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Nuttin’ But Energy Raw Truffle Recipe

Ingredients

• 1 Cup Raw Organic Cacao Powder – We use The Raw Chocolate Co. 

• 1 Cup Agave Syrup – We use Groovy Food Agave Nectar

• 1/2 Cup Coconut Butter/Oil – We use Lucy Bee Coconut Oil (Melted)

• 100g Pack Elephant Superfood Nuttin’ But Energy

Method

1. Blend all mixtures together and pour into a tub or bowl.

2. Place in fridge to set for 5hours (Then you have Nutella)

3. Scoop out with teaspoon and form into small balls.

4. Roll in Cacao Powder, refrigerate and allow to set again.

5. Serve from fridge or freezer.

These little babies are a great healthy treat for everyone, they taste so good and you don’t have to feel guilty afterwards!

Raw Truffles

Cacao Nibs Great for Mind Body and Taste Buds!

Who isn’t looking for a way to enjoy chocolate but with added health benefits and fewer calories? That’s why cacao nibs were invented. Although we are still searching for a way to get rock hard abs by watching The Great British Bake off with a huge multi pack of pistachios, we want to tell everyone we know about cacao nibs and their amazing super food goodness.

Raw Cacao Nibs Find Them In Nuttin' But Energy

Wait, is it Cocoa or Cacao?

Cacao nibs are parts of the cacao bean that is usually used to make chocolate.Health Benefits of Cacao Nibs

Cocoa usually refers to the roasted end product, and cacao refers to the bean that comes from the cacao tree. Most people use them interchangeably!

Cacao nibs are roasted, separated from their husks and broken into smaller pieces. This isn’t the same as hot cocoa your grandma has before bed either….Cacao in it’s unrefined, raw form has a nutty, strong flavour with a nod in the taste buds to it’s almost-as-healthy cousin, 70% plus dark chocolate. If you haven’t tried cacao nibs yet – where have you been? Here are some of the biggest health benefits of these little Superfoods.   

Great for the mind

We all know the jokes about chocolate and mood “today’s mood = must have chocolate!” and some of us (at least in the office) know how hard it is to quit chocolate completely. Whilst chocolate has antioxidant benefits, the sugar and fat added make it a harder to justify as a healthy choice!

Cacao nibs on the other hand give you the same benefits as some good quality dark chocolate, without any of the extra calories. The phenylethylamine content and effect on the neurotransmitters in the brain after consuming a phenylethylamine high food are known to mimic euphoria and a state of alertness. Anandamide is a lipid compound in the structure of cacao nib, which has a shared active ingredient with marijuana making it 100% legal, but 100% feel good too.

Great for the body

You know how great antioxidants are? Well cacao nibs have them in spades. Because of the raw value of the beans, all the benefits of the free radical absorption is passed direct to you.

DNA damage, premature ageing and even cancers can all be slowed by consumption of antioxidants and when it comes to getting antioxidants into your body, your leafy greens are a great bet, or certain teas.  However, cacao beans, because they are eaten raw and have a less refined state are an excellent source of free radical fighting properties but are also delicious! You may not know that cacao nibs are also rich in flavonoids, another free radical fighting ingredient. Flavanoid rich foods are key in fighting cardiovascular issues with studies showing that under 10g of cacao powder can cause ‘significant’ reductions in artery vasodilation – so get stuck in!

Great for your diet

As well as the long-term health benefits of cacao nibs with their antioxidant properties mentioned, there are also instant benefits. The fibre in a single ounce serving of cacao nibs is nearly 10 grams. Fibre is crucial for a healthy gut and blood pressure level. As well as letting everything run smoothly down below, fibre is also proven to control blood pressure. The alkaline minerals like magnesium and potassium in the cacao nibs can also work towards a better blood pressure level, as well as providing additional benefits such as improved muscle function and a reduced chance digestive disorders or a stroke. Cacao nibs are wheat-free, do not naturally contain gluten and are also suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Great for the chef in you

The flavour is often described as slightly nutty with a chocolate ‘background’ flavour. If you’ve ever enjoyed a Snickers bar you’ll know that this flavour is rather enjoyable! There are plenty of recipes for cacao nibs around, all because they are healthy, but can make healthier cleaner dietary choices easier – if you’ve yet to embrace kale or spirulina, a cacao nib is the ideal ‘gateway’’ to a cleaner diet!

Take a look at our devine Nuttin’ But Energy Raw Truffle Recipe, or simply fold them into ice Click here for our devine Nuttin’ But Energy Raw Truffle Recipecream, devour them on pancakes, add them to your granola or blend into a morning smoothie (we rate a banana, almond milk, cacao and date blend for the perfect ‘this should be desert’ breakfast.  The possibilities are endless!

