We cannot make it through to January without indulging in some delicious sweets. It just wouldn’t be right. Usually when choosing a dessert, our focus isn’t necessarily on health, but on incredible flavor and texture – we are looking for an experience. Fortunately I was able to track down Chef Dina Marie Lauro, who is offering a sweet option that over-delivers to all these experiential needs, including health.
Dina is a Raw Vegan Chef. Growing up in an Italian family she was born to cook, but her “school” training began at the Natural Gourmet Institute of Health and Culinary Arts (NGI) in Manhattan, NY. At NGI, she learned how to create delicious, plant-based foods without animal ingredients. Following her passion to create healthy and tasty desserts, in June 2011, Dina launched her cookie business Chunkie Dunkies.
Dina was a great choice to offer us a healthier dessert for the holidays. Her cookie company, Chunkie Dunkies, has a full line of gourmet raw/vegan cookies and brownies that are gluten-free, dairy-free and cholesterol-free. Not only are they delicious but they are loaded with nutrients, enzymes, protein, and fiber.
This pie contains fiber, protein and vitamins from the raw nut crust and the uncooked apples. Instead of white sugar, Dina made this version with pure maple syrup for minerals and antioxidants. Because eggs and butter were not included in this recipe, it is a great choice for those worried about their cholesterol. By not baking this version all the natural food enzymes remain alive so the body can digest easier giving you more energy. With living foods, your body doesn’t have to work as hard to break the food down.
When you eat pure raw foods you are feeding your body premium fuel for it to thrive. Raw food contains natural vitamins and minerals our bodies need to be their best. If you want to feel and look great it’s important to incorporate real “fresh” food that hasn’t been destroyed by high heats. Fresh salads, smoothies with vegetables, fruits from the trees are all great choices. There are no short cuts. If you want to be healthy eat more raw organic produce.
If you want your own Chunkie Dunkies, stop in Amici Market, Breakers News & Gourmet or check their website for all local listings. www.chunkiedunkies.com