I could go on and on about the benefits of raw cacao but I still don’t think I would do it justice. So let’s sit with these highlights:
Theobroma (Cacao Beans) literally means “Food of the Gods”. The Cacao plant was known as Goddess of the Seeds and Mexicans named the pounded seeds “Chocolate”.
Contains many rare key nutrients that enhance physical and mental well-being.
Raw Cacao contains moreantioxidant flavanoids than any other food tested.
Cacao is loaded with super- nutrients including massive quantities of magnesium which builds strong bones and balances brain chemistry important for a natural optimistic outlook. Cacao contains more magnesium than any other food known! Ever wonder why women crave chocolate when they are PMSing? Hello magnesium! Magnesium is the most deficient nutrient among people consuming a standard westernized diet.
Contains many chemicals that enhance physical and mental well-being, including alkaloids, proteins, beta-carotene, leucine, linoleic acid, lipase, lysine, and some neurotransmitters such as dopamine and anandamine.
Contains natural mild monoamine oxidase enzyme inhibitors (MAO inhibitors). These allow more serotonin and other neurotransmitters to circulate in the brain and we know that seratonin is the happy chemical in our brain and MAO inhibitors also help keep us young and lively.
Contains Phenylethylamine (PEA). PEA can increases focus and alertness and helps us feel connected to others. Our brains naturally produce a small amount of PEA and much greater amounts when we are in love. Love can break our hearts, chocolate never does.
Contains a magical phyto-chemical called anandamide. Ananda is Sanskrit for bliss and its no coincidence that our brains naturally produce anandamide when we feel blissed out! Cacao contains enzyme inhibitors that increase the amount of time that anandamide will circulate in the hot bod.
Now don’t go confusing raw cacao with roasted cocoa. Different my friends- mainly because one is raw. It seems that roasting or cooking chocolate excites the nervous system, speeding up the pulse similar to the effects caused by black coffee. Raw cacao however doesn’t do this.
Now my recipe uses a whole heaping load of super foods that may be hard to find. Not to worry. Chocolate is the main event, the rest are just power house encores.
Hot and Raw Cacao Power Smoothie
2 Tbs raw cacao powder
1 Tbs chia seeds
1 Tbs sesame seeds
1/2 Tbs spirulina
1 Tbs goji berries
1-2 Tbs raw protein powder of choice
1 Tbs coconut oil
stevia or raw honey to sweeten
1 1/2 cups warm to hot water
add nutmeg, cinnamon and/or clove
ground vanilla bean
powdered super foods like maca or mesquite
mushroom blend (chaga/reishi)
Put all that greatness into a blender with warm or hot water and blend away