Updated: Feb 15
Happy 2021 Valentine's DAY
Pictured above is Shauna and I creating a heart around our Tahoe retreat friends-- OUR HEARTS were filled with love, connection and intention. We can't wait for our next Tahoe retreat adventure and are planning this summer in July.
Have you heard of Cacao?
(pronounced like ca-cow)
It is a potent energetic medicine that comes from beautiful trees in the tropical rainforest. Cacao ceremonies are a centuries old ritual seen as the ultimate heart opener.
Cacao is full of aphrodisiac power because it increases blood flow to the brain creating a blissful feeling. It is packed full of healthy fats, vitamins and minerals and helps the body detoxify and heal.
Make a beautiful cup of cacao tea and make it ceremonial. Light a candle and find a quiet space. Connect with it, the spirit of Cacao is so feminine, nurturing, opening and loving. It allows you to feel grounded and loved~ like you are being taken care of by the Universe.
Holding your cacao tea to your heart giving thanks and speaking your intention into your heart. Sit in silence and just savor the cacao tea feeling connected.
Perhaps journal your intentions after enjoying this warm nurturing drink. Make this a weekly ritual for yourself and enjoy the many medicinal benefits you will feel after drinking cacao.
So what is the difference between Cocoa and Cacao? The biggest difference is how it is processed with heat. Cocoa loses it nutrients because it is processed under high temperatures and Cacao is processed under low temperatures. So when you make your ceremonial cacao remember be VERY GENTLE HEATING. Please do not let the cacao boil! You will have enjoy a warm drink, not a hot drink.
Here’s what you’ll need to make one cup of delicious ceremonial cacao:
3 cups HOT water ( boil the water and then let it cool for 10 minutes) or herbal tea and infusions instead of plain water. I love using rose tea as my base. Make sure you let the water or tea cool before adding cacao.
1/2 cup raw cacao nibs
An optional sweetener: I usually 1 teaspoon of maple syrup, or honey.
Spices – a pinch of each: Himalayan salt, cayenne pepper or chili pepper, cinnamon.
Mix the ingredients with in a blender.
Strain the cacao nibs in a fine mesh strainer
Enjoy the warm cacao ceremony (See ceremony above.)
Extra cacao can be saved and warmed up the next day. Perhaps drink this instead of coffee. Gently warm up on the stove top, keeping a close eye. Be sure not to let it boil or you will lose the powerful benefits of the vitamins and minerals.
Cacao Nib Cookies (Sourced from: Jenna Barnes)
1/2 cup raw cacao nibs (from hot chocolate drink above)
2 T chia seeds
1/4 cup sugar
1 T coconut oil
Heat oven to 350 F--Mix ingredients into a dark dough, drop onto a cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Enjoy
Cacao Supercharged Smoothie
1 cup almond milk
3 T almond or nut butter
1 cup spinach or kale
1 T cacao powder
1 T flax seeds or chia seeds
1 T honey or maple syrup
Pinch of ground cinnamon
Smoothie bowl option: In a bowl, top smoothie with ¼ cup granola, 1 T shredded coconut, 1 T blueberries, and 1 tsp cacao nibs.
Cacao tree-- Really beautiful and it changes color as it grows in the Rain Forest.
Valentine's Day Fondue tradition-- I got my fondue set as a wedding gift, such a fun way to cook meat and chocolate.
My 40th Birthday sage ceremony (clearing all negative energy)~ Holistic AIM became a vision for me during my 40th celebration with my sisters and Mom. We were in Arizona hiking, drinking and having the most magical time. One of the best times ever!!