We begin the Healthy Foodie World Tour Adventure which will cover amazing and healthy foods from around the world! I know I got a little carried away with the title however I get excited when talking about food!
We will begin our Healthy Foodie World Tour Adventure in Mexico! Starting with almost everyones favorite sweet treat, CHOCOLATE!!!
However this type of Chocolate that I will be covering comes from Mexico and it is packed with other delicious surprises!
The Mayans drank Chocolate, Lasse Hallström made a film about Chocolate and the rest of us get over the guilt of eating too much of Chocolate by eating more of it.
The story of the humble Cacao Bean is a bona fide out-of-the-jungle, into-civilization tale of culinary wonder.
Without this creamy, bittersweet confection, Valentine’s Day would be all cards and flowers. Easter would turn back into another dull religious event and gifting others through out the year would not be as sweet!
The original Mexican Chocolate was actually rather sour and intense, however this sour and intense Chocolate was highly prized.
Typical modern day Mexican chocolate is made with roasted and ground cacao nibs, sugar, and cinnamon. Other spices such as nutmeg and allspice may be added, along with nuts, and chilies are sometimes used as well.
Mexican chocolate tends to be rather granular in texture, with a creamy finish from the cocoa butter. The natural sweetness from the sugar makes the addition of extra sweetener unnecessary.
Dark chocolate is loaded with nutrients that can positively affect your health. Made from the seed of the Cacao tree, it is one of the best sources of antioxidants on the planet.
Studies show that Dark Chocolate (not the dark chocolate loaded with processed sugar) can improve health and lower the risk of heart disease.
With the addition of Cinnamon, One tablespoon of ground cinnamon contains: 19 Calories, 0 grams of fat, sugar, or protein, 4 grams of fiber, 68% manganese, 8% calcium, 4% iron, 3% Vitamin K
A little bit of cinnamon goes a long way! Cinnamon has antioxidant abilities that make it especially beneficial to include in your diet.
As little as 1/2 of one teaspoon of cinnamon daily can have positive effects on blood sugar levels, digestion, immunity, and more.
Next time we will continue our Healthy Foodie World Tour Adventure in Mexico!
Thank you for Reading!
Neil Saint Angeland