Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Raw Energy Is "Just like Julia Child's first book but useable"

If you love dark chocolate, you’ll love raw cacao. With February 14 just around the corner, give a gift of true love with eating healthier. Stephanie Tourles, author of Raw Energy, was recently in Denver, where she spoke to audiences at Tattered Cover and explained how this little ingredient, among others, can supercharge one’s life. Denver is also where Raw Energy was compared to “Julia Child’s first book but useable.”

Stephanie Tourles with all 10 of her published titles

According to Raw Energy, nearly all the cocoa powder on the market is the end result of the multistep processing needed to create chocolate liquor, which involves cleaning, fermenting, sorting, roasting, cracking, and grinding of the cacao seed or cacao bean. But now there is actually raw cocoa powder (also called cacao powder) available, made without the intense heat. It is dark, rich, bitter, and quite high in health- and beauty-boosting antioxidant flavonoids (water-soluble plant pigments), calcium, magnesium, sulfur, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, iron, copper, protein, healthful fat, and fiber.

Currently ranked in the top 10 on Amazon in the cookbook category, Raw Energy is sweeping the nation. In another visit out West, this time to Seattle, Stephanie spoke to a group of Boy Scouts at Whole Foods about the benefits of eating raw.

Local Boy Scout troop ready to devour Energy Balls

Kids love to snack, and it’s important to give them nutritious, yummy snacks that are delicious and packed with pep. Raw Energy gives 124 reasons to start snacking easily. The recipes are such time savers and so easy to make that kids would be more than welcome to help out in the kitchen.

Residents of Port Townsend, Washington,
got a double dose of healthy living.

Being healthy is not only about what you put into your body but what you put on it. Heading even more north to Port Townsend, Washington, Stephanie spoke about her previous book, Organic Body Care Recipes, to a packed audience that was able to sample organic products that can be made at home. Even in this 377-page guide to natural beauty, Stephanie details recipes for love. Listen to a podcast of her presentation here:

Stephanie Tourles speaks at the
Port Townsend Library in Washington State.

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