Today I played around in the kitchen with two of my favourite Superfoods: Raw Cocao and dried Goji berries. It is actually so hard to pick my preferences as there are so many superfoods that I adore and each one has different nutritional values to add to your health. See below a brief outline of the benefits of raw cacao and goji berries according to The Magic of Superfoods:
The benefits of raw cacao include:
- Raw cacao is a fantastic source of magnesium which increases the strength of the heart muscle. It also decreases blood coagulation which lowers blood pressure.
- Longevity antioxidants: Raw cacao is one of the richest sources of antioxidants in any food
- Brain Health: Raw cocoa has been found to contain up to 2.2% phenylethylamine (PEA) which increases the activity of brain chemicals which helps us to pay attention and stay alert.
- Raw cacao is a great source of iron & manganese which provides us with energy
- Natural antidepressant: Cacao contains serotonin, dopamine, PEA and MAOIs that improve your mood and help alleviate depression.
- Weight loss: You better believe it! Raw cacao diminishes your appetite; it is the added processed sugar and diary in shop-bought chocolate that makes you pick up weight. Eating raw cacao makes you feel full and thus you eat less and lose weight.
The benefits of goji berries include:
- Goji Berries strengthen the body and helps the body deal with stress. It also enhances stamina, longevity and sexual energy 😉
- Source of Protein: Goji berries contain 18 kinds of amino acids – the building blocks of protein!
- Goji berries are rich in 21 trace minerals including zinc, iron, copper and calcium as well vitamins including Vitamin B1, B2 and B6 which boosts energy.
- Improves eye sight: Goiji berries are extremely high in antioxidants! They are also one of the best sources of carotenoids and contain zeaxanthin and lutein that protects and improves eyesight.
- Goji berries are youthening as they have great anti-inflammatory properties
- Goji berries boosts your immune system
- Digestion support: Gojis stimulate the release of digestive juices which helps you to digest your food better.
- Goji berries increase our body’s production of superoxide dismutase (SOD) which prevents cholesterol from oxidising and attaching to the heart’s walls.
As you can see, these two ingredients are super beneficial to your health and they are so easy to include into your daily diet. The two recipes I made today, proves just that! For lunch I made a raw cacao and banana smoothie and as a sweet little treat, I threw together a few items to make the most delicious raw vegan chocolates. I made both recipes (from the top of my head) and cleaned up the kitchen in less than an hour! The goji berries in the raw vegan chocolate is especially good – from refrigerating, it goes a little crunchy whilst the chocolate melts away in your mouth. Simply delicious!
Raw vegan chocolates:
- ½ cup raw cocoa powder
- 40ml raw agave syrup or 60ml maple syrup
- 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
- ½ cup dried goji berries
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Sift cocoa in a mixing bowl
- Add all of the other ingredients & whisk well until the mixture is blended smoothly
- Pour into chocolate moulds
- Transfer it to the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
- Keep refrigerated until served
Chocolate, banana & goji berry smoothie:
- 1-2 frozen bananas
- A cup frozen strawberries
- 1-2 tablespoons of raw cacao powder
- Few blocks of ice (about six blocks)
- Small hand-full of dried goji berries
- NOTE: Ingredients many vary depending on your taste and the amount of smoothies you want to make. This one makes 1 – 2 smoothies
- Simply chuck everything in your food processor and blend the ingredients untill the mixture is smooth and thick
- Serve in a tall glass and garnish with goji berries
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