I love chocolate! Who doesn’t? Chocolate used to be such a rare commodity in the early ages that it was even used as a currency and reward. Chocolate is now very accessible to the mass public but they usually come added with some sugar and dairy ingredients to make them more palatable. Even dark chocolate such as 70% dark chocolate or stronger, contains a little bit of refined sugar.
Cacao powder and nibs, on the other hand, are in their purest form, from the cocoa bean. Cacao nibs are broken pieces of the cacao bean husk and contains nothing else. When raw cacao nibs are further broken down into powder, we get raw cacao powder. Although they can taste quite bitter, they are the best and cleanest way to enjoy the health benefits from the cocoa bean.
Chia seeds add a whole bunch of nutritional value because they are a great source of protein, help to support digestion, are naturally filling, and provide lots of energy and endurance.
Raw cacao is a known powerful antioxidant that works extremely well to boost your immune system. It contains a broad spectrum of important vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, calcium, zinc, potassium, B-complex vitamins and iron. When consumed regularly, these nutrients together will definitely help your body feel more energized, boost your mood and your levels of focus and concentration and thereby fuel and improve your body’s immune system.
The other star ingredient in this healthy chocolate pudding recipe is the brazil nut. Although less popular than its nutty counterparts such as almonds, cashews, and hazelnuts, brazil nuts are just as healthy for you. A quarter cup of brazil nuts can provide you with almost 5 grams of healthy protein, 4 grams of carbohydrates and a wide spectrum of other essential minerals such as iron, selenium, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. If you don’t typically consume brazil nuts on a regular basis, why not give this Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding a try and let it be one of the many indulgent ways to add brazil nuts into your diet?
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