Cacao nibs have to be one of nature’s most perfect superfoods. Not only are they chock full of antioxidants and mood lifting chemicals, but they also taste great, since they are the very raw material that chocolate is made from. Raw cacao nibs aren’t weighed down by fat and calorie heavy milk and sugar, but what they lack in sweetness, they make up for in having the purest chocolate flavor possible. That’s exactly why they’re great for making all sorts of dishes, just like the ones below.
One of the best things to do with chocolate is to sprinkle them on top of whatever you’re having. Cacao nibs are no exception. Crushed up cacao nibs can be used to jazz up everything from your breakfast cereal to oatmeal to trail mix to dessert favorites such as a slice of pie or a muffin. This adds a burst of chocolate flavor to even the blandest foods, making them not just tastier, but healthier as well. For best results, the cacao nibs should be crushed rather finely in order to better distribute their flavor in whatever it’s been added to.
Protein shakes and other health oriented smoothies seem to be all the rage these days, with people tossing in an ever weirder series of ingredients into their blenders, such as raw eggs, broccoli, and in some cases, even meat. Whatever it is you opt to put in your smoothie, it’s sure to go great with a bit of chocolate goodness. Cacao nibs, with their easy to grind up texture, are easy to blend into any smoothie recipe, and add their own unique health benefits – and universally loved flavor. Cacao nibs do particularly well in smoothies sweetened by the natural sugars found in fruits. The next time you’re blending up a storm, feel free to try out this recipe: one whole banana, a splash of milk, a dash of whatever flavor protein powder you fancy, and a handful of cacao nibs. With these classic ingredients, there’s no way you can go wrong.
You might think to yourself that baking with chocolate has been done to death in cakes, brownies, and muffins, and isn’t a very creative use of cacao nibs. However, these traditional confectionary sweets comprise only the tip of the baked chocolate iceberg. By using cacao nibs instead of sweetened chocolate powders, you can take advantage of the cacao bean’s complex flavors in even the most savory of dishes. Have you ever wondered what a chocolate pizza might be like? If you’re in the mood to find out, then all you really have to do is to grind the raw cacao nibs into a fine powder of consistency similar to the flour you’re using and toss them in with the regular ingredients. You might want to start with just a bit of ground cacao nibs at first before working some more into your recipes as you and your family and friends acquire the taste.
Sometimes, the simple solutions are the best. In this case, eating raw cacao nibs can only be described as the ultimate indulgence for any chocolate lover. The raw cacao nibs can be popped into your mouth like any regular snack food. Those who want them to have a little more sweetness can opt to dip them in some melted milk or dark chocolate for even more cacao, or can opt for the healthier option, which is to dip or glaze them in honey before snacking on them. Whichever way you go, you won’t be disappointed.
However you choose to add and integrate cacao nibs into your diet, the one thing you can be sure of is the good health you’ll enjoy from consuming them. Aside from the anitoxidants and mood lifting substances mentioned earlier, cacao is a great source of the minerals magnesium, calcium, zinc, iron, copper, and potassium, all of which are essential for regulating important bodily functions ranging from bone growth to heart health.
The convenience, flexibility, and ease with which cacao nibs can be used serve as examples of how Hidalgo Foods’ line of superfoods are made to fit every lifestyle. By making healthy options the easier choice to make, we’ve made it possible for our customers to enjoy longer, more fulfilled, and more vigorous lives while taking care of all the hassles and stress of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
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