The ancient cacao bean referred to as the “food of the gods” has for thousands of years been a source of essential minerals, anti-oxidants, and potent brain enhancing compounds. Long before modern science and brain scans the people of the Aztec and Mayans knew the profound effects of this superfood. On the whole, daily meals and celebrations alike included cacao. Eventually, the practice spread around the world. Make organic cacao powder, cacao butter, cacao nibs, and smoothie mix a part of your daily culture, too.
Closely related to coffee, cacao hosts many of the same benefits you hear about. However, it comes with very minimal amounts of caffeine. Happily, it has even less caffeine than most decaf coffees.
February Feel Good!
Valentine’s Day is the day we profess our love and admiration for family, friends, and significant others. There is good reason chocolate has made its way into the standard acceptable gift along with flowers and special meals. The “feel good” chemicals in pure cacao powder and nibs (the basis of all chocolate treats) are PEA, Anandamide, Polyphenols, and Theobromine. Make positive moves towards blocking pain, increasing energy, uplifting mood, and supporting precious brain health with these powerful natural cacao components.
By sticking to natural and minimally processed products you can give and/or receive all the above benefits without the sugary side effects of widely available lower quality, processed products. No need for dairy, corn syrup, or preservatives. Organic products are produced sustainably and have been shown to have less pesticides than traditional crops.
Cacao nibs, butter, and powder are the first steps to creating homemade fudge, candies, hot cocoa, and used across a multitude of culinary dishes. Here are some other great options:
- Spice up a Bulletproof Coffee with cacao butter and make it dairy free
- Add cacao powder to any smoothie or yogurt recipe
- Add cacao nibs into healthy trail mixes
- Try the convenient Sunfood Superfood Smoothie Mix Chocolate for a 13-superfood in 1 shake experience
At the end of the day happiness goes hand in hand with health. Help spread the love with cacao, the healthy chocolate option. A gift that gives back is always the best. Indeed, it doesn’t hurt when that gift is delicious!
Cacao Paste is made by grinding cacao nibs into liquid liquor and yielding beautifully rich paste. The low-temperature process preserves the delicate nutrients and flavors found in raw cacao. This is then molded into wafers. Easily measure and melt into recipes.
The paste partners well with the Cacao Butter over a double boiler with a bit of sweetener and your favorite ‘nubbins’ such as almonds for homemade chocolates. Consider USDA Certified Organic Cacao Paste in your keto diet as 3 T has 9 g fat, 4 g protein, and 8 g carb, 6 of which are fiber.
Every Day not Just V-day
The above ideas and ingredients can be used any and every day not just on special occasions. Whether a winter warmer in hot chocolate-y cocoa, or a cacao infused cocktail on a weekend evening, the uses are only limited to the imagination. With some form of chocolate being a staple in every household, cacao can be the healthy alternative many families are looking for. Satisfy tastebuds in the quest for a happy and healthy lifestyle.
Sunfood cacao products (cold pressed cacao powder, cacao butter, raw cacao nibs, cacao paste, and Chocolate Superfood Smoothie Mix) are USDA Certified Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, vegan, kosher, and gluten-free. Cacao is for everyone. And yes, chocolate is a superfood!
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