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Cacao Nibs - Food of the Gods

Published In: Healthy Created Date: 2014-03-23 Hits: 1367 Comment: 0

Also known as the "Food of the Gods” by ancient South American cultures, Cacao Nibs is cherished now in modern times as a healthy and delicious form of dark chocolate.

Cacao Nibs are made from whole raw cacao beans crumbled into small ‘nib’ chunks. “Nature’s chocolate chips” have a pure dark chocolate flavor, and they’re a healthy source of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber. Enjoy them in recipes just as chocolate chips, or snack on them straight out of the bag.Cacao Nibs contain a naturally rich supply of antioxidants, including flavonoids and polyphenols, and it’s an excellent source of dietary fiber. Cacao is also known to be one of the highest dietary sources of magnesium and it possesses many other essential minerals in significant quantities including iron. Cacao Nibs also contain 4 grams of protein per serving.

 

Cacao is sustainably harvested in the lush forests of Peru where they are carefully select the best Cacao Beans from local small-scale organic cacao farmers. The cacao beans are delicately removed from the pulp of the pod-like fruit, are rinsed with purified water and partially fermented. The whole beans are peeled and gently crumbled to form small “nibs.” All processing of the cacao is at low temperatures to protect the flavour and nutrients.

 

Listed below are some of the benefits of this Superfood :

  • Energy Boost: Cacoa Nibs contain a substance called theobromine, a central nervous system stimulant that has a similar, though less powerful, stimulating effect as caffeine. It may give you a healthy energy boost if you're feeling low during the day.
  • Mood Elevators: Cacoa contains tryptophan, an essential amino acid required for the production of the neurotransmitter serotonin. Enhanced serotonin levels can quell anxiety and enhance mood. Eating Cacao Nibs also helps to release endorphins, the body’s natural opiates. Endorphins are what give runners that natural high. Eating Cacoa can have a similar effect and may explain why some people become self proclaimed chocoholics.
  • PMS Symptoms: Magnesium deficiency is known to aggravate the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. Forty percent of women admit to chocolate cravings. This may be the body’s attempt to obtain sufficient magnesium levels. Since Cacoa Nibs are a natural snack without added sugar, they may be a healthier way to satisfy monthly chocolate cravings.
  • Appetite Control: Cacao contains chromium an important mineral for stabilizing blood sugar and reducing appetite.
  • Improve Circulation: Cacao is a great source of flavanols, powerful antioxidants that play an important role in circulation. Flavanols help to prevent clogged arteries by helping to stop fatty acids from oxidizing in the bloodstream. Flavanols also help make blood platelets less sticky, which reduces the risk of blood clots, heart attacks and strokes.
  • Improve Cholesterol Levels: Cacao contains healthy monounsaturated fats. The same fats found in olive oil. These healthy fats have been shown to raise good cholesterol (HDL) levels.

 

Organic Traditions Cacao Nibs are an incredibly versatile and convenient superfood. You can use them in a wide variety of recipes just as you would use chocolate chips in baked goods, desserts, and raw treats. Grab a handful of nibs for a delicious and nutritious snack, or sprinkle them onto cereal, trail mix, yogurt, or ice cream.

 

Beat the heat with this delicious recipe!

 

Cacao and Mint frozen yogurt

Ingredients:

  • 300ml thickened cream (approximately 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup organic agave nectar
  • 500g greek yogurt
  • A handful of fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract
  • 2 tablespoons Organic Traditions Cacao Nibs

 

Method:

  • Heat cream and mint leaves in a saucepan over low heat till it slowly starts to simmer. Remove from heat, add agave nectar and set aside for 30 minutes to steep.
  • Remove mint leaves from the mixture. Add yogurt and peppermint extract. Beat with an electric mixer until blended and smooth. Chill in the fridge for a couple of hours (or overnight).
  • Churn the yogurt mix using an ice cream maker. When finished churning, stir in the Cacao Nibs and freeze in air tight freezer-safe containers until ready to eat.
  • It only needs about an hour in the freezer. When ready to eat, remove it 5 minutes prior to soften it a bit.

 

Enjoy!

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