Recently I snapped a photo of some Chia Seeds on top of my amazing Protein Powder Pancakes (yes they are that good).
Now that was no coincidence- for a while now I’ve been keeping a secret the amazingness that is Cheap Super Foods.
Now there’s a few things I like,
and just food in general You know me ha.
I was contacted by the company to share in on this great thing, that is cheap superfoods. They also kindly sent me some of their chia seeds (yay considering this are overpriced in Aus!) and raw cacao powder.
Before I share my fave ways of eating chia seeds & cacao powder, here’s what the website has to say.
Raw Cacao Powder
An amazingly healthy, nutritious energy boost
Various tribal cultures, including the ancient Aztecs, are known to have used this super food as a stimulant, mood-lifter and general source of nutrition. Cacao beans were even used as currency in Central America many centuries ago.
Stacked with flavinoids, antioxidants and essential minerals including large amounts of magnesium, the rich taste of organic cacao powder can be added to a wide variety of dishes to deliver an incredibly rich flavour along with a range of health benefits.
What Makes It Super?
Raw cacao powder has four times the amount of antioxidants than goji berries, helping protect the body eradicate free radicals. Free radicals are unstable chemicals that damage cell membranes and attack healthy cells which can lead to disease and damage of the body. Raw cacao powder is so high in antioxidants it tops the ORAC chart (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity), a rating system devised by the USDA to measure levels of antioxidants in food.
Along with its high antioxidant content, cacao powder contains a massive 10% total flavinoid content. Flavinoids can have a substantial positive impact on overall heart health, and are have been shown to prevent various types of cardiovascular disease.
A natural and happy high
The presence of seratonin, dopamine, PEA & anandamide in raw cacao powder explains the high or happy feeling people associate with eating chocolate. These neurotransmitters regulate the pleasure centre in the brain, and cacao powder has enough of these pleasure-boosting chemicals to provide a noticeable increase in mood and general feelings of well-being.
and chia seeds…
Used by the Aztecs and many centuries later in central America, this gluten-free and wholegrain seed is remarkable for it’s high protein content and abundance of healthy essential fatty acids.
Raw, unprocessed and full of antioxidants
Our organic chia seeds are raw and have not been irradiated or processed, leaving their high nutritional content intact. We source only black chia seeds which offer twice the amount of antioxidants than their white cousins.
What Makes It Super?
The seeds are high in essential fatty acids and offer eight times more concentrated Omega-3 than salmon. Not naturally produced by the body, it’s important to eat foods rich in Omega-3 to enjoy a wide variety of health benefits. Omega-3 lowers cholesterol, relieves high blood pressure, helps to improve memory function, and has been shown to protect against depression.
Chia seeds contain high amounts of protein, a crucial element of any healthy diet that helps to build muscle and regenerate cells. Many vegetarians and vegans have embraced the seed as an alternative meat and dairy-free source of protein, especially given it’s complete amino acid profile. A full range of amino acids are found in its protein content, making the chia seed a better choice than many other types of plant-based protein.
Omega-3, Protein and… choc-full of essential nutrients
Chia seeds have fifteen more times the magnesium of fresh broccoli, five times more calcium than milk and three times more iron than milk. Magnesium relaxes the nervous system, aids in muscle production and, especially in combination with calcium, helps to strengthen and maintain healthy bones.
Chia seeds also contain varying amounts of potassium, zinc, phosphorus and copper. Vitamins A, B12 and C are also present providing a boost to the body’s immunity system.
So if that hasn’t convinced you that these foods are super, maybe these will- here’s my fave ways to eat them.
As I said earlier Chia Seeds on Protein Powder Pancakes…
Comfort In A Cup (and the protein version!)
And the Cacao powder would be just splendid in….
My ultimate (best) Healthified Brownie Recipe
Christmas Chocolate Truffles
So no longer is the price stopping you from purchasing exxy super foods- seriously Australia is ridiculous with their prices on health foods! Check out Cheap Super Foods Australia for other Super Food products (ooooh coconut sugar!).
- What is your favourite way to have chia seeds?
- What is your favourite cacao recipe?
I was not paid for this post, however I was sent the chia seeds and cacao for free. However, this did not affect my thoughts or opinions, and all are entirely my own.