Cherry Chocolate Bowl
I look forward to getting out of bed just to enjoy my cherry chocolate bowl. Whenever I buy cherries, this is on the list for the morning after. Cherry chocolate is one of those combinations that reminds us of indulging, but this bowl is healthy. Freeze it and re-blend it to make an ice cream. Drink it. Spoon it out of the bowl like I do. Any way you eat it, you’ll love it. The added health benefits of cacao are something notable to start the day with. Read more about them below.
Raw cacao (which is what I use) is the pure, unheated version of the ground cacao bean. The cacao fruit tree bears the cacao pods which have inside them the cacao beans, from which cacao and cocoa products are made. The beans can be chopped up into cacao nibs, melted into cacao paste, or have the cacao butter extracted from the fatty outer lining on the inside of the bean before the rest of the bean is made into cacao powder. Cacao retains more nutrients than cocoa because it’s unprocessed state helps to keep them intact. Raw cacao can have a bitter taste, while dutch cocoa alkalizes the bitterness and is great for baking. Both cacao and cocoa have an impressive profile of benefits. It’s no wonder these prized beans were used a a trade currency going back thousands of years to their native lands of Latin and South America.
Raw cacao has over 300 different chemical compounds, is a leading antioxidant superfood (in the top 10), and has a list of nutrients that include protein, fiber, essential fatty acids, calcium, riboflavin, carotene, thiamin, magnesium, sulfur, and flavonoids. The naturally occurring phytochemicals and antioxidants help to combat, reverse, and prevent diseases including cancer, fight free radicals and protect cells from damage, lower bad cholesterol, reduce inflammation, and promote heart health. Cacao also has aphrodisiac properties, uplifting ones emotional state by producing serotonin, phenethylamine, endorphins, and neurotransmitters, that help with focus, pain relief, depression, euphoria, and feelings of bliss. If you’re not an addict of this stuff, just eat more, you will be.
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