WELLNESS TIP OF THE WEEK:

 

 

Meet the Superfood: Cacao!

We all love chocolate. We just can’t get enough of it! Did you know all chocolate is made from cacao? Cacao is the seed (nut) of a fruit of an indigenous American jungle tree. There is no cacao season… it’s always in season!

Cacao supports the heart in a literal, metaphysical and spiritual sense by supporting a healthy cardiovascular system, opens the heart and returns us to a natural state of feeling and reconnects us to the intuition to the mystery of Mother Nature’s herbal apothecary. Like all superfoods, chocolate straddles the line between a food and a potent and beneficial medicine.

The list goes on and on for the beneficial nutrients found in cacao. To list a few of my favorites, cacao is good an amazing source for antioxidants, serotonin and zinc!

Cacao has the highest concentration of antioxidants of any food in the world! (That’s right ladies, here are reasons why you NEED to eat chocolate!) Antioxidants protect us from age-related health conditions and illnesses. They actually shield our DNA from free-radical damage.

Cacao is rich in serotonin, the primary neurotransmitter in the human body. Serotonin helps us build our “stress-defense shield” and our feel good juices!

Cacao is an excellent source of zinc which plays a crutial role in the immune system, liver, pancreas, sexual fluids and skin. It is involved in thousands of enzymatic reactions throughout the human body.

 

RECIPE OF THE WEEK:

Up-Your-Crunch-Bar

Same texture and chewiness as those chemicalized dairy contaminated chocolate bars… only this tastes WAY better!

 

Combine equal parts:

Agave nectar

Cacao butter

Raw Cashews

Add:

1 big handful of white mulberries

1 tsp. ho shou wu powder

1 tbsp. maca powder

1-2 tbsp. lucuma powder

 

Melt cacao butter in a measuring cup in the dehydrator, add to blender with agave and cashews.

Blend till smooth.

Stir in a big handful of dried mulberries by hand and then pour the mix into molds

Set in freezer awhile to harden.

Then slice into chocolate bars and have THE BEST DAY EVER!