If you would like to see a recipe, or know more about the benefits of cacao nibs, why not ask us on Facebook or Twitter?

We’d be happy to share some nib knowledge with you!

The Secret Superfood: Bee Pollen

Have you heard of bee pollen yet? 

Created by flowers, bee pollen is the diet of any respectable young bee, and with a protein count of 25% per serving, it’s surely no wonder that bees have the energy to bumble from picnic to picnic.

But what about using Bee Pollen in your own diet – what are the benefits?

Here at Elephant Superfood we are always looking for new exciting ways to invigorate our diets, and bee pollen has been the latest ‘buzz’ word in the office. So why is it so great?

Get your daily dose of Bee Pollen Power in our Brilliant Berry Boost!

Naturally Great For Your Body

With 22 amino acids, 18 vitamins, 25 minerals, 59 trace elements, 11 enzymes as well as added carotenes and B complex vitamins, we are in no doubt that even from a glance, this superfood is incredibly powerful for healing and helping your body. But what do the studies show?

Bee pollen has been subjected to a huge range of clinical studies that show it can do all sorts of wonder work. It can regulate the intestinal functions and it can naturally inhibit the development of harmful bacteria – even salmonella. When tested with animals, it has shown that eating the pollen even goes as far as helping increase white and red blood cells, an indication it can help with anaemia. Whilst many of the proposed benefits are still in clinical trial stage, (including work on serious illnesses) the bottom line is that as a natural product, Bee Pollen is an excellent alternative medicine to use.

Great for your Diet

As well as been reported to help regulate cholesterol levels in the blood and dropping triglyceride levels, bee pollen has also been shown to speed up the rate of calorie burn! A great calorie burning body needs a metabolic system that is on fire, and bee pollen can help with this. Whilst it doesn’t mean you can skip the gym and tuck into a pack of Elephant Superfood Snacks – See the full range!, every little helps! It’s also low in calories with 2 tablespoons amounting to under 100 calories, and the phenylalanine content makes it one of nature’s appetite suppressants. Plus with just under a quarter of its content made from lecithin, a substance that is known to help flush fat from the body, it’s no wonder that bee pollen is so popular with people who are looking to get a little leaner, without resorting to strange chemicals.

If you’re also training for a body beautiful as well as eating clean, you could also benefit from adding in some bee pollen! Olympic level coaches and athletic clubs have been using bee pollen for years, all with impressive reports of improved strength and capabilities on the track after using bee pollen supplements – so have a spoonful – you never know, you could be the next Usain Bolt in waiting!Top athletes use bee pollen

Perfect for Your Skin

Everybody wants glowing skin that’s lit from within, and bee pollen can also be used not only orally, but it can be added to lotions for an instant hydrating effect.  Whilst there are many hive products on the beauty market, bee pollen in particular has been noted for its effect on dry skin tissue and acne. Because of the nucleic acids RNA and DNA in the pollen at a very high concentration, as well as the antibiotic properties, it can be very beneficial in the fight against slow skin cell turnover and prevent bacteria from spreading. The real key principle of bee pollen is that it is nutrient dense, and nutrient provision is where you will get real results fromVictoria Beckham loves the benefits of bee pollen your skincare. With Victoria Beckham a fan of the benefits, Bee pollen is a hot superfood right now – are you going to try it out?

Are you interested in the superfood benefits of bee pollen? We’ve summarised just a little bit about what we know from this marvellous superfood, but we would love to tell you more about the buzz around bee pollen and the other superfoods we use in our snack mixes so why not connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Booths Supermarket Sampling Safari

Elephant Food goes on a Booths Sampling SafariYes, Elephant Food sampling could be coming to a Booth’s near you! Block out your calendar on the week commencing 3rd August and you can join us on our travels;

  • Monday 3rd August – Kendal
  • Tuesday 4th August – Ripon
  • Wednesday 5th August – Ilkley
  • Thursday 6th August – Garstang
  • Friday 7th August – Lytham
  • Saturday 8th August – Media City Manchester
  • Sunday 9th August – Hale Barns Manchester
  • Monday 10th August – Knutsford

Fathers Day Berry Boost Cake

It’s nearly Fathers Day!

We have created a Deeeeelish Nutty Berry Cake for you to make for your Dad this weekend!

Ingredients:
2 cups blueberries
1 cup  blackberries
1 cup strawberries, hulled and quartered
4 tablespoons Elephant Superfood Brilliant Berry Boost
2.5 tablespoons orange juice (or lime/lemon juice)
2 teaspoons orange zest or any citrus zest
2 tablespoons corn starch/corn flour or arrowroot powder
4 tablespoons brown sugar

Topping/Crisp:
3/4 cup Elephant Superfood Brilliant Berry Boost
1/2 cup oats
1/3 cup  almonds/walnut/any nuts, sliced/chopped
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon all spice
1.5 tablespoon brown sugar
a pinch of  salt
4 tablespoons cold butter

Preparation:
Preheat oven to 350 degree F.

