Okay, now that we got that taken care of…
Have you ever wondered about the differences between cocoa and cacao? I mean other than the obvious…you know, the number of a’s and o’s, and the order in which they appear. No? Well, really? I mean it really is somewhat intriguing.
It’s actually quite simple. Cacao is made by cold-pressing unroasted cocoa beans. Cocoa powder is simply raw cacao that’s been roasted at high temperatures. Both provide your body with lots of nutrients, but cacao is less processed. And that’s important to me.
Cacao is a good source of protein, potassium and zinc, and a very good source of dietary fiber, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, copper and manganese. Nutrient dense, my friends. Nutrient dense.
So, how does this affect your life? Well…
protein: used to build and repair tissues.
potassium: keeps your brain, nerves, heart, and muscles functioning the way they should
zinc: needed to keep your immune system functioning, promotes healing of wounds, and assists in the clotting of blood.
dietary fiber: keeps you regular,can help maintain a healthy weight, lowers risk of diabetes and heart disease.
iron: needed to make red blood cells.
magnesium: promotes heart health, reduces severity of asthma and frequency of migraines.
phosphorus: provides strength to bones and teeth.
copper: prevents premature aging, increases energy production, regulates heart rhythm, balances thyroid glands, reduces symptoms of arthritis, promotes quick wound healing, increases red blood cell formation, and reduces cholesterol.
manganese: promotes bone health, controls blood sugar, and protects against free radicals.
Not bad! Want to give it a try? Well then, I have an incredibly delicious way for you to do just that!
Creamy, Dreamy Cocoa
1 1/2 c. nut milk (I used homemade almond milk)
1 T. cacao powder
2 dates (add another if you’d like it sweeter)
1/2 T. unsweetened coconut flakes
1/4 t. cinnamon
pinch of sea salt
Put all ingredients in a blender cup. Blend away until you can’t see any chunks! Strain into a microwave safe cup. I’ve found that the thick stuff left in the strainer is quite yummy. I pretty much just grab a spoon and scrape it out. Tastes like a cookie. Heat for 1 1/2 – 2 minutes. I’m sure marshmallows on top would definitely add to the experience. I love using Dandies (vegan).