Good morning lovely people 🙂
How have you all been?! I feel like it’s been far too long since I got to chat to you all!
I do admit I went a tad MIA this week, and let me explain: I’ve been having a minor freakout about uni, and the fact that I had to get my shiz together to chase that credit average I’m after! I mean, wow, week 3 just ended, where is this semester going?
I honestly feel like I’ve blinked, and oh hey there, assessments are due pretty much every week now. Holy wow.
So I’ve been trying my best to catch up on all the readings I’ve probably been a tad slack with, and get off my butt to start researching for story ideas, and for my other communications subjects too.
But, clearly among all the hectic-ness (it’s a word, okay? Yes, I’m a journalism student. Yes, spelling/grammar is crucial. Shoosh.) I’ve missed you all too much to stay away 😉
I was contacted the other week by an Australian online store called Cheap Super Foods, asking if I would be interested in reviewing some of their products. Um, is that even a real question? Do you even know who you’re talking to here?! Send ’em on through, buddy!
So I was the lucky recipient of a big bag of 100% organic chia seeds and 100% organic cacao powder. To say I’m just a little bit keen to get to the kitchen and have some fun with these babies is an understatement! I’ll be whipping up some recipes in the next few weeks, so keep an eye out; I’ll definitely be sharing it with you lovelies. I’ll have to do a bit of research first on some great recipes; I’d like to be a bit different, step outside the box! Despite how much I love my baking… it’s time to branch out!
Now, I’ve already done an excited, pour-your-heart-out post about the wonderful, amazing chia seeds, and the health benefits of literally sprinkling them on everything you eat (I’m just waiting for someone to ask, “why is there always an army of ants on your meals?”) Oh, that’ll be the day!
But, I thought I might have a little chat about cacao powder, because to be honest, I wasn’t that familiar with it myself, but I hear great things about it!
So, here is your little fact sheet on cacao powder. Enjoy:
So, where did this cacao come from?:
(Information from All Chocolate)
- Cacao is part of a type of tropical tree, which grows in Mexico and South America mostly.
- The Olmec tribe, from the tropical lowlands of South Central Mexico, were the first to make use of the beans from the plant, and dub the name “cacao”.
- Enter the Mayans, who saw cacao beans as an essential part of their religion. The creation story even features a cacao tree, instead of an apple tree!
- The Mayans weren’t whipping up chocolatey baked goods with the ground beans today, but used them as spices in meals, and to create cold, bitter drinks.
- The Aztecs came in later, and they saw cacao as only fit for the noble and worthy. It was used as currency in Central America! For example, you could head out to the market and snatch up a lil’ bunny for a mere 30 cocao beans.
(If only I could snag a puppy for 30 coffee beans or something today! Could be worth a try, even if I end up being escorted out by security…) 😉
What are these apparently amazing health benefits of the cacao beans you speak of?:
- It’s high in antioxidants (that’s why we can all justify downing a whole block of dark choccie, amiright?! 😛 )
- It contains phenylethanylamine, which is an awesome mood enhancer! It’s a very low concentration anti-depressant.
- Cacao is known to raise the levels of serotonin, and one for the ladies- can even help kick the butt of those pesky PMS symptoms! Lovin’ the sound of this so far, chocolate, come at me.
- It’s got lots of essential minerals: calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper, potassium & manganese.
- It’s packed with essential vitamins: A, B1, B2, B3, C, E.
- It’s also an anti-ageing food… just for a lil’ added bonus, and an excuse to eat some choccie a day for the rest of your life and look damn good while doing it. 😉
What’s your experience with cooking/baking with chia seeds or cacao powder? Any great recipes?
What’s your favourite type of chocolate? Any allowed here 😉 Mine are Picnic, Time Out, Boost and Twix!