Do you drink coffee?
One minute it’s good for you, the next it’s bad. Who should we believe?
For me, it’s a matter of listening to your body. I love coffee, but if I drink it every day I get addicted easily. Eventually, too much coffee ends up exhausting my adrenal glands, making it difficult to function in the morning unless I have a strong coffee to get me going. It also does not ground me, and I need sustenance that grounds me as I’m a very flighty person.
With this in
I’ve discovered a drink to replace my coffee consumption, it’s not as strong but it does give you a subtle lift and it tastes divine. I’d like to share with you the drink of the Gods – Named so because it contains raw cacao powder.
Raw cacao is made from cold-pressing unroasted cacao beans – The same beans that are used to make chocolate bars. The cold pressing procedure process preserves the living enzymes in the cacao but removes the cacao butter (the fat). Cacao is not the same as cocoa, which is roasted a high temperature. This destroys the the molecular structure, lowering the nutritional value.
The ancient Mayan’s discovered the cacao plant and named it Theobroma cacao. Meaning; Food of the Gods. In Greek, Theo = God. Broma = That which is eaten.
Numerous studies show raw cacao has many health benefits, including;
- Reduced blood pressure
- Lowering insulin resistance
- It’s an antioxidant
- High in protein
- Low in fat
- High in magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium and zinc
- May guard against cardiovascular disease
- Enhances your mood
- Shields nerve cells from damage
How to make Theobroma; Drink of the Gods
I’ve experimented with different ingredients and this is my current method for taste and health.
- 1 teaspoon of Raw cacao powder
- 5 Organic Cardamon Seeds
- 1 teaspoon of Organic cinnamon
- 3/4 teaspoon of Coconut oil
- 1/2 cup of filtered water
- 1/2 cup of coconut milk or plant-based milk (my favourite)
- To add sweetness;
Vegan option – Drop of Stevia.
Non-vegan option – Teaspoon of Raw honey.
Add the water and milk to a saucepan, add cardamon (bash the cardamon a bit first to release flavour) then heat gently on low heat for 5 mins.
Turn up the heat a little and add cinnamon, continue to heat but do not boil. Finally add stevia or honey and melt in the coconut oil. Enjoy.
NOTE: If you’re looking for a very low-calorie version, only use water and don’t add the coconut oil. You can experiment with not adding sweetener however it’s quite bitter without it.
The book in the photograph is Calling us Home by Chris Luttichau. It’s a superb book that I highly recommend. It resonates with me deeply as it is in-line with my motto of; Ancient teachings for modern times. Get the book here »
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