What's On My Shopping List: Carob Powder If you follow my photos on Instagram, then you see the food I buy, make and eat. Of course I get some great questions! I posted a photo this week of something I've been eating for years. It's called Carob Powder. I received a lot of comments on it, so I thought you might be interested in learning more about it and adding it to your shopping list!

Why: Carob is caffeine and theobromine free. Chocolate contains both of these things which can cause or contribute to these conditions: acne, racing heart, insomnia, fatigue, obesity, dizziness, irritability, anxiety and much, much more. So if you are craving a sweet before bedtime, opt for carob!

Carob also contains vitamins A and B and minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, potassium and even protein. Two other facts: carob has no trans fats and is basically fat-free (not to be confused that fat is bad for you) where chocolate is half fat. The other important thing to note is that is doesn't contain oxalic acid that interferes with absorption of calcium (this is found in chocolate).

One other cool tidbit? It's been suggested that it can boost your metabolism.

How: Use it just like you would in recipes calling for cocoa powder. I make my famous fudge-like sauce. I mix carob powder, water, honey and EVOO and mix well. Heat for 30 seconds, add fresh fruit, unsweetened coconut and nuts. So, so delicious! (Recipes can be found in the monthly eNewsletter.)

Taste: To be really honest, it tastes just like chocolate! Maybe a little bit better though?! It won't be as sweet as chocolate so when using it in baked goods, you might need to add a touch more honey or natural sweetener.

Where: Where can you buy it? I don't recall ever seeing carob powder at a commercial grocery store (Safeway, Giant, etc). You can easily find it at Whole Foods Markets, Wegmans, Trader Joe's, local natural grocery stores (Sunflower Market, Vitamin Cottage, some co-ops) or online ( Z Natural Foods).

Grocery shopping today? See if you can find it and add it to your cart!

Eat For Health!

photo credit: Vegan Feast