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    Ashwagandha & Cacao Tea

    First and foremost as an athlete, I am always fully conscious of what I choose to put in my body. I am always on the lookout for the next best thing to incorporate into my healthy lifestyle. Recently, I stumbled upon adaptogens. According, to the most recent definition adaptogens are a: “new class of metabolic regulators (of a natural origin) which increase the ability of an organism to adapt to environmental factors and to avoid damage from such factors.” They are plants/herbs that have been used for thousands of years, long before tea or coffee, to promote homeostasis and balance. It is only recently that science has started looking closely…

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    Rediscover Cacao for Health & Nutrition

    Forget everything you know about cacao (chocolate). For better or worse, corporations have taught us largely everything we have come to know about chocolate. When we hear the word chocolate, what comes to mind? We often have nostalgic thoughts and images of Hershey’s chocolate and/or hot chocolate (cocoa powder). Both of these products are a relatively new creation born only recently within the last 187 years during the height of the industrialized age. The invention of the cocoa press in 1828 opened the door to new products with long stable shelf lives that could be brought to the masses. Prior to the industrialized age and throughout recorded history cacao (chocolate)…

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    Morning Ritual

    My perfect way to greet the day is with a cup of coffee. But not just any cup of coffee. Through trial and error I have learned how to create one of the most nutritious and cognitively stimulating meals.The first ingredient is coffee. It has numerous benefits, but not all coffee is created equal as I have unfortunately come to learn (disclaimer: I am a coffee snob). I will explore coffee more in-depth in a future blog. In a nutshell, look for single-origin and beans that are as close to fully washed as possible. I prefer to roast my own beans, which anyone can do with nothing more than a popcorn…

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    Cacao Tea

    CHOCOLATE TEA / COCOA TEA / CACAO TEA Cacao tea is made from the shell or husk of the cocoa bean (not the pod). The shell is a byproduct of making chocolate from cacao beans. Historically, it has been viewed as a waste product in the chocolate industry. Today it is viewed as a valuable bio-mass, especially in large cacao producing countries, such as Africa. Closer to home you can also often find it sold as cocoa mulch at nurseries. I should also mention, in the past and even today, it has been used to help cut costs by mixing it with cacao powder or even replacing it entirely.           More recently, retailers have started to market…