Healthy tips by Jewelry Maker Araceli Silva, fueling creativity with food.
Sacred plants… Getting ready to peal 4 pounds of Raw Cacao straight from the Rainforest of Misahualli-Shiripuno , Ecuador. If you have never tried Cacao fruit, it has the texture of a fresh young coconut with the sweetness of a honeydew melon-divine. The beautiful Cacao pod is opened, the fruit shared and the seeds saved for drying. I bought these from Leopoldo Rivadeneyra's Mama, she dries them and sells them in town. To preserve their Raw sacred offerings-they are soaked and ready for peeling. Roasting just a few to smell their aroma. Pachamama how do you know to be so beautiful~ Thank you.
I brought these from the Rainforest
Charged and ready to make Xocolatl
The Feathered Serpent Quetzalcoatl, of the Aztecs, was one of the first deities of peace. Within Quetzalcoatl’s mythology is the myth that he flew the sacred cacao tree from paradise to give to the humans. Not only was Quetzalcoatl a peaceful god, he was also the god of wisdom and power. The Aztecs believed that chocolate was a food imbued with the knowledge of Quetzalcoatl. Chocolate also played a special role in both Maya and Aztec royal and religious events. Priests presented cacao seeds as offerings to the gods and served chocolate drinks during sacred ceremonies.http://mexihkayotl.blogspot.com/2010/01/xocolatl-azteca.html
XOCOLATL ala Xely :)
8.oz of raw cacao beans
I TBSP of coconut oil
6 TBSP of raw almond butter or peanut butter
6 TBSP of Maple syrup- or your choice of sweetner
1/8 tsp of salt( sea salt) not over filled
1/4 tsp of cinnamon
a pinch of cayenne
a pinch of L-O-V-E a big one ♥
****Option: add TBSP of Maca to the recipe and roll in Raw hemp seeds
This is a very potent recipe, it will alter your state of mind and energy to higher frequencies. For a more milder effect mix in a cup of Raw Almond meal.
The major health benefits of including raw organic maca powder in your diet regularly are the following:
7 Health Benefits of Maca
Maca increases muscular strength. Historically, Incan warriors used the root regularly to boost their strength and prowess in battle. In essence, it acts like an anabolic muscle enhancer.
Peruvian Maca both increases libido as and acts as an aphrodisiac. As a result, both fertility and sexual desire are improved after consuming this organic super food Maca.
Peruvian Maca helps the body to regulate hormonal processes. It can be used to treat hormonal dysfunctions caused by menopause in women and andropause in men.
Maca root works as an excellent memory enhancer. Scientific studies shows that it increases the neural activity in the brain.
Peruvian Maca helps increase blood circulation in your body. Any condition of anemia is reduced and any wounds in your body heal faster after consuming Maca regularly. Also due to improved circulation, your skin gets a glowing healthy look.
As an adaptogen, maca helps to regulate and stabilize the various systems in your body such as the lymph system, the circulatory system, the hormonal system, the musculature system etc. Maca goes wherever your body needs the most help.
Bonus: because of it’s ability to stabilize hormones, maca is can also support emotional healing. People have reported success in using maca to get rid of long standing emotional issues such as anger, depression and powerlessness. In our experience, used in conjunction with craniosacral therapy maca can be especially powerful.
Chocolate Facts & Phenylethylamine (PEA)
PEA is a chemical in cacao that increases the activity of neurotransmitters (brain chemicals) in parts of the brain that control our ability to pay attention and stay alert. Elevated PEA levels occur when we are captivated by a good book, movie, or project; this happens specifically during those moments when we are so focused that we lose all track of time, food, and the outside world. PEA is noticeably abundant in the brains of happy people.
Anandamide (The Bliss Chemical)
A neurotransmitter called anandamide (n-arachidonoylethanolamin
e), has been isolated in cacao in quantities significant enough to affect the brain. Anandamide is a cannabinoid naturally found in the human brain. Anandamide is a lipid (fat) known as "the bliss chemical" because it is released while we are feeling great.
These rare MAO inhibitors actually produce favorable results when consumed by allowing more serotonin and other neurotransmitters such as anandamide, dopamine, etc. to circulate in the brain. According to Dr. Gabriel Cousens, MAO inhibitors facilitate youthening and rejuvenation.
MAO inhibitors may make one younger as they allow more neurotransmitters to remain in the bloodstream. A primary phenomenon that separates children from adults is the level of neurotransmitters in the blood and bodies of children. Generally, as one remains on the planet longer and longer, the level of neurotransmitters decreases. This creates physical rigidity, less creativity, less joy, and more aging! Cacao, being an MAO inhibitor, keeps plenty of neurotransmitters in circulation and thus stops this phenomenon from ever occurring.
Chocolate the Aphrodisiac
As with all languages, the peoples of pre-Columbian Central America often spoke in metaphors composed of words or phrases which, when uttered in sequence, had a hidden meaning. One of these metaphors was yollotl, eztli, "heart, blood," which referred to cacao. Chocolate truly is food for the heart - it is the heart's "blood," due to its magnesium, antioxidants, love chemicals and esoteric properties. Chocolate, as we know it, is known for its sensual love vibration. Chocolate is the symbol of sensuality, pleasure, and sexuality. Some writers have claimed that 50% of women prefer chocolate to sex!
We have often heard that "chocolate opens the heart" - which is actually true. Chocolate is the gift to all lovers. Chocolates are always given as love offerings. A box of chocolates is one of the most common gifts for Valentine's Day.
Cacao is also a great source of serotonin, dopamine, and phenylethylamine, three well-studied neurotransmitters, which help alleviate depression and are associated with feelings of well being. Cacao contains monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAO Inhibitors) that improve our mood because they allow serotonin and dopamine to remain in the bloodstream longer without being broken down. Cacao contains anandamide which delivers blissful feelings. Cacao also contains B vitamins, which are associated with brain health. All this makes cacao a natural Prozac!
You may find these in any multi-cultural mercado/market. Echo Park Guadalupe Market has them for under 3 frog skins or buy organic at any health food store, more likely they will already be peeled and in nibs-in which case skip step 1-3.
Step 1: make sure to move them around the whole minute to not burn them. Turn comal off and let them cool down-keep moving them around. Option 2 (RAW): soak them for ten minutes, drain and peel. I peeled 12 oz in 3 hours-I enjoy this process. You may also buy them pealed at a health food store.
Step 2: peal the beans by massaging the skin-be gentle so it doesn't fall apart-if it does no worries just sift through after and pick out the precious nibs. If you come across some stubborn ones place them in some water and continue then come back to them after and peal.
Step 3: crush beans into either a fine powder or as I like 1/2 n 1/2. Powder and nibs to chew on (helps keep teeth shiny). You may use a coffee grinder if you don't have a molcajete-my mama gave it to me and my comal. Hint: Food processor works too.
Step 4:MIX wet ingredients in one bowl and dry ingredients in separate bowl then mix together with a wooden spoon.
optional: you may add mo-agave or extracts to flavor your xocolatl, or anything else to enhance the experience ;)
***also you may want to save some for hot coco, or your mole at this stage.
Taste to see what you might want to add to enhance the flavor like extracts-optional :)
This is the consistency that lends itself to be balled up. Ball-m up
Step 6: Optional roll your little xocolatl ball in crushed raw cashew nuts, Raw Brazilian Nuts, Raw Hemp seeds, dried coconut, chia seeds, goji berries <3 so good!!!
Step 7: If you haven't eaten them all yet put them in the fridge for as long as you can stand to solidify and give them a bite into texture.
MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM XOXCOLATL my favorite DIY