8 Ways Chocolate Can Improve Your Daily Routine

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Everyone needs a pick me up throughout the day, but we all struggle with coffee and sugar. Lots of people are turning to raw cacao as a remedy and pick me up to replace that second cup of coffee.

And for good reason – The USDA has reported the flavanols in cacao act as a vasodilator, opening blood vessels, allowing your body to more efficiently deliver and process the nutrients you are eating. So combining cacao, a superfood, with other ingredients, can give you a healthy boost that caters to what you need.

Due to increased interest, some companies are offering a full menu of chocolate-driven remedies. Chocolatl, now on Kickstarter, is one of them.

Here are five ingredients we are eating with raw cacao now, and how they keep us on our A game.

  1. Get a Brain Boost by adding Cordyceps Mushrooms

Indigenous to the high Himalayas, this rare mushroom is regarded for its ability to strengthen the lungs, heart, blood, and kidneys. Used in Chinese medicine to support the individual on a fundamentally physical level, cordyceps can be used for anti-aging, clarity, energy, and overall vitality.

  1. Revitalize yourself with Blue Green Algae & Mint

Sustainably cultivated and sourced from abundant beds, wild blue-green algae is a highly bioavailable source of vegan protein that provides over 65 vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and the complete spectrum of essential and nonessential amino acids. Combined with the naturally calming properties of Mint, this chocolate has a revitalizing eff­ect.

  1. Boost your Immune System by adding Goji Berries

Also known as Wolfberries, Goji is a tonic herb revered in Eastern medicine for longevity, immunity, strength, mood, antioxidants, amino acids, and Vitamin C. Traditionally sourced from Heaven Mountain in northwestern China, Goji’s anti-aging properties are essential for toning and replenishing the body’s vital systems.

  1. Boost your Energy by adding Maca

A South American secret to longevity and vitality, Maca is found in the high Andes and acts as an adaptogenic herb for stamina, balance, protein, immunity and endocrine balancing support

  1. Boost your Mood with Raw Cacao

Just the pure stuff­: Rich in fiber, antioxidants, magnesium, calcium ,and trace minerals, raw cacao provides uplifting neurotransmitters and acts as a support for enhanced absorption of nearly all other vital nutrients.

  1. Feel Empowered with Hemp Seed

The shelled fruit of the hemp seed is one of the most bioavailable sources of plant based protein, fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and essential amino acids naturally found and sustainably harvested.

  1. Improve Recovery time by adding Reishi Mushrooms & Chaga Mushrooms

Considered one of the greatest tonic herbs on earth. Reishi works as a potent antioxidant, improves sleep, aids the central nervous system, nurtures the heart, and provides necessary liver support. While Chaga reduces inflammation and combats fatigue.

  1. Wake up by adding Coffee Beans

Widely known for its caff­eine alkaloids, coff­ee beans are the seed of a tropical shrub that boasts both amino acids and enzymes that slow the absorption of fat and glucose by blocking the absorption of sugars into the bloodstream.

For more information on chocolate inspired remedies, watch the informational video on the Chocolatl Kickstarter campaign, or visit www.chocolatl.com.

Eat Chocolatl and feel good.

Adventures in Wild and Local Chocolate

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  Bay Nuts, Local Organic Goji’s, Elderberries

The FLOW in FLOW Foods stands for Fair, Local, Organic and Wild

We’ve been making chocolate for several years now. We use the best and purest Organic and Fair Trade ingredients, and the highest quality, most potent superfoods from around the world, like Maca Root and Reishi Mushrooms. 

Today, I’m reconnecting with the Local and Wild aspect of FLOW Foods by combining some interesting locally harvested and wild foods with our chocolate. I’ve crafted some special blends that go beyond the edges of our normal chocolate by foraging a little closer to home.

We made a small batch of chocolates that are blended with Local and Wild superfoods:

Elderberries, Bay Nuts, Passionfruit and Goji Berries. (Find them here)

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We made an extra special blend of 50/50 Raw and Roasted chocolate, stone-ground with cane juice crystals as the base for these California Native Chocolates. We made a micro-batch, Get them here

Bay Nut and Elderberry. What are Bay Nuts? Bay nuts come from the California Bay Laurel Tree, and after proper harvesting, processing, and roasting, they make a unique nut that contains lauric acid and stimulant properties similar to coffee.

This past Spring I was at Acorn Gathering in Santa Barbara (practicing primitive arts and skills). I had the honor of re-connecting with an amazing teacher of mine, Tamara Wilder, who first taught me fire by hand drill at OAEC back in 2002. I scored some bay nuts from her, she and talked me through the  roasting process, which took me a couple of tries, but they came out perfect. (I would have made a bigger batch, but I ate half my cache)

I was also able to get some blue elderberries, which come from the Blue Elder Tree, a widely known and used folk remedy for colds and flu’s, and have a high antioxidant level. You can find out more here and here.

Goji and Chili. My family and I harvested Organic Goji Berries from Wild Willow Farms in San Diego a couple of months back. We combined these with some spicy chilis and coconut sugar to make a delicious local blend of a tasty caramel-like spicy goji. Here’s a video of our ‘fair trade’ goji-pickers.

Passionfruit. Passion fruit is GOING OFF here in San Diego. When I lived in Hawaii, I would overdose on what we called Lilikoi there, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Passionfruit is delicious, prolific, easy to grow, and an amazing superfood! They are high in vitamin C, minerals and fiber. They’re tangy and sweet, and the seeds are crunchy and super. Mmm, delicious.

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Tangy, crunchy, passion. What more can I say? Get them here.
In addition to creating interesting chocolate, we want to keep the knowledge of native plants and Wild Food alive. The more love and connection that we can cultivate with the natural world and our wild ecosystems, the more we will protect what we love. So, naturally, all sales of this Limited Edition Chocolate will go to teaching kids and adults about nature and wild food from our local nature connection school, Earthroots.

If you want a pack or two, get them here.

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