CHOCOLATE – YES, PLEASE!
The Incas considered it the drink of gods, an association that gave rise to the scientific name of the cocoa tree, Theobroma cacao, from the Greek words theo (god) and broma (drink). Because cocoa beans were prized for their medicinal and aphrodisiacal properties, they were traded just like currency among ancient South American civilizations. Rumor has it Casanova was fond of them 😉
Now, before you gobble down another Mars, read further! For those who think chocolate must be bad for you, rest assured: there’s only one gram of sugar in a half-cup serving of raw cacao. It’s what’s done with it that makes the difference.
Raw (naturally fermented) cacao and processed chocolate bars are two completely separate foods. Processed chocolate is made with roasted cocoa, sugar, milk, and other ingredients that turn it into a solid food. Raw cacao powder contains more than 300 different chemical compounds and nearly four times the antioxidant power of your average dark chocolate. The precise blend of all these elements combined serve to kick in naturally occurring phytochemicals that have incredible benefits throughout the body, such as lowered LDL cholesterol, improved heart function, and reduced cancer risk.
The benefits of cacao are truly fantastic, it can improve your memory, increase your bliss, reduce heart disease, shed fat, boost immunity, and create loads of energy to list just a few physical advantages. Studies have shown that chocolate affects your emotions and mood by raising serotonin levels, which explains why chocolate is often craved when gloominess looms. All this satisfying goodness comes from a frothy mug of hot cocoa or a creamy bar of unadulterated chocolate. It’s no wonder the Spanish called it “black gold.”
By gently heating and making your own delicious hot cacao beverage, you will release more antioxidants and increase the appetite suppressant properties.
Here’s my all-time favourite healthy dessert – an easy motivation for a foggy November day. It’s deliciously decadent, and most importantly – satisfies the sweet tooth without guilt 🙂
1 cup Oat milk (or any other plant based milky drink)
1 tbsp Raw cacao powder
0,25 tsp Arrowroot starch
Mix cold milk with cacao and starch, then heat a bit while whisking it until smooth and slightly thickened.
NB! Add some cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla, or chilli for a twist 🙂