This month is stress awareness month and we want to make sure everyone out there realizes how important it is to reduce stress for the sake of your overall health.
Most people enjoy chocolate from time-to-time, but they don’t realize that this guilty pleasure doesn’t have to make you feel so guilty after all! Adding raw cacao powder to your baking or smoothie recipes gives you that rich chocolaty flavor with a ton of nutrients packed right in.
Cacao powder has been used by civilizations for thousands of years. In Mesoamerica, cacao beans were so valued that they were used as regular currency. This is proof that cacao is not a modern-day invention supported by the food industry. This superfood has proven itself to carry many health benefits!
Here is a list of reasons why Cacao Powder is so nutritious and can boost your mood:
It contains stress relieving compounds- PEA stands for Phenethylamine, this compound triggers endorphins to be released in our brains. These endorphins act as mood-enhancing neurochemicals. When taken in concentration it can give you a euphoric effect!
It contains stress reducing minerals- Cacao is packed full of minerals that help to decrease stress and anxiety. This amazing powder contains high levels magnesium which is an important nervous system relaxer. It also contains valeric acid, serotonin which improves mood and decreases stress in the body. Not only that but anandamide can be found in magnesium and help to produce a euphoric effect in our brains. It’s important to keep in mind that Theobromine is also contained within cacao powder. This substance is special in that it acts as a mild stimulant that has been shown to support and ease the feeling of being depressed.
It can boost brain power and health- Cacao contains high levels of flavanols. These compounds have been proven to boost overall cognitive function. This is true for all chocolate, but the more processed the chocolate, the fewer flavanols it contains. This is why it’s important to use raw unprocessed cacao powder like ours!
How you can add cacao powder into your diet:
Smoothies- Cacao nibs are raw cacao powder chocolate chips. They are great to add into smoothies to give them an extra kick of flavor and texture. The raw powder can also be added to your favorite fruit smoothie recipes. This can come in handy when you find yourself having an intense sweet craving. Try making a healthy chocolate shake with frozen banana, raw local honey, and raw cacao powder!
Baking- You can easily substitute raw cacao powder in all your baking recipes instead of using regular cocoa powder. Not only that, adding cacao nibs to your brownies or cookies can easily take the place of regular chocolate chips!
Hot Chocolate Beverage- If you like to make your hot cocoa from scratch then raw cacao powder is the perfect option for you! Just replace your regular cocoa powder for raw cacao powder next time. Maybe even add a dash of chili flakes, cayenne pepper, or cinnamon for an extra burst of flavor!
Whether you are trying to lose weight by cutting out processed foods, or you are wanting to increase your overall health; adding cacao powder can definitely make things easier for you!
As we have discussed, cacao powder is packed full of compounds and minerals perfectly designed to increase your brain function and relax your mind and body. Consider adding our raw cacao powder to your shopping list this month and experience all the amazing effects in your body! Shine on, Ya’ll.