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Chocolate for Beauty

When I learned chocolate was considered a beauty food, I had to dive in and find out the facts. I’m a girl that actually believes her acne issues had a little something to do with the massive amount of sugar I was consuming in my teenage years and early 20s. Which if you read my last post, we know sugar truly does negatively impact our skin condition. What I want to know is, what is this chocolate food that’s all the rage and can it benefit me?!

Cacao is not cocoa, there is actually a difference.

Let me explain.

Cacao is the purest form of chocolate you can consume, which means it is raw and much less processed than cocoa powder or chocolate bars. What’s the benefit in that?

Well, Cacao in its raw form is considered one of the highest source of antioxidants of all foods. If you know anything about current beauty trends, you know antioxidants help our body fight free radicals. Free radicals are damaging not only to our cells, but our skin as they can cause aging and a dull complexion.

According to this source, Cacao can prevent premature aging – polyphenol antioxidants found in cacao belong to the same group of antioxidants as green tea and red wine. These anthocyanins (found in dark colored fruits) and catechins (found in green tea) protect our cells from premature oxidation or destruction and can keep us looking and feeling younger longer.

But wait, there’s more! Cacao contains four times the antioxidant content of regular processed dark chocolate, 20 times more than blueberries, and 119 times more than bananas.

Aside from antioxidants, cacao is an excellent source of healthy fats. The same healthy fats as we see in olive oil or coconut oil.

What does it taste like, though?! My preferred way to consume cacao is from cacao nibs. They look like little chocolate chips.

Both raw cacao beans and nibs undergo a fermentation process that preserves the antioxidants. They have a rich, dark chocolate flavor.

If you follow me on Snapchat, you know my latest dessert obsession is cacao nibs, 1/2 a banana, and crunchy peanut butter. It is delicious! You can also add them to your smoothie in the morning.

 The natural sugars in the fruit of your smoothie or PB Banana dessert decreases the bitterness, dark chocolate taste.

Another option is to mix the cacao nibs in to your coffee with a little coconut milk. {avoid dairy as it destroys the antioxidant properties in the cacao}  It won’t be as sweet those hot cocoa packets you drank as a kid, rather it will be a mocha flavor filled with skin glowing benefits.

I have been eating cacao daily for the health benefits. Not only does cacao help with glowing skin and fighting aging, but cacao helps with so much more. Depression, diabetes, inflammation, energy, lowers blood pressure, and so much more. It truly is a SUPERfood!

I add cacao in to my glowing skin smoothie, but I also made these quick, raw cacao bites you can grab and go! Beauty food to go? Sign me up!

These beauty bits not only have cacao, but they are sweetened with dates not artificial sugars. They also have walnuts, which are an excellent source of  omega-3 essential fatty acids, in the form of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). 

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Have you tried cacao? What are some of your favorite ways to incorporate it in to your diet?

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[wpurp-searchable-recipe]Raw Cacao Bites – These sweet little treats are a great for satisfying your chocolatey sweet tooth.
– walnuts, Medjool dates, raw cacao powder, raw cacao nibs, extra cacao powder or unsweetened coconut for garnish, Place the walnuts in a food processor and blend until walnuts are chopped; Add the dates, cacao powder, cacao nibs and blend until well combined.; Roll golf ball size balls with your hands.; You can dust the balls with a little cacao powder or unsweetened coconut so that they are not sticky. ; Store the bites in a sealed container in the fridge.; – [/wpurp-searchable-recipe]

Chocolate for Beauty

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