Nibble On This: Cacao Nibs Are The Superfood You Need Right Now
Chocolate lovers rejoice! Cacao (in all forms) is the superfood of the moment and the tastiest/easiest one to incorporate into your diet. Chocolate that’s good for you?! Yes, please!
What are Cacao Nibs? They are small pieces of crushed cacao beans — or cocoa beans — that have a bitter, chocolatey flavor. They’re produced from beans derived from the Theobroma cacao tree, also known as the cocoa tree. Cocoa beans are dried after harvesting, then fermented and cracked to produce small, dark bits — or cacao nibs. These rich, chocolatey nibs are loaded with nutrients and powerful plant compounds that have been shown to benefit health in many ways.
What makes Cacao Nibs nutritious? Though small in size, cacao nibs are packed with an impressive amount of nutrients. They’re amongst the least processed cocoa products on the market and substantially lower in sugar than other chocolate products, making them a healthier alternative for chocolate lovers. They provide an impressive amount of protein, fiber, healthy fats, minerals, and plant compounds.
What are the main benefits of Cacao Nibs? This antioxidant-packed superfood may offer anti-inflammatory effects, boost your immune system, and protect against diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers.
How do you add Cacao Nibs to your diet? The options are endless. Here are some of our favorite ways:
Toss cacao nibs into your favorite smoothie.
Use them in baked goods, like muffins and bread.
Stir them into your morning oatmeal.
Mix them with nuts and dried fruit for an energy-packed snack.
Add cacao nibs to coffee drinks, like lattes and cappuccinos.
Use them in savory sauces, such as barbecue sauces and mole.
Use them in place of chocolate chips in granola recipes.
Sprinkle roasted cacao nibs on top of yogurt.
Cacao also comes in powdered form, which some may find easier to consume. Whether you prefer Cacao Nibs or Cacao Powder, get some today and start enjoying the health benefits (and satisfy your sweet tooth!)
How will you use Cacao Nibs? Let us know in the comments!