Fair Trade Chocolate Pudding

Fair Trade Chocolate Pudding

The Bitter History of Chocolates

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 forced labor and child slavery involved in harvesting the cocoa beans to make it. This forced slavery thing is very real, friends.

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. Cocoa beans for making chocolate oh-so-sweet is a great example of one of the products made by child labor.

forced child labor- slaveryA 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. Child abuse and slavery are very real today.

On that day in my class called “Is This Slavery?”, I committed to stop consuming any chocolate made by forced labor. 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 child 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.

 

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 about chocolate slavery, as well as the approved fair-trade list of chocolate maker 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:

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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!
peanut butter and jelly smoothie

“Peanut Butter” & Jelly Smoothie

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"Peanut Butter" & Jelly Smoothie
Paleo. Gluten-Free. Added-Sugar-Free. Dairy-Free. Vegan. Just clean eatin' 🙂
peanut butter and jelly smoothie
Course Morning Fuel
Prep Time 8 Minutes
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Course Morning Fuel
Prep Time 8 Minutes
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peanut butter and jelly smoothie
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients together. Sip in all the delicious goodness 🙂
coconut wrap recipe

Coconut Wrap

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Coconut Wrap
Easy. Delicious. On-The-Go. This wrap is the best for a snack!
coconut wrap recipe
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coconut wrap recipe
Instructions
  1. Spread almond or cashew butter across the coconut wrap in a line.
  2. Slice the grapes in half and the banana into small pieces. Spread out on wrap.
  3. Tuck in the sides of the wrap, and start rolling. Voila! Enjoy the noms!
Chia Seed Smoothie

Chia Seed Smoothie

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Chia Seed Smoothie
A mixture of healthy fats, sweet fruits, and nourishing greens. This smoothie will have everyone asking for bites.
Chia Seed Smoothie
Prep Time 10 Minutes
Passive Time 10-15 Minutes
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Prep Time 10 Minutes
Passive Time 10-15 Minutes
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Chia Seed Smoothie
Instructions
  1. In a mason jar, add 2 tbs of chia seeds and 1/4 cup of berries to 1/2 cup of #dairyfree milk. Let sit for about 10-15 min, until pudding-like.
  2. Blend together greens and a banana (and protein if using)
  3. Pour smoothie over chia seed mixture, and enjoy the deliciousness!
Superfood Smoothie

Superfood Smoothie

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Superfood Smoothie
Start off the morning with so much goodness. Your day will rocket forward with all this good nutrition!
Superfood Smoothie
Course Morning Fuel
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Course Morning Fuel
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Superfood Smoothie
Instructions
  1. Combine the first 4 ingredients in a blender.
  2. Stir in/Lightly mix last 4 ingredients into blended smoothie. *With smoothies, you still want to be able to chew them because digestion starts in the mouth.
Homemade Yogurt Bowl

Homemade Yogurt Bowl

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Homemade Yogurt Bowl
Start off your morning well with some good, healthy fat topped with a tinge of sweetness. This yogurt bowl is packed with nutrients and textures. It is almost like having dessert for breakfast!
Homemade Yogurt Bowl
Course Morning Fuel
Prep Time 6 Minutes
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Bowl
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Course Morning Fuel
Prep Time 6 Minutes
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Bowl
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Homemade Yogurt Bowl
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breakfast smoothie recipes

Summer Smoothie

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Summer Smoothie
Embrace the summer produce with this tropical, summery smoothie to start your day. The best part about smoothies is that typically, you can toss a conglomeration of foods into a blender, and it will taste yummy. Thank goodness for fresh summer produce!
breakfast smoothie recipes
Prep Time 7 Minutes
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Prep Time 7 Minutes
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Smoothie
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breakfast smoothie recipes
Instructions
  1. Toss all ingredients into a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Enjoy this refreshing smoothie!