Today, 7th July, is officially chocolate day!
Chocolate is believed to have health benefits…..but we’re not talking about your average Mars Bar!
Cacao, the raw unprocessed bean from which chocolate is made contains a high number of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Processing of the bean to produce cocoa reduces the quality, antioxidant and nutrient value.
Raw cacao powder can be purchased from most health food stores and from online stores such as Loving Earth.
One of my favourite and easiest ways to use cacao is to make a hot chocolate with it. It’s as easy as adding a heaped teaspoon to a mug of boiling water, adding a sweetener such as Stevia or Natvia (I like to use Mesquite powder instead for its health benefits and sweetness) and some almond milk (or your milk of choice).