The Mayans referred to cacao berry as the “food of the Gods”, and for good reason. Throughout history, the cacao plant has been revered for its healing properties. Among the many known health benefits, containing essential vitamins, minerals, and powerful antioxidants, cacao is widely understood as a heart healthy food. Sometimes thought of as a “heart opener,” many cultures use the bean in spiritual practices to help foster work with the inner realms. Its consumption increases blood flow, creating a clean, focused energy throughout the body, while also elevating mood. Those who incorporate the use of cacao berry in ceremonial rituals believe it to be a gentle facilitator to reach inward, opening up emotions, thoughts, and belief systems.
Making this smoothie is an excellent way to get all of the flavor of chocolate, with an added healthful boost of greens and fruit too. Take a sip and love yourself a little more by pausing for just a moment to feel what flows through you…
Cacao Berry Smoothie
INGREDIENTS (Serves 1 Large; 2 Small)
- 1 cup almond, or coconut, milk
- 1/2 cup filtered water
- 1 cup fresh baby spinach
- 1 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1 banana
- 3 tablespoons cacao powder
- 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
- Ice (use as desired to cool down drink)
- (Optional) Cacao nibs
- Combine all ingredients in a blender, until liquefied. Top with cacao nibs, as desired. Sip and enjoy!
Do you have any recipes that put you directly into a relaxation state of mind?