Kate Bielefeld is a personal trainer certified by the American Council on Exercise. She is an ICF certified coach practitioner by the Certified Coaches Alliance and the Approved Coaching Specific Training Hours program. She has a bachelor of science degree in exercise science and is a successful weight loss and behavior change coach. This powerlifting, coffee-chugging, mom of five has an expert knack for unlocking the untapped potential of the women she coaches. She’s helped hundreds of women reach their health and fitness goals so that they can live healthier, happier, and more fulfilled lives.

Cacao Powder: 3 Reasons Why You Need to Eat Chocolate

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Learn About The Health And Nutrition Benefits of Cacao Powder

Chocolate — cacao powder — has been around for a really long time. And for the women that lived before chocolate, what did they turn to when hormones surged each month?

Wheatgrass? Those poor women.

But I digress, chocolate is here for us now and it is amazing. Ask any woman and she knows what chocolate is and what it can do for a bad day. 

And if you’re thinking it’s all in our heads. Read on, haters.

Science has our backs on this one! Chocolate IS good for you.

What you might not know, however, is that there is a difference between raw cacao powder and cocoa powder.

And if you don’t know the difference between the two, stay tuned. I’ll explain the difference to you. 

Plus, I’ll show you how you can turn a few easy ingredients into your new night time mug of happiness. Any time of the month! 

What Is Cacao Powder

First, what is cacao powder? Simply stated, it is the purest form of chocolate. It comes from the Theobroma (Latin name) tree. Theobroma translates to “food of the gods.”

It’s rich in fiber, an excellent source of minerals, high in antioxidants, and increases endorphins.

See, ladies, our bodies are smart each month when we crave chocolate. What we really crave is a better mood and fewer hormonal outbursts! Enter cacao, the great mood stabilizer.

Studies also show cacao reduces blood pressure and improves insulin resistance. 

Cacao powder is basically a total superfood!

So what is the difference between raw cacao powder to cocoa powder? Most notably, cocoa powder has been roasted. When heat is applied to raw cacao beans you lose a lot of its nutritional value. But probably a more important thing to remember is that cocoa powder is often paired with sugar to make many of the processed commercial chocolate products we purchase.

Cacao Powder Health Benefits

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Benefit #1 

Chocolate before bed!
Since cacao contains high levels of magnesium, which can be great for helping us relax, it makes a great before-bed indulgence to help calm the body.

Benefit #2 

Clean energy for all!
Cacao powder is high in healthy fat. It’s essentially a pure fat that maintains our energy levels, stabilizes our blood sugars, and extends satiety.

Benefit #3

Increase levels of endorphins

Cacao powder contains alkaloids that interact with our neurotransmitters in our brains and help us feel good. So it’s not a myth that eating chocolate will make you feel better. It’s proven by science. Your welcome, lady. Eat that chocolate with confidence! 

Nighttime Cacao Cocoa

Let’s be honest. By the end of the day, the last thing we want to do is spend any more time in the kitchen. We want a quick nightcap before we sink into bed. Right?

Luckily, you’re a LadyBoss. You’re prepared with these 3 simple ingredients so  you can transform your evenings in just 90 seconds (the time it takes the average microwave to heat 8 ounces of almond milk. Just don’t forget to take out the spoon!)

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cacao coco recipe

LadyBoss Bedtime (or anytime) Cacao Cocoa

You’ll need: 

8 ounces of almond milk

2 tablespoons of raw organic cacao powder

1 scoop LadyBoss® LEAN

Directions:

In a microwave-safe mug (not one with the gold rim, trust me on this and the spoon thing. I’ve blown microwaves a time or two!) warm up the 8 ounces of almond milk for 90 seconds in the microwave. Then whisk in the cacao powder and LEAN. Enjoy immediately!

A True Best Friend

Cacao powder is a girl’s best friend. With so many health benefits that come from consuming cacao powder, it’s safe to say we can stop feeling guilty about eating chocolate. 

So who is with me ladies? Let’s be done waiting for “that time of the month” for an excuse to have some chocolate. Let’s ride this train together and have chocolate every day!

Coach Kate, BS, ACE, ACSTH

Kate Bielefeld is a personal trainer certified by the American Council on Exercise. She is an ICF certified coach practitioner by the Certified Coaches Alliance and the Approved Coaching Specific Training Hours program. She has a bachelor of science degree in exercise science and is a successful weight loss and behavior change coach. This powerlifting, coffee-chugging, mom of five has an expert knack for unlocking the untapped potential of the women she coaches. She’s helped hundreds of women reach their health and fitness goals so that they can live healthier, happier, and more fulfilled lives.
Coach Kate, BS, ACE, ACSTH