Why You Should Eat Chocolate [bonus: antioxidant recipe in 5 minutes]

You can eat chocolate for breakfast, lunch or dinner! Healthy, fun, and super nutrient chocolate meal in less than 5 minutes.

Why You Should Eat Chocolate for Breakfast

Chocolate Coco-Chocko Ingredients:

  • 4 Tbsp. Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 Avocado 
  • 1 Tbsp Chia Seeds 
  • 1 Tbsp Raw Cacao Nibs
  • 1 Tbsp Manuka Honey (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp Macca Powder (optional)
  • 1 Banana
  • 1/2 cup Pomegranic
  • Dash of Cayenne pepper (don’t be afraid to spice it up!)
  • 1/2 cup of water or non-dairy milk
Preparation: place all the ingredients into Vitamix, blend for 5 minutes. 

Why Is This Chocolate Meal

Considered a Superpower Meal?

 

Benefits of Cacao (Chocolate)

“Happiness. Simple as a glass of chocolate or tortuous as the heart. Bitter. Sweet. Alive.” 

― Joanne HarrisChocolat 

Raw cacao or the key ingredient in chocolate (cacao powder and cacao nibs). It is one of the world’s most nutrient-dense foods. It contains more than 1,200 active ingredients, and 10% of its dry weight consists of antioxidants!
Interestingly, cacao contains more antioxidants than blueberry & red wine. It is also a source of magnesium, iron, chromium, sulfur, copper, and zinc. Not to mention, cacao makes your brain, and your heart experiences a sense of feeling good due to the chemical compounds in cacao.  Anandamide, theobromine, phenethylamine (PEA), magnesium and monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) are to blame. These chemicals make us feel “high.” 

Benefits of Pomegranate 

“Thy lips are like a thread of scarlet, and thy speech is comely: thy temples are like a piece of a pomegranate within thy locks.” 

Song of Solomon 4:3

 

Pomegranate seeds get their vibrant red hue from polyphenols. Polyphenols are powerful antioxidants. Research shows that pomegranates can help prevent or treat various disease risk factors, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and inflammation. Pomegranate seeds can prevent and treat some forms of cancer! The seeds are loaded with fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, and potassium. Not to mention, the pomegranate makes top 10 aphrodisiac foods. 

 Benefits of Cayenne Pepper 

You probably wouldn’t consider adding cayenne pepper to chocolates.

Fun fact: the Mayans of Central America discovered cocoa as early as 900 AD. They learned about the beans inside the cocoa pods. Mayans harvested and made it into a liquid or chocolate! 

However, Mayan chocolate was very different from the chocolate we know today. It was a liquid made from crushed cocoa beans, chili peppers, and water. 

Hence, add some cayenne pepper to your chocolate meal. Mayans called chocolate a “food of the gods.” 

So, spice it up with cayenne pepper, which has been used for both food and medicine for the last 9,000 years. It can stimulate your body’s circulation and reduce acidity. 

Divine Chocolate 

The god of vegetation and wisdom (Quetzalcoatl) came to earth with a cocoa tree and taught the mortals how to cultivate cocoa and make a drink out of its beans, Aztecs (Nahuatl-speaking people who lived in central Mexico in the 14th to 16th centuries) believed. 

Aztecs prepared chocolate as a drink. It was served as a bitter liquid, mixed with spices.

A god-like chocolate drink was believed to have aphrodisiac and super strength powers.  Today, such beverages are also known as “Chilate.” You can find one in the South of Mexico, served by locals. 

Cocoa was often consumed during religious and marriage ceremonies.

Drinking cocoa was a luxury that few Aztecs could afford. They believed that wisdom and power came from eating the fruit of the cocoa tree.

The drink was so precious that it was served in golden goblets that were thrown away after just one use! 

Fun Fact: The word “chocolate” comes from the Classical Nahuatl word chocolātl, and entered the English language from the Spanish language.

 Nutritional Info Calories Carbs Fat Protein Sodium Sugar
kcal g g g mg g
dagoba – unsweetened cocoa, 4 T 50 10 4 4 0 0
 0.5 avocado (100.5g) 161 9 15 2 7 1
Chia Seeds, Organic, 1 Tbsp (12 g) 60 0 4 2 0 0
Organic Raw Cacao Nibs, 5 gram 23 2 2 1 0 0
Manuka Honey Umf10+, 1 Tbsp. 70 17 0 0 20 17
Bananas, raw, 4.2 ounce 90 23 0 1 1 12
Pomegranates, raw, 0.5 cup 72 16 1 1 3 12
Totals: 526 77 26 11 31 42

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