Combine the berries and Elephant Superfood Brilliant Berry Boost in a bowl.  Combine the zest, the lime/orange/lemon  juice, and brown sugar and stir to combine. Add the corn starch/corn flour and add  into fruit/berry/Elephant Superfood Brilliant Berry Boost, mixing them well. Let stand while you make topping.

Combine the almond flour, oats, Brilliant Berry Boost, cinnamon, all spice, and salt into a bowl. Slice cold butter into small pieces and with your fingers/or knife, work butter into the mixture until it is entirely incorporated. It will be partly crumbly partly pasty mix.

Divide the fruit between 8 ramekins or bake in a single baking dish. Cover fruit berry mix with the prepared crisp (divide it in equal portions if baking in individual ramekins). Place the baking dish or the ramekins on a larger oven safe tray to hold the bubbly drips; bake in the pre-heated oven until  golden brown on top and juices of the fruit begin to bubble and drip – about 40 minutes. (bake it a bit longer, lowering the oven temperature, if you want the topping really crisp to bite at).

Serve warm with whipped cream, or vanilla ice cream or just by itself. Enjoy Dads!

Brilliant Berry Boost

5 Reasons To Fall In Love With Coconut’s

If you’re yet to be won over by the coconut craze that has blown up in the last few years, let us convince you by highlighting just a few of the wonders of this magical – and delicious – fruit. They don’t call it a superfood for nothing, you know…

Coconuts can actually help you lose weight

After years of an unjustified bad reputation, coconut has finally been able to shake off this image and nudge its way firmly back into our good books.  Previously, the high saturated fat content sent people running, but after more studies and research into came to light, it seems that not all saturated fats can be measured equally. And when it comes to coconut, the unique medium chain triglycerides (fatty acids) found within can actually help us shift the pounds. Being processed in a different way to the usual long chain fatty acids, MCTs provide a quick source of energy, and increase your energy levels for longer in comparison to the same calorie intake from other foods.  Eating coconuts regularly can even help keep hunger at bay, with studies demonstrating that men and women who consumed coconut ended up eating fewer calories that day. Hurrah!

It gives you soft, smooth and soothed skin

If you haven’t got the time or energy (or money!) to scan shelves and read endless packaging to find the perfect product to solve each of your skincare woes, rely on the beauty powers of coconut instead.  Not only does it fight against bacteria, fungi and viruses, but has the ability to intensely hydrate skin thanks to its excellent moisture retention properties. When applied topically and consumed orally, you can see the full benefits radiate through with hydrated, smooth and soft skin.  Coconut oil even works effectively as a massage oil, make-up remover and sunscreen. Multi-purpose, much?

It makes for an excellent brain food

Coconut is a pretty well rounded source of nutrition, so as well as helping you look fabulous, of course it’s going help your brain health, too. As well as helping general daily brain function, studies have hinted towards coconut being able to help manage disease like Alzheimer’s and disorders such as epilepsy. In the body, the all-important MCT within coconuts gets transformed into ketones bodies, which evidence has shown can dramatically reduce the risk of seizures. They also supply energy to the brain, which seemingly helps when it comes to Alzheimer’s as it appears there is a lack of ability to use glucose energy in the brain.

Coconut leaves you with hair to rival Rapunzel

Like with your skin, the hydrating properties of coconuts can transform your hair, locking in moisture and injecting lustre and life.  And as well as glossy locks, it actually works to promote growth, repair and nourish by reducing the loss of proteins in hair which leaves it brittle, weak and dull – not a good look! Oh, and it will leave your hair and scalp smelling divine, too.

Oh and… It’s delicious! 

As if the brains and beauty wasn’t enough to convince you, then how about purely the fact that it’s delicious? Whether you eat the ‘meat’, drink the milk/water, or cook with the oil, it makes for a much for tastier way to up your 5 day than with sprouts, right?

Find delicious and nutritious coconut in our Coco Chomp Charge and Brilliant Berry Boost Mixes! 

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Jameela Jamil launches Free From Range at Holland & Barrett for Allergy Awareness Week

It’s allergy awareness week and TV and radio beauty Jameela Jamil wants people to understand how difficult life can be for people who suffer from coeliac disease.

Jameela is the ambassador for Holland & Barrett Free From food range!! Read Jameela’s story here…

Our Elephant Superfood is Gluten Free & Suitable for Vegetarians! Find us in the Free From Range at Holland & Barrett!

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