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Cuckoo for cacao

CACAO !   CHOCOLATE  IN  THE  RAW

Cacao (Raw Chocolate) — The seed/nut of a fruit of an Amazonian tree, cacao is the highest antioxidant food on the planet, the #1 source of antioxidants, magnesium, iron, manganese, and chromium and is also extremely high in PEA, theobromine (cardiovascular support), and anandamide (“bliss chemical”). Raw Chocolate improves cardiovascular health, builds strong bones, is a natural aphrodisiac, elevates your mood and energy, and increases longevity.

 

Last Wednesday, at the SUPERFOODS workshop I spoke of the powers of Cacao.. Raw Chocolate.  Later I heard from others that they love that I recommend Dark Chocolate…. NOT COMPLETELY TRUE

I want to clear up the confusion of Chocolate and Cacao.  

Chocolate is altered Cacao and it has MANY less nutrients and minerals.  Americans have taken magnificent Cacao and added sugar and milk – removing most of its powers for the human body.

RAW  Cacao    Is a raw food.  Real Cacao has enzymes that tell it to go to the brain and the bone and it strengthens bone and improves thought processes.

Milk Chocolate = altered cacao (dairy and sugar).  Less nutrients.  It will

1.       Draw draw minerals out of the body, cause blood sugar disorders, dehydration and is highly addictive – making you do more and more harm.

So the antioxidants, magnesium, iron, chromium, manganese, zinc, copper, vitamin c, essential fatty acids, endorphins, tryptophan, serotonin and fiber – are not in your swiss mix or your Hershey Bar.

 Read on for ways to find Raw Cacao..

Did you know that eating more mineral dense and nutrient dense foods decreases Bad Food Cravings?  Join me at our next BOOST support group  Feb 29th @ 6 PM on ways to implement superfoods, clear up any confusion on how to find and use them and what really are antioxidants?

A dark 70% cacao or higher organic bar is beneficial to your health .. in small amounts.  The higher the cacao – the more health benefits.  Adding sugar and other products removes nutrients.

 

You can find Raw Cacao at your natural Foods Store ( PCC, Whole Foods, Madison Market)   Near the bulk foods – already packaged in a bag – I like TerrAmazon Organic Cacao Powder.  About $5 for 4 oz .  Also find Cacao Nibs in the baking aisle

 

SPIRULINA AND CHOCOLATE BALLS

1/4 cup hempseed (ground or whole )

1/2 cup cacao powder

2tbsp spirulina

2 tbsp coconut oil

3 tbsp organic or wild, raw honey

1 pinch of celtic sea salt

1 inside of vanilla bean or 1 tsp vanilla bean powder

 

Thoroughly, roll into little balls, freeze for about 15 minutes and enjoy!

 

The superballs provide you with :

Spirulina: High quality protein, B vitamins, E and K, Antioxidants, Blood Builders, natural enzymes, Calcium,

Honey: Phoshorous, Iron Sulfur Magnesium, Potassium, Iodine, Vitamins C, D, F, E , K, Folic Acid

Hempseed: Protein, Calsium, Potassium, magnesium, Iron, Sulfur, Vitamin E, C, B1-B6 (all of them), Tryptophan, Omega 3

Cacao:  Protein, Iron, calcium, fber, caffeine, dopamine, iron, Omega 3 magnesium , copper, chromium, B5, polypenols, riboflavin, serotonin,

Coconut : Omega 3, calcium.  protein, Niacin, B6, zinc, potassium, riboflavin, B5, Folate, Iron, Magnesium, Lysine, Phosphorous

Celtic Sea Salt – phosphorous,Magnesium, Manganese,Boron ,Copper,Silicon,Iron

Vanilla bean :

Bvitamins,  niacin, pantothenic acid, thiamin, riboflavin and vitamin B-6.

calcium, magnesium, potassium, manganese, iron and zinc.

 

 

 

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