Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Flow Foods - Chocolatl

One way to really boost the level of antioxidants in your body is to consume raw chocolate. Raw chocolate is pure chocolate that is minimally processed and is an abundant source of beta-carotene, zinc, chromium, and magnesium. There are many raw chocolate producers in the industry and one of my favorites is Flow Foods. Flow Foods makes raw chocolate pieces, bars, and chocolate sauce.

I found their chocolates when I was shopping in Berkeley, California. They call their brand "Chocolatl" and it is one of the finest raw chocolates on the market. The chocolate pieces come in three flavors and I love all of them.

My favorite is the Goji-Maca. Made with the purest of ingredients including raw cacao, coconut sugar, raw cacao butter, raw cacao powder, maca root, goji berries, mesquite pod meal, shilajit, vanilla bean, and Himalayan salt, the mix of maca powder and goji berries will knock your socks off. You will get the richness of raw chocolate sweetened with coconut sugar with the added layer of goji berries in chocolate pieces that are just the right thickness for snacking. And, just so you know, maca root is great for increasing energy and endurance so this a great snack to eat prior to running a race!

The Cordyceps-Maca flavor was also very good as it is made with cordyceps mushrooms, maca root, and lucuma. I love that these chocolate pieces are covered in cacao nibs for extra crunchiness too. Cordyceps mushrooms have many health benefits as touted by Chinese medicine. Whoever thought you could have great chocolate with so many health benefits built in?!

There is also a Mystic Mint flavor that includes a 5-mushroom blend, maca root, and wild blue-green algae. Blue-green algae is a good source of protein, b-vitamins, and iron.

Additionally, they came out with a number of chocolate bars. The only one I had the pleasure of trying was the Illuminate Bar made with cacao, coconut crystals, and cacao butter. I found the bar to be a smoother texture and taste than the chocolate pieces. It was also very good.

They say that Chocolatl is "a delicious treat that heightens mental and physical well being with essential antioxidants, minerals, and uplifting brain chemicals." I believe that to be true as raw cacao provides five times more antioxidants that roasted chocolate.  And I love that most of the ingredients are organic as well. To buy some for yourself, you can order the chocolate pieces for $7.99 per box or the bars for $4.25 each here. Now you can have your chocolate and eat it too.

Full Disclosure: Although the products were provided to me for free to review, that in no way influenced my veracious opinion. 

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