Cacao, Maca, Chia… Who?

If you know them and use them…you’ll already know.

These three are like a little POWER trio.

They really do play up to their roles in being ‘super’ foods.

They share fantastic properties that almost anyone can benefit from and they’re all full of a seriously impressive amount of antioxidants, minerals, essential fatty acids, fibre & protein!

Their active properties will collectively give us boosted energy levels, glowing skin, happy moods & less PMS. Yay!

RAW CACAO Powder

A well-loved super food this one.  The fact that it can instantly make raw & decadent tasting ‘chocolate’ makes it a winner!

Unfortunately though, regular ‘chocolate’ that most people buy is made with roasted cocoa beans– these beans have been heated to high temperatures, processed and then ground, giving them a different, more subtle flavour and unfortunately losing all of the brilliant enzymes, minerals and nutrients that are packed into the whole raw bean.

Raw cacao however is made by cold pressing the unroasted beans and breaking them down into a powder by removing the oils (cacao butter).

Quick Facts…

It’s super high in antioxidants, in particular Resveratrol (same as red wine).

The high antioxidant content can help to protect our cells from damage.

It’s one of the highest plant sources of magnesium (which can help to neutralize toxins, calm and quiet the nerves and build strong bones & teeth).

It’s full of minerals including: iron, potassium, calcium, zinc, manganese and copper.

It can improve your mood.  It increases neurotransmitters in the brain that promote wellbeing and happiness, the same chemical ‘Phenylethamine’ that lets us feel LOVE & also increases focus and alertness.

It contains the alkaloid ‘theobromine’- which has similar properties to caffeine.  It can effect certain people in a similar way too- in that it keeps them wired/alert.  Beware of this and maybe just refrain from that last piece of raw choccie right before bed.

RAW MACA Powder 

Raw Maca is made from the root vegetable Maca, which grows in the Peruvian Andes- South America.  This super food has been used by the Incan warriors for years, as an energy boosting & immune strengthening tonic. Typically maca comes in powder form and it’s then added to smoothies, baking and healthy snacks for raw foodists.

It is a great & powerful addition to anyones diet and has a yummy nutty flavour when added in small amounts.

Quick Facts…

It’s full of vitamins (specifically A, Bs, C and D)

It contains high levels of minerals including Iron, Magnesium, Copper, Zinc, Sodium, Calcium and many more.

Boosts energy levels (seriously).

It helps to regulate hormones and hormonal issues.  In turn, helping to improve fertility and libido among women and men.

It’s also an ‘adaptogen’, meaning it will adapt its use to what you’re needing at the time by helping the body cope and adapt to stressful situations.

CHIA Seeds

Chia Seeds are pretty well-known these days, mainly because of their impressive ability to expand to 5x (or more!) their weight in liquid and turn into an almost solid-like gel within minutes. 

These tiny seeds have been used by the ancient Aztecs & Mayans throughout Mexico & South America, for their use of giving long-lasting energy, endurance & stamina.  The word ‘chia’ literally translates to ‘strength’ in Mayan.

Quick Facts….

They’re one of the highest plant sources of essential fatty acids (omega 3s)

Rich in amino acids (making them a complete whole protein).

They’re high in Vitamins A, B’s, D and E and contain good amounts of the minerals Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium and many other trace minerals.

Chia ‘gel’ is high in fibre and can slow the digestion of quick releasing carbohydrates– meaning they’ll keep you full for longer & give you sustained energy. Yeah!

They allow the body to stay hydrated for longer periods of time, due to their high water content (once soaked).

You can use chia seed ‘gel’ in replacement of eggs in baking recipes like muffins or cakes.

If you know anyone who could benefit from these words or products…feel free to share share share.

Xo