By Lynnette Astaire
With whatever “healthy food” term you may choose to use, remember that you are probably not the norm. Only 3% of the U.S. population considers themselves vegetarian and 84% of those go back to eating meat at some point, so if you want to influence someone’s diet? Be humble about yours.
Although maintaining a healthy food diet should seem obvious, old habits can die hard when comfort is Queen. Deep down inside, most of us know what’s best and often times your act of mindfulness is inspiring to others-without saying a word.
Unfortunately die hards tend to do the opposite! From the body builder poo-pooing about protein to the 70-something who doesn’t understand what was “fine for her” 50 years ago is “not fine” now, trust that there are an infinite amount of people willing to devalue your healthy food habits to justify their own. It takes more than just information to survive. Knowledge plus willpower equals liberation!
One of the best ways I’ve found to inspire others is to simply share something that’s truly delicious and most importantly practical. No matter how much of a healthy food something is, our taste buds, schedules and social settings usually have the final say.
Sharing my raw food recipes can be success or failure, depending on the season. In the summer everyone appreciates fresh fruits and veggies while anything not warm in the winter can be a hard sell. Oh, and referring to anything as a “raw food recipe” seems to freak people out year round but I digress...For me, desserts are the best introduction since many desserts are already raw by default. My chocolate mousse recipe is one of the most popular in my raw food detox retreats and is featured in my free dessert ebook Crave. This chocolate mousse is also great to share because it shows how versatile Avocado, a good, fat fruit, can be. Common culture seems to have made avocados so synonymous with guacamole (I've actually heard someone refer to it as that) so creating dishes with avocados is one of the ways I like to “humbly” blow some minds.
Vegan Chocolate Mousse
Makes about 2 1/2 cups
3 Medium Avocados
10tb Cacao Powder
¼ cup and 1tb Maple Syrup (or sweetener of your choice)
¼ cup Milk / 1t Pure Vanilla Extract
Pinch of Sea Salt
1. Blend until completely smooth, and not a second more! Serve very chilled
The choco-avocado craze does not stop at mousse, check out my Q&A on fellow foodie Jessica Murnane’s blog featuring a smoothie version!
And to turn this pudding into a pie, fill my gluten free pie crust recipe with 1 batch of chocolate mousse and freeze for 30 minutes!
Lynnette Astaire is a lifestyle expert and raw food chef with 15 years of vegetarian, vegan and raw food experience and 10 years of juice detox fasting experience. She holds a bachelor's degree in Fine Art from NYC's School of Visual Arts as well as certificates in health. She has conducted lectures and workshops internationally and regularly consults clients in juice detox fasting and raw food preparation. Visit www.livelynnette.com for more encouragement on clean eating and creative living.
All photos are credited to Lynnette Astaire.