Chia vs. Cacao

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Laura C.
Joined: 7/10/2012

David Wolfe's favorite superfood is cacao, but I love chia for it's versatility! In blasts, pudding, or as a Homer Simpson head, it's pretty impressive. What does everyone prefer??

Cacao!I like the chocolately flavor it brings to my blasts...
I'd have to say Raw Cacao... While chia is awesome for its protein and omega-3s, I'm not a big fan of the chia pudding texture and it just doesn't taste as good as chocolate (but the Homer Simpson argument is a tough one!). Interestingly enough I have never been a huge chocolate fan - until I discovered raw cacao. I love that it tastes pure and is good for me without all the added sugar and dairy! If only there was such a thing as cacao covered chia :)
Everyone loves cacao, but I'm sticking up for the underdog. :)
Lucuma powderI really like cacao as well. As a manner of fact, if you place many greens together with cacao, lucuma provides a refreshingly crisp boost to any Blast. There's something new everyday so you don't get tired of being healthy!
I use both chia and flax seed. My only complaint with chia is that it gets caught in my teeth! Some people may have sensitivities or allergies to chia more so than flax. Wally
I love my cacao, but chia is my current favorite. It makes my 'blasts very thick and filling which keeps me full for hours.
Hmmm cacao covered chia....now that is an interesting combo! I'd definitely go for that!
I love cacao. I love using it when I make a protein shake. It chops them up into little crispy bits of yumminess! :) -Scott
Chia seeds are so versatile. I usually soak my seeds to create a gel that can be used in so many countless ways. A simple favorite (if you like tapioca) is take a tablespoon or two of the chia gel, sweetening it with dark agave nectar and then pour raw (organic) coconut milk over the top until you reach your desired consistency. A yummy little pudding that is fast and easy that satisfies your sweet tooth while controlling blood sugar and delivering essential plant-based omega 3's. The Chia gel also makes for a much quicker, smoother Nutriblast.
Wow, this sounds great iZenny!
cocoa powder vs. cacao powder? Can these be used interchangeably in the nutriblast recipes?
They can, however note that they are not the same. Cacao is usually in its raw form which leaves enzymes and nutrients intact. Cacao is slightly more bitter than cocoa since cocoa usually includes other ingredients such as sugar to sweeten it up. In addition, cocoa is usually heated during processing which denatures some of the enzymes and reduces the effectiveness of its antioxidant properties.
I actually use both, but normally I use raw sprouted chia seeds. I sprinkle it on my pasta sauce and I don't get that blood sugar spike. I have tried eating pasta without and I do notice a difference. I was craving pancakes and had a "box" mix and threw some chia in there. My son asked what the flecks were and I said whole wheat. It didn't affect the tast and it didn't make the pancakes gritty either. Anyone have any other recipes?
I actually use both, but normally I use raw sprouted chia seeds. I sprinkle it on my pasta sauce and I don't get that blood sugar spike. I have tried eating pasta without and I do notice a difference. I was craving pancakes and had a "box" mix and threw some chia in there. My son asked what the flecks were and I said whole wheat. It didn't affect the tast and it didn't make the pancakes gritty either. Anyone have any other recipes?
I put both in my blast! Is that wrong to put two boost of any kind in a blast? I do it a lot.
It's YOUR Blast...you can do what you want :) That is just fine to put more than one boost.
Cocoa and Cacao are the same thing, if the Cocoa is unprocessed. http://vegetarian.about.com/od/beverage1/a/Difference-Between-Cocoa-And-Cacao.htm http://www.hersheys.com/pure-products/details.aspx?id=4809&name=HERSHEYS+Cocoa+Natural+Unsweetened