“There’s nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with chocolate.” – Linda Grayson
Cacao (chocolate) is one of the most delicious and healthy superfoods that exist. Can I get an AMEN on that?! It is beneficial with PMS symptoms, good for metabolizing glucose, keeping the heart healthy, easing depression and it also helps as a delivery agent for many other superfoods like mushrooms, goji berries and spirulina.
“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” – Charles M. Schulz.
In it’s most natural form cacao is a seed. Everything chocolate comes from a seed and is called cocoa beans. Contrary to popular belief, chocolate is NOT bad for you. I repeat, it is NOT baddddd forrrr youuuu! In it’s natural and raw form, chocolate is just banging! It is the processing of it that turns it into shit. In it’s raw form it does not contain any sugar or dairy. If you want a delicious, high energy weight loss food; chocolate is your bean! Ohhhh yeahhhh!
What is in chocolate and what it does
-Magnesium: heart, brain, muscle cramping, elimination, alkaline, bone strength
-Chromium: balances blood sugar
-Copper: blood, immunity
-Vitamin C: Supports the immune system
-Zinc: immunity, liver, pancreas, skin
-Omega-6 Fatty Acids: (healthy unless chocolate is cooked…then it is a trans fat)
-Phenylethlamine: focus, alertness, appetite suppressant
-Anandamide: endorphin (same as what is released after exercising)
-Tryptophan: mood enhancing
-Seratonin: stress defense (feel good)
-Methylxantines: antibacterial, cardiovascular
-Oxalic Acid: (when cooked is bad for the kidneys)
These are just a few of the MANY good reasons to eat chocolate only when raw. The oxalic acid and omega 6 fatty acids become problematic (trans fat and oxalates) when the cacao gets cooked and highly processed. There are a lot of delicious ways to use raw cacao. You can buy nibs, powder and cacao butter. One of the special qualities of cacao is it’s ability to hide the flavor of foods that don’t taste so great. You can eat spirulina with cacao and never even taste it.
One of my favorite foods with raw cacao is so easy and healthy and delicious that you won’t believe it! This protein immunity pudding can be added to or subtracted from and you can’t mess it up (something easy & exactly what you need in the kitchen). It’s too good for me not to share so here it is:
Chocolate Protein Immunity Pudding
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 little chunk of cocoa butter
1 tsp coconut oil
3 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 cup cacao powder
1 tsp reishi mushroom
1 tsp chaga mushrooms
1 tbsp spirulina
1 handful of spinach
1 handful frozen strawberries
1 handful goji berries
a very small pinch of raw vanilla
In mixer soak chia seeds with coconut milk for 30 minutes then add in the rest and blend
Sprinkle with cocoa nibs or bee pollen…
IT IS YUMMY and so healthy.
You can make protein bars with raw cacao and hemp protein and a few other wonderful ingredients including coconut oil. There are so many raw goodies you can make with cacao that are really healthy. The one feeling I think I can say that I consistently get when eating chocolate is “decadence”, frivolous and lovely indulgence of the sweetest and healthiest kind. I make smoothies with cacao, coconut milk, banana, spinach and that is it. It is healthy as can be and it tastes delicious!
What is your favorite chocolate food? Please share!