Saturday, 2 February 2013

Chia, Maca and Cacao - more Mayan superfoods!

Cacao beans
Those ancient Mayans knew a thing or two about nutrition! Today I'll be showing you one of my favourite recipes that encompasses several of the Mayan "super foods" - cacao, maca, and chia seeds.     
You have probably heard of cacao, which is the bean that chocolate comes from. In its raw form as cacao, it is full of antioxidants and is one of the best food sources of magnesium known. Magnesium helps to relax muscles, reduce stress and regulate the heart beat. It is estimated that as many as 80% of the population are deficient in magnesium. No wonder people turn to chocolate to lift their mood!  

Maca is the root of a Peruvian plant that is noted for its energy and health giving properties.  

Chia seeds are little powerhouses of nutrition that were considered almost magical by the Mayans. In fact, the name chia is the Mayan word for strength

My Mayan Bliss Balls require no cooking, are easy to digest and make a super healthy, energy boosting snack at any time of the day. They are also gluten free and low in sugar! 

...Did I mention that they taste sensational too :) 

Click here to download the recipe

More Facts about Chia Seeds... 

Chia seeds have high amounts of omega 3 fatty acids, protein, antioxidants, minerals and vitamin B. They also have the benefit of being gluten free and very easy to digest. They are ideal for diabetics as they help to stabilise the blood sugar

Chia seeds contain the minerals calcium and boron for strong bones - in fact a tablespoon of chia seeds contains as much calcium as two glasses of milk. (I don't drink milk as I find it too mucus forming, but I get plenty of calcium from other sources!)

Chia seeds are also ideal for ensuring a healthy digestive system. Each seed is coated with soluble and insoluble fibre, to keep food moving smoothly through the digestive tract. The soluble fibre forms a gel coating which keeps the colon hydrated and prevents constipation. 

Chia seeds also have a great shelf life and can be stored for up to 4 years, making them an ideal emergency food! 


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