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Chocolate… Need I say more?! Although I’ll admit I wasn’t a fan when I was young, it’s definitely grown on me over the years and now, as an adult, especially a pregnant one, I just don’t know what I’d do without it! But not ALL chocolate is created equal and the majority is just plain bad for you! Thankfully, HNINA Gourmet has perfected the idea of healthy chocolate and made it soo tasty that it’s become a staple in my every day routine.
For Moms, Moms-to-be & Toddlers 3 Years+*
Providing the most nourishing and delicious Organic Raw Dark Chocolate and Sprouted Nut Truffles, Raw Dark Chocolate Bars, Raw Cacao Spreads and Sprouted Nut and Seed Treats, at HNINA Gourmet, they aim to always be best in class and bridge the gap between healthy and gourmet.
HNINA was founded by Vanessa (Hnina) Morgenstern-Kenan with the mission to provide the most delicious yet healthy pure raw dark chocolate and sprouted nut & seed gourmet treats. In fact, the uncompromising HNINA standard of not tolerating any shortcuts and sparing no expense has led to demand for more products and thus, the launch of three new product lines: Raw Dark Chocolate Bars, Sprouted Nut and Raw Cacao Spreads and Sprouted Nut + Sprouted Seed Snacks.
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Truffles & Bricks:
HNINA chocolates can be considered healthy for a whole plethora of reasons. Vegan, Paleo and Ketogenic friendly as well (depending on the line), the Organic and Raw ingredients used to make these delicious treats also contain lots of good fats, fiber, antioxidants and very small amounts of sugar – non of which are refined.
All of the ingredients used are also 100% natural, unprocessed and traceable, originating from both local organic farms and the best fair-trade, sustainable sources around the globe.
Furthermore, all HNINA Gourmet products are free from GMOs, harmful pesticides, refined and processed sugars, soy lecithin, dairy, colorants, preservatives, palm oil, vegetable oil, high fructose syrup, corn syrup, wax and shining agents [even though many of these ingredients are present in many of the most popular and high-end chocolates].
The Nuts and Seeds:
All of the nuts and seeds used in HNINA are soaked, activated and, if you prefer to buy this variety, sprouted. They then dehydrate the sprouted nuts and the sprouted seeds at low temperatures to maintain their raw nature. This painstaking and time consuming activation process increases the nutritional content and bio-availability of the nuts and seeds to the digestive system and provides improved taste and texture. They then lightly roast the nuts and seeds to release their aromas in HNINA’s Lightly Roasted line, or keep them raw for their Raw Vegan line.
The sweeteners used are: pure maple syrup, dates and/or raw honey. They are always natural, unprocessed, unrefined and non-inflammatory.
All this attention to quality is HNINA’s Raw Dark Chocolate Truffles, Raw Cacao and Sprouted Nut Spreads, Raw Chocolate Tablets (Bars) and Sprouted Nut and Seed Snacks are so tasty while still being healthy and easy to digest.
*I’m not going to say that giving chocolate to a child younger than 3 is “harmful” in anyway, but do you really want to share your chocolate?! Haha. Seriously though, with very little sugar and lots of healthy nuts and fats, a little piece of HNINA chocolate here or there would be just fine for a toddler. I would be mindful of giving them too much – especially of the raw stuff though – because cacao does contain natural caffeine, which we all know young kids don’t need (since they have enough energy as it is)!
French born and raised, Vanessa, the Founder and Creator of HNINA Gourmet moved to Los Angeles and began making her first raw dark chocolate truffles in 2010 while pregnant with her twins Carmel and Julia.
Vanessa was craving fine nourishing raw dark chocolate, but with a family history of diabetes, she needed to protect herself from gestational diabetes. However, after looking in store after store, she realized that there weren’t any delicious raw dark chocolate truffles made with nutrient dense wholesome ingredients to feed her and her two precious babies.
So, following the path of her grandmothers and mother from Tunisia and Eastern Europe who were sprouting their nuts and using dried fruits as a base for their pastries, Vanessa decided to create some incredible raw dark chocolate and sprouted nuts truffles herself. Without any intention to commercialize her product, she became a FrancoCali artisanal raw chocolatier.
Well the products became a hit and the snow ball began to roll, and now HNINA is quickly on its way to becoming a household name.
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Chocolate is one of those foods that just seems “to do it”. It helps us feel better when we are down, it curbs those sweet cravings that tend to hit mid-afternoon, and it even helps to give us a boost of energy when we feel like we need it most.
Whether eaten by itself, or as a component of another dish, there is no denying that chocolate is a go-to ingredient for most of us women. And best of all, many health gurus actually have added it to the “Superfoods” category thanks to all of its antioxidants. In fact, raw cacao has almost twice the antioxidants found in red wine and close to three times the antioxidants in green tea!
However, not all chocolate is created equal and unfortunately a good majority of it has so many additional fillers and artificial ingredients added that it cancels out all of the good-for-you properties that you thought you were getting in the first place. And if you are at all concerned with allergens, you really need to read the labels closely as many “plain” chocolate products contain dairy, soy and even gluten if you’re not careful.
Thankfully, there are products like HNINA Gourmet that have truly turned chocolate into one of the healthiest – and tastiest treats – you can have! In fact, their products are so nutritious that you could even eat them for breakfast and know that you are getting lots of healthy ingredients into your body first-thing.
With Truffles that are filled with sprouted nuts and seeds and two new lines of products including Chocolate Spreads and Sprouted Nuts + Seeds that are covered in Maple Syrup and are oh-so-delicious, HNINA Gourmet is definitely one of my new favorite brands and something that I always hope to have on-hand in my house – since it truly is that good!
Looking for a healthy and tasty way to get in more antioxidants and curb your chocolate cravings?! Then you should definitely check out HNINA Gourmet! Because it’s those small steps that make healthy living a lifestyle – so why not take one today?!
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