With Easter just around the corner and the store now for months being completely stocked with chocolate bunnies, chocolate eggs, chocolate this, chocolate that it is only natural to wonder what one might be able to do to enjoy a similar treat but of course without the guilt and possible negative health consequences.
Well problem solved!! All in the form of Raw Cacao, essentially raw chocolate.
Cacao is the seed of a fruit of an amazonian tree that was brought to Central America during or before the time of the Olmes. A that time cacao beans were actually used by the Mayans and Aztecs as a form of currency.
A swedish scientist recognized the amazing properties of the bean and he named the cacao tree “Theobroma Cacao” which literally means ” Cacao, the food of gods”. With a name like that how could this stuff not be superb!!
Cacao beans, unlike processed chocolate contain no sugar but do of course contain a huge list of wonderful health benefits, something to get us all smiling about for sure 🙂
Like we said the list is quite large so to name a few:
-Cacao is very highly rich in magnesium(quite possibly the #1 source of any food)
-Cacao actually seems to diminish appetite, imagine that!!
-Cacao contains MAO inhibitors which allow for more serotonin to circulate to the brain, thus being associated with more feelings of happiness.
-Vert high quantities of antioxidants, iron, zinc, vitamin C, tryptophan and fiber are also present.
Cacao does contain small amounts of caffeine but has been shown to be non stimulating but still energy boosting.
Anadamide known as “the bliss chemical” has also been isolated in cacao.
This list certainly goes on but with these few points now highlighted don’t you think its time you raced out ( or for that matter click away on your computer http://www.upayanaturals.com/SearchResults.asp?Search=cacao&Search.x=0&Search.y=0) and get your hands on some Raw Cacao not only for Easter but as an important addition to your daily regimen. Especially with the knowledge that cacao is not only not unhealthy for us but actually highly beneficial and extremely recommended.
Cacao is fun for everyone!! It is available in many forms including powder, which is great in smoothies, nibs- great in trail mixes etc. , bars and so so much more.
For a great energy boosting, non stimulating, highly nutritious start to your day ( or at anytime) please give this a try:
1 tbsp of raw cacao powder
1 tsp of maca powder
1 tsp of spirulina powder
1 tsp of lucuma powder
1.5 cups of frozen or fresh raspberries
1 cup of coconut water
Blend and enjoy!!!!!!!
Have a Happy Easter and don’t forget to enjoy some “food of the gods”!!