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Cacao Mint Macaroons

Monday morning, Dr. Perricone, a leading anti-aging physician was on Good Morning America talking about Nutrigenomics. If you are not familiar with nutrigenomics, it is a word you should really know about. Especially if you are eating a raw food diet. Nutrigenomics studies the relationship between the food we eat and how it affects our genes. The most exciting information that is being discovered, is that you can change your genetic expression. Or…you are not stuck with your parent’s DNA. It is pretty interesting stuff.



Dr. Perricone was talking about anti-aging and his favorite anti-aging, anti-inflammatory foods. That’s when I got really excited. He started out with green tea. Which by now, we all know is good for us. His second food? COCONUT OIL! I have to tell you, I have done a lot of reading about coconut oil. It is great for us. And when eating a raw food diet, we tend to use a lot of it. But trying to convince people who don’t know that it is healthy isn’t always easy. So, when a very well known physician gets on a national show like Good Morning America and talks about how good coconut oil is for us, I do back-flips.

This is what Dr. Perricone had to say about coconut oil:

“Virgin coconut oil is a medium-chain saturated fat (MCFA) that speeds weight loss, lowers cholesterol, reduces the risk of heart attacks, and improves diabetic conditions.  MCFAs do not need the liver and gallbladder to digest them, which means instant energy and increased metabolic rate through thermogenesis. Coconut oil is beneficial to the immune system, because it has antimicrobial and antifungal properties.  Coconut oil targets the thyroid and beefs up the metabolism, melting away abdominal fat quickly.  With all these benefits, organic virgin coconut oil is a powerful nutrient that should be incorporated into your diet.”

He also went on to say that he consumes coconut oil in his diet every day.

In honor of the wonderful coconut and it’s health giving oil, I bring you tasty, super healthy macaroons. Fresh mint is growing everywhere these days. If you don’t have it, your neighbor probably does. It is delightful in this recipe. We have coconut, coconut oil and also cacao, which has tons of anti-oxidants in it!


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  1. loquia wrote on November 28, 2013

    this recipe looks amazing can’t wait to try it

  2. Denise wrote on December 30, 2012

    Does raw honey work well instead of Agave? I don’t use Agave.

    • Susan wrote on December 30, 2012

      Agave is much sweeter than honey. You can get very good raw, organic agave. I have not tried it with honey. You would have to experiment. Cheers!

  3. jill wrote on December 6, 2012

    Hi, just reading this for the first time. You list Cacao as an ingredient, is that the powder form? I am assuming it is since it is “whisked” into the other ingredients.
    Thank you

    • Susan wrote on December 6, 2012

      Yes, cacao powder. Cheers!

  4. Beth wrote on December 4, 2011

    I am making these for a Christmas party! I made them this weekend, to test the recipe, and I’m afraid I might eat them all before the main event.

  5. wrote on October 11, 2010

    Your pictures are lovely!! And your recipes too. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.


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