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Preparation & Recipes

BENEFITS OF CACAO  

 

A delicious and nutritious beverage, cacao can replace morning coffee and contribute to the health of the nervous system, cognitive system, and heart. It also helps strengthen the immune system thanks to the flavonoids, antioxidants present in cacao. Cacao is also known as a mood enhancer, as it aids in the production of serotonin, the hormone responsible for good mood, through its content of the amino acid tryptophan, thus improving our emotional state. Cacao contains neurotransmitters and molecules of bliss, such as anandamide, an endocannabinoid produced by our body, which is further stimulated by cacao, providing a sense of well-being and pleasure. You can enjoy it in the morning, during or after your meditation session, or incorporate it into your diet with mindfulness and intention.

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PREPARATION

 

Embrace the Versatility of Ceremonial Cacao: Beyond Traditional Use

 

Our ceremonial cacao isn't just for ceremonies! Discover its wonders in your daily life too. You can replace it with coffee or add it to smoothies, cereal, and other delightful treats. Experience the natural healing, mood-enhancing effects, and heightened focus it offers. Elevate your well-being and creativity with every sip. Join us on this journey of self-discovery with our premium ceremonial cacao!"

HOW TO PREPARE YOUR CACAO DRINK?

 

RECIPE for 1 person CEREMONIAL DOSE

 

(Please read the dose recommendation below: Consult your specialist/doctor

in case of pregnancy or severe heart conditions, migraine, if you are using antidepressant.)

 

*42 gr ceremonial cacao* 

250ml hot water (not boiling, as it may alter the flavour and properties of cacao)

Pinch of salt to open the taste of cacao

 

*(If you have caffeine sensitivity, you can use it between 25 to 30, you will arrange

and find your own dose, for example, 27 gr cacao 160 ml water)

 

Mindfully chop the cacao into small pieces. Heat the water in a pan and gradually pour the freshly chopped cacao into the hot water (not boiling, as it may alter the flavour and properties of cacao); stir with a whisk or a milk frother until completely dissolved and melted. 

 

Pour it into your favourite cup, set your intention, sit back and enjoy your inner journey with Cacao.


 

RECIPE for 1 person DAILY USE

 

15-20 gr ceremonial cacao

150ml/180ml/200ml hot water or plant milk (almond, oat, rice, coconut or hazelnut)

(Arrange the amount of water or plant milk according to the thickness and bitterness you like)

Pinch of salt to open the taste of cacao

 

Mindfully chop 15-20g of cacao into small pieces. Heat the water or, if you prefer,

use a plant-based milk of your choice.

 

Gradually pour the freshly chopped cacao into the hot water (not boiling, as it may alter

the flavour and properties of cacao); stir with a whisk or a milk frother until completely dissolved and melted. The traditional drink is bitter, but, you can add natural sweetener. (Maple syrup, agave, coconut blossom sugar.)

 

For additional functional benefits, you can enhance the beverage with medicinal herbs and spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, cayenne pepper, vanilla, turmeric, and ginger.

 

Pour it into your favourite cup, set your intention, and enjoy your inner journey with Cacao.

 

PS: I drink cacao every day in the morning or around noon. As I am caffeine sensitive, I personally use 9g cacao with 250ml plant milk daily. So you will find your favourite daily dose of cacao with your favourite thickness amount of water or plant milk by experimenting and can do it differently according to your mood and taste. 

 

APPETIZER DESSERT WITH CACAO

 

1 or 2 dates 

Chopped ceremonial cacao

Pomegranate seeds

Pinch of cinnamon

 

Cut the dates in half remove the pits

Chop the ceremonial cacao and pour just the amount to fill in the centre of the half-dates

Add a pinch of cinnamon

Sprinkle pomegranate seeds

DOSE RECOMMENDATIONS:

Some people claim that there is a specific "ceremonial" dose of 42 g per person. (However, you can arrange the dose according to your caffeine sensitivity / your health; between 25 - 42 g). If you are preparing a ceremonial dose please consult with your cacao facilitator and/or doctor. Do not consume coffee 24 hours before and during the day you consume the ceremonial dose of cacao.

 

For daily and continuous use, it is more appropriate to consume around 2-20 g at most. 

 

Pure cacao paste is a highly energizing food, so it should be consumed with awareness and caution, avoiding excessive intake, and maintaining a varied and balanced diet.

 

Consult your specialist/doctor in case of pregnancy or severe heart conditions, migraine, if you are using antidepressants.

 

The stimulating and energizing effects of cacao typically manifest about half an hour after consumption. We recommend drinking a glass of water before and after to aid absorption and digestion.


 

Enjoy the cacao bliss!

 

With Love & Harmony, 

Gonca

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