Another Meatless Monday (insert fanfare) and another full day of eating, plus a recipe for chocolate covered brazil nuts. I’ve made a full vlog which is embedded and linked below but just to show you the most delicious food I ate Saturday it was this meal at Lotus Vegan: Chickn & Pancakes!!! Let me tell you it was freakin’ awesome!
Looks good right? Yep, vegan diets are so restrictive, lol! Bob had a chickn wrap and his was equally delicious. Their curry is good too (my favorite is the panang). If you’re in North Hollywood and looking for excellent vegan food, I definitely recommend. Rather than bore you here with pics of the whole day you can check out the vlog below, or watch it on my YouTube channel and don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE!!!!
So I know you’re here for the chocolate covered brazil nuts right? So a couple of weeks ago I decided to put everything I ate into cronometer to see how I was doing with micro nutrients. As it turns out I was doing really well for most things but was low in Vitamin D (I supplement anyways) and selenium. Say what? As Selenium plays a critical role in reproduction, thyroid hormone metabolism, DNA synthesis, and protection from oxidative damage and infection I figured it was time to make sure I was getting enough selenium. Guess what? ONE Brazil nut gives you 100% of your RDA! Perfect. Then I remembered having chocolate covered brazils (Just Brazils) in England, and figured I could make my own! Ta-da….
Ok it’s just me that calls them selenium bombs but hey the name might catch on right? So let’s get down to bizness and get this recipe underway. I say recipe, but there are literally two ingredients… can you even call that a recipe?
Recipe: Chocolate Covered Brazil Nuts
So you’ll need:
- 4oz Dark Chocolate
- 1 lb Brazil nuts
- baking tray
- parchment paper
- saucepan & metal bowl
Firstly you need to melt the chocolate. Add water to the saucepan and place on a medium heat. Break it up the chocolate into small pieces and place in the silver bowl, then place the bowl on top of the saucepan to create a ban-marie. The chocolate will melt but shouldn’t burn. Ensure you stir it occasionally. While you’re waiting for the chocolate to melt, line the baking sheet with parchment paper.
Once the chocolate is melted remove from heat, and stir in the Brazil nuts. Make sure they are thoroughly coated in the chocolate. Then comes the tedious bit. Take each one out and place it on the baking sheet. Try to ensure none are touching so they are individual nuts rather than a cluster. The idea is to eat 1-2 a day not a whole bunch, remember this is for our micro nutrients. Yeah, keep telling yourself that Di!
Once all the nuts are the the baking sheet you’ll find your hands are covered in chocolate. Now it’s a total shame to waste good chocolate so lick those fingers clean THEN wash your hands. Priorities people! Place the baking sheet in the fridge overnight. The next day take the nuts off the tray and into their storage container. I keep mine in the fridge. In our bag there was around 175 nuts which for a one nut daily supplement means this will last us around 3 months.
Question of the day:
What’s your favorite nut?