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Chia: The Good Stuff

Benefits of Chia

We love Chia Seeds, it is an amazing choice for staying hydrated, just pop a teaspoon into your eco-friendly bottle of water and it will release hydration throughout the day. The seeds expand when added to liquid so less is more, go steady with how much you pop in.

Chia Seeds also act as an antioxidant, so great for cleansing and detoxifying, keeping you looking young for longer.

They pack a punch in the fibre and protein arena despite their tiny size 1 ounce will give you 11g of soluble fibre and 4g protein, not bad for a miniscule seed.

Chia seeds also contain Omega 3, great for brain power and great as part of a healthy diet for menopausal women.

It has been claimed that Chia seeds may help with weight loss but no one really wants to get behind that one as it depends on an overall healthy diet and exercise habits.

Also great for menopausal women and the ageing population they are high in bone strengthening nutrients such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and protein. Just 28g gives you 18% of your daily recommended daily intake.

Again, like our friend Raw Cacao, the calcium content of this impressive tiny seed is much higher than cow’s milk.

Chia after a meal can help to reduce post-meal high of blood sugar levels.

This is a versatile seed, add it to water during the summer days to stay hydrated, add it to milkshakes to get the nutrients you need before/after high level activity. Use it as an egg replacer, add it to bread dough, to breakfast muffins, cakes, porridge, granola… the list is endless!!

Time for you to get creative with Chia Seeds.

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Cacao: The Good Stuff

CACAO: The Benefits

If you know us well enough, you will know we are fans of the good stuff AKA natural ingredients. This is going to be one of many blogs that talks about the goodness of some of the ingredients we use in our cooking whether it be for our stall, our events or for our own eating.

Cacao

We use this in our energy balls, and I tend to throw a little into our breakfast pancakes too. A great addition to raw desserts, it has great properties too!

Raw organic cacao is the best one to go for as any processing will destroy many of the properties I talk about here.

Cacao acts as an anti-depressant, it elevates your mood because it contains serotonin, tryptophan, tyrosine and phenylethylamine.

It also contains 40 times the antioxidants that blueberries do… yep, this is why it goes into our breakfasts.

Cacao is also the highest plant-based source of iron, which I have to say is music to my ears and of course, to my sweet tooth.

It has a high content of Magnesium which keeps your heart and brain healthy.

AND…

…this is a great promotion for animal friendly plant based choices; it contains more calcium than cow’s milk, so if you have been wondering where you would get your calcium fix without cow’s milk and cow’s milk based cheeses… ta dah! You have your replacement which is even better.

I hope that has got your cogs turning, your mouth watering and your legs running out the door to get some of this amazing stuff.

Our energy balls recipe is already here so why not give them a try with your new-found super-duper raw cacao powder. Do let me know how it goes.

Where to get it.

You should be able to find it online or in any good health food shop. We buy Naturya Raw Organic Cacao from a small local health food retailer. However you can get it from Holland and Barrett for £6.99.