Saturday, March 19, 2016

Products We Love❣: Navitas Naturals Cacao Powder

We love Navitas Naturals Cacao Powder!  There are no GMO's, it's all natural with no chemical additives. There are a wide variety of recipes that you can use Navitas Naturals Cacao powder for like chocolate, cakes, cupcakes, brownies, hot cacao drinks and many other chocolate treats. By replacing Cocoa with Cacao powder you'll be using an unfiltered and more nutritious version of cocoa! Cacao is a super food that has dietary fiber, polyphenols and Magnesuim!  Here's their benefits!

1. Dietary fiber 
Dietary fiber is great for the digestion, helping to maintain a healthy weight and lowering your risk of diabetes and heart disease. It's helps to maintain bowel health, lower cholesterol levels and helps to control blood sugar levels. 

2. Magnesuim 
Magnesium helps with cell energy production. Magnesium allows the body to produce more Insulin-like Growth Factor (IGF-1), which is a major contributor to the growth and strength of muscles. Magnesium metabolically aids in the breakdown and distribution of vitamins and nutrients when you eat! Magnesium will also help with sleep issues as Serotonin, which the body secretes for sleep is dependent on magnesium for its production. 

3. Polyphenols 
Polyphenols in Cacao help reduce cardiovascular and inflammatory diseases, metabolic disorders, and is used for cancer prevention. Their antioxidant properties may be responsible for many of their pharmacological effects, including the inhibition of lipid peroxidation and the protection of LDL-cholesterol against oxidation, and increase resistance to oxidative stress. The phenolics from cacao also modify the glycemic response and the lipid profile, decreasing platelet function and inflammation along with diastolic and systolic arterial pressures, which, taken together, may reduce the risk of cardiovascular mortality. Cocao polyphenols can also reduce and improve digestion.  Cacao protects against diseases which oxidative stress is a contributor to, such as cancer. 

Try upgrading your baked goods and chocolate nutrition game by using Cacao powder! 

Our favorite recipe using Navitas:

Raw Chocolate:

8 dates (soak for a minute) 
4 tablespoons Navitas Cacao Powder
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest or extract 
1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean or extract
Dash Black Pepper
Dash Nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon 
2 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon coconut oil 

Put all ingredients in a food processor and pulse and grind until it forms a log. 
Roll into balls and roll in coconut or nuts

"Create a lifestyle you can live with" - Raw Earth Medicine 

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