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Superfood Cocao Nibs

Fitastic February 24, 2013

Cocao Nibs are a superfood.  They are nutrient dense, which means they offer multiple nutrients while providing minimal calories.  They are rich in vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.  Cocao Nibs have more antioxidant flavoniods than any other food, including blueberries, red wine and black/green tea.  Fact: they have  up to 4x the quantity of antioxidants that are found in green tea!!

The health benefits of these antioxidants promote cardiovascular health benefits.  They help reduce blood clotting, improve cirulation, help regulate blood pressue, lower LDL cholesterol and reduce the risk of stroke and heart attacks.

Cocao nibs also protect you from environmental and metabolic toxins. Meaning, they help repair and resist damage caused by free radicals and may reduce risk of certain cancers.

Here’s a list of just some of what these amazing little Cocao Nibs are good for:

-help reduce PMS symptoms

-stimulates the secretion of endorphins, “runner’s high”

-helps increase focus/alertness (contains caffeine)

-acts as an anti-depressant; mild mood elevator

-rich in essential minerals:

Magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron, zinc, cooper, potassium, manganese

-contains essential healthy fats (monounsaturated fat)

-helps reduce appetite

How to Incorporate Cocao Nibs into your Day:

-sprinkle on yogurt

-add to protein shakes

-grind them with coffee beans

-add to trail mixes

-add to muffins/pancakes

One serving is an ounce: 130calories, 12g fat, 10g carbs, 9g fiber, 4g protein

Side note: Cocao Nibs are bitter.  I would recommend adding them to something rather than eating them on their own.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

1c spinach

TBS cocao nibs

Scoop of chocolate protein

½ banana

1c almond milk

TBS peanut butter or almond butter

Stevia to taste (optional)

Mix and enjoy!


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