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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Great Raw Food Combo – Raw Cacao and Mesquite!



Today, I would like to talk about one of my favorite raw food combinations – raw cacao and mesquite. Both raw cacao and mesquite are superfoods that offer many benefits when added to our diets.
Cacao Powder
 
The Cacao tree is originally from the region of the Columbia and Ecuador border. Raw cacao offers the highest amount of antioxidants, magnesium, and chromium of any food. Raw cacao also offers a long list of other nutrients that are beneficial to our health. Cacao is one of the most chemically dense foods on earth and we are still learning about it. It is important to consume raw cacao instead of cooked cacao since many of its nutrients, especially phytochemicals and vitamins, are destroyed during the cooking process.




Methquite Powder
The Mesquite tree is originally from the desert regions of southwest US, Central and South America. Mesquite is high in dietary fiber and lysine, and has significant amounts of calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, protein, and zinc. Mesquite increase calcium levels in the body, create collagen, helps to build and repair muscle tissue, and helps to reduce the painful and unsightly herpes sores. The lysine found in mesquite has been found to beneficial for maintaining healthy teeth.




Raw cacao and mesquite are both great on their own and can be used in many different ways. I like to add them together to make a real nice tasting chocolate dessert. Mesquite just adds a unique flavor dimension to chocolate of sweet, smokiness with hints of carob and caramel. This pairing can be used any way that chocolate can be used: in baked goods, raw desserts, cookies, cakes, breads, smoothies, yoghurt, soups, sauces, milks, and so on. I like to make a Chocolate Mesquite Pudding using ground fresh or dried coconut as a base and add to it raw cacao powder, mesquite powder, a sweetener like ground dates or agave nectar, and spring water. Mix it together with a fork and it is ready to eat!

Click this link to read more about raw cacao powder:
http://www.greenharmonyliving.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9_114&products_id=317


Click this link to read more about raw mesquite powder:
http://www.greenharmonyliving.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9_133&products_id=486&zenid=cc24e16d5ed2937660ab74528f9f7cff



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