According to the CDC, 1 in every 4 deaths in the United States is caused by heart disease.

That’s outrageous! We’ve got to take better care of ourselves. And, I think nutrition is a good place to start.

If we make small changes to our diet, that are both reasonable and sustainable, then I think we can truly develop, and maintain a diet that supports a healthy heart for life.

It’s also important to realize that little changes do add up over time. So, don’t feel like you have to entirely change your eating habits overnight. Just start making little tweaks here and there.

A simple and tasty way you can nurture your heart is by eating chocolate.

 

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Now, I’m not talking about the chocolates you see at the checkout stand of your local grocery store, which have been cooked, processed, loaded with sugar, unhealthy fats, and other not so great additives.

I’m talking about raw chocolate … raw cacao! Raw cacao is unprocessed chocolate – the way Mother Nature made it! It’s special because it’s great for your heart and contains super nutrition in every bite!

  • Did You Know? Cacao is the number one food coming out of Mexico. The Aztecs often called cacao yollotl eztli, which means heart blood. They obviously understood the powerful affects of chocolate on the heart.

Health Benefits of Raw Cacao (Chocolate)

Fries calcification in the coronary artery

Highest natural source of antioxidants – which protect against free radical damage

Highest natural source of magnesium – supports the heart; studies show a deficiency of magnesium is associated with heart complications

High source of iron – important for healthy blood

Great source of chromium – helps balance blood sugar levels

Excellent source of manganese, copper, and zinc

Vitamin C – a powerful antioxidant; present in raw cacao only, not cooked chocolate

Phenylethylamines (PEA) – there are multiple love chemicals in raw chocolate … cooked chocolate only has one

There are so many nutritional benefits to eating raw chocolate. Definitely a great superfood to include in your diet … don’t you think?! It’s like a natural multi-mineral supplement with anti-depressant properties!

Forms of Raw Cacao (Chocolate)

Cacao Beans – the actual nut/bean that all chocolate is made from

Cacao Nibs – cacao beans broken into small pieces

Cacao (Cocoa) Butter – this is the oil from the cacao bean

Cacao Powder – the material leftover after pressing the oil out of the bean is turned into a powder

Cacao Paste – the result of grinding the cacao pod

Fun Ways to Eat Raw Cacao (Chocolate)

These are just ideas to get you started. Be creative!

Smoothies

Throw a few cacao beans, a tablespoon of cacao powder, or piece of cacao paste into a delicious smoothie.

Chia Pudding

You could make a chocolatey chia seed pudding by adding a couple tablespoons of cacao powder to the recipe.

Trail Mix

Throw some cacao beans or nibs into a fruit and nut trail mix.

Chocolate Milk

Add some cacao powder into a blender with your favorite nut or seed milk.

Homemade Chocolate Bars

You can make your own tasty chocolates by combing cacao powder, melted cacao butter, and a sweetener like raw honey or clear agave syrup. You can add other goodies, but this is your basic chocolate recipe. You’ll have to play around with the ratios of these ingredients to get your perfect taste and texture.

Best of Health,

Shahné

Have you had your chocolate fix today?! What are some of your favorite chocolate recipes?

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