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Carob a Sweet Alternative

Who wouldn’t love a big box of chocolates, strawberries, and champagne on Valentine’s Day? A migraine sufferer, that’s who!


Chocolate, strawberries, wine (such as champagne), and even the smell of flowers can trigger migraines for some sufferers. They all contain chemicals known to trigger migraines. Chocolate contains tyramine and caffeine, and can cause the release of histamines in the body.


Carob is a natural, healthy substitute for chocolate. It is a powder made from the seeds of a Mediterranean evergreen tree and is a favorite among vegetarians and other health conscious dieters. Carob is similar in taste to chocolate, is slightly sweeter than chocolate, and does not contain caffeine. As a bonus, it is lower in calories!


Try the delicious recipe below to treat your sweetie to a Valentine’s Day treat.


Carob Brownies
1 cup whole wheat flour (or all-purpose if wheat is a trigger for you)
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup butter
½ cup Carob powder
1 cup honey
2 eggs
½ cup chopped nuts (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla


1. Preheat oven to 250F degrees.
2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
3. Melt the butter in a small pan over low heat. Add carob powder and honey and blend well, removing from the heat.
4. In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs and gradually add the carob mixture. Add the dry ingredients and mix well. Blend in the vanilla and nuts.
5. Grease an 8x8 square pan; pour in brownie mix spreading evenly.
6. Bake for about 45 minutes or until done.


As for the other Valentine’s favorites, try adding a splash of 100% fruit juice to sparkling or seltzer water for an alcohol-free alternative to champagne, and ask your florist about low fragrance flower selections or try a silk arrangement. You and your sweetie will surely appreciate the extra time you’ll be able to spend together without the interruption of a migraine.


Happy Valentine’s Day!

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