body with a quick and readily digestible source of energy, especially compared to long-chain fatty acids from animal fats, which take longer to metabolize. (source
For all of these reasons and many more, Honey Mama’s Cocoa Truffle Bars have become the most convenient and delicious “daily dose” of these three superfoods in my diet. Enjoying these bars has taught me the pleasure of having a treat ritual, and how indulgence, when paired with the right ingredients, can work to support the body in many ways, not break it down. This year, I invite you to savor more, not less. Like the song that hits just right, the soul food that warms our spirit, a hug when we’re not around our loved ones, enjoyment is our divine right, whether alone or shared, and it can also be a tool for ongoing wellness, if you’ll let it. Cheersing you from here, dear friends!  
- Leesa Morales, MScN ✨