If you want to enjoy chocolate at Easter time, but are concerned about the effects of sugar and dairy on your system, opt instead for Raw Cacao Powder.
The antioxidants in Cacao can also be absorbed through your skin, reducing redness and enhancing your skin's natural glow.
Create a Chocolate Mud Masque by combining an equal amount of natural clay (Bentonite is great, or White Kaolin is good for sensitive skin) with Cacao Powder, then mixing with distilled water to form a paste.
You can get a DIY Kit for the Masque here: Chocolate Mud Masque DIY Kit. $45 makes 4 jars and includes all the supplies you need. See how easy it is to make with this how-to video:
What is it?
Raw Cacao Powder is a dried and powdered form of the Cocoa Bean (Theobroma cacao) which is used in all chocolate making. Except white chocolate...don't get me started.
In its raw form, the cocoa powder is less processed and unsweetened, meaning that its full nutritional benefits can be enjoyed by the consumer, sans guilt.
What's in it?
According to a article in the Huffington Post, "Cacao has more antioxidant flavonoids than any food tested so far, including blueberries, red wine, and black and green teas....Such high antioxidant levels supports the cardiovascular and nervous system, by preventing free radicals from forming."
It also contains protein, calcium, carotene, thiamin, riboflavin, magnesium, sulfur, flavonoids, and essential fatty acids. Bascially, it's awesome for your body, inside and out.
What to Cook with Cacao?
Smoothies, cake, and Paleo balls, oh my!
Raw cacao is easy to cook with, although sometimes the recipes add back the sugar and fats you were hoping to avoid in the first place.
It's not sweetened, so if your sweet tooth feels sad, use raw honey or maple syrup as an alternative to processed sugar.
The Perfect Cup of Cocoa
- 1 C Organic Full-Cream Milk
- 2 Tbsp Raw Cacao Powder
- 1/8 Tsp Nutmeg (freshly grated if possible)
- Raw Honey to taste.
Combine the Cacao and Milk in a saucepan, and heat gently. Grate in the nutmeg, and add the honey (or your sweetener of choice) to taste. When the cocoa is thick and chocolately, remove from the heat, and pour into your favourite mug. Don't allow the milk to boil; less heat retains more nutritional benefits. Sip slowly with friends or a good book.
Here are some links to more recipe suggestions:
Enjoy everyone, and Happy Easter!