Fair Trade Chocolate Pudding.More Than Food

Chocolate + Slavery

Chocolate. Oh the sweetest of decadent treats. Hot chocolate // chocolate chip cookies // chocolate almond butter smoothies. What’s not oh-so-sweet about chocolate, though, is the amount of slavery involved in harvesting the cocoa beans to make it. This slavery thing is very real, friends.

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In college, I was an Anthropology major and focused my studies on human trafficking, specifically sex trafficking in the United States. As we discussed the definition of slavery for an entire semester, I learned more about the issues of labor trafficking on an international level, and chocolate hung out at the of the “goods most harvested by slaves” list. A majority of the world’s cocoa beans are grown in West Africa and Latin America, and day in and day out, many folks are enduring inappropriate and abusive situations to ensure that we all get to enjoy a savory bite of chocolatey dessert. I remember one story someone told me about a child they saw interviewed who picked cocoa beans for a living. The reporter asked this little boy about his role on the farm, and he said he had never even tasted a chocolate bar and didn’t even know why he was picking the beans. He also made comments about the abuse he endured. Slavery is very real today.

On that day in my class called “Is This Slavery?”, I committed to stop consuming any chocolate made by the hands of slaves. I decided it was not worth the risk of what someone else had to experience for me to enjoy a dessert for 5 minutes.

I share this information not as a guilt-trip by any means- and please hear me when I say that. I share about the reality of slavery with you because I want you to be an educated consumer and know where your food is made. Whether it is chocolate, veggies, fruits, coffee, tea, or meats- know the source of your food.

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The Good News:

Not every cocoa farm maintains unethical practices. In fact, many companies are striving for better working environments for their employees (as well as improved protection of the land) and are banning child slavery. How do you know which companies to trust? We must do research, friends. Gratefully, there are people out there who are doing this type of investigating for us (thank goodness for them!). Look for Fair Trade labels — they are certifications that ensure ethical practices for both people and the Earth.

 

Check out the Food Empowerment Project for more information, as well as approved list of companies who do not embrace slavery practices. Let’s change the world, friends. One chocolate bite at a time.

 

Other places to look for info:

Make Chocolate Fair

Slave Free Chocolate 

Fortune Magazine 

Print Recipe
Fair Trade Chocolate Pudding
Paleo, Keto, Vegan, and FAIR 🙂
Instructions
  1. Scoop out the avocado, and toss it in a blender/food processor with banana, cacao, and sea salt. Blend. Taste the pudding, and if necessary, add a bit of honey to sweeten.
  2. Optional: Top with coconut cream and Fair Trade cacao nibs, and enjoy!
Veggie Stir-Fry

Asian Detox Stir-Fry, the Best Cleanse Food!

Happy New Year, friends! How were your celebrations? Mine were so wonderful- my sweet friend got married at a winery in Dahlonega, and it was the most beautiful wedding. I just love weddings.

Now that the year is starting anew, it’s time for a detox. My mom has always said, “If not now, when?” So now it is. Once or twice a year, I will do the Standard Process 21-Day detox to reset my body. This detox is truly amazing because it cleans the body at a cellular level, and the basis is all whole foods. We love those whole foods over here at MTF!

Speaking of Whole Foods, we have some exciting news to share! More Than Food is collaborating with Whole Foods Atlanta for some amazing events and social media fun this year! Once a week during the month of January, MTF will take over the @wholefoodsatl Instagram with a new recipe created especially for Whole Foods Atlanta (so be sure to follow them for updates). It’s pretty much a dream come true- I mean, who wouldn’t want to work alongside WF? I am the most excited!

Because this week begins the detox, I wanted to create a meal that is cleanse-appropriate and nourishing. Plus, it was raining and cold outside this weekend, so my body screamed, “comfort food!” Stir-fry dishes are always warm, super flavorful, and practically foolproof (and truly just so easy to whip up), so Asian food for the win.

I hope you enjoy this savory meal on your couch in your PJ’s wrapped in a blanket with a great movie and your best friend (or your dog, which is essentially the same thing, right?).

 

Disclosure: I have a partnership with Whole Foods Market and was compensated for my work, but all words and opinions are my own.
Print Recipe
All-Veggie Stir-Fry
This dish is made of all veggies and flavor. It's a great vegan dish if you are seeking one 🙂
Course Just Veggin'
Cuisine Asian
Prep Time 10-15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Course Just Veggin'
Cuisine Asian
Prep Time 10-15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Rice the cauliflower --> Chop into small pieces. In two batches, toss cauliflower in a food processor to grind it into "rice". **
  2. Chop all of the other veggies into small pieces.
  3. Saute the onion in 1/2 tbs of coconut oil in a large pan until they turn slightly brown.
  4. Add 1/2 the cauliflower and veggies to the pan with coconut aminos, other 1/2 tbs of coconut oil, and spices. Slowly add the remaining cauliflower to dish as the other veggies cook down a bit (we don't want the pan to overflow!). If you are using the honey, stir into veggies at the end.
  5. Enjoy when warm 🙂
Recipe Notes

**If you want to skip this step, simply grab a container of the WF 365 Brand of Riced Cauliflower, and the hard part is already done for you!