Antioxidant-packed Berry Smoothie feat. Raw Cacao Powder

cacao powder smoothie

Serves 1

8 oz nondairy chocolate milk ( I prefer almond milk usually)
1-2 handfuls of baby spinach (the amount depends on your taste buds)
1/8 teaspoon ground turmeric (or 1/4 teaspoon if you don’t mind the taste)
2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds
4 oz, by weight, frozen mixed berries
Protein powder (1 scoop, optional, if you’re looking for protein)
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Our New Product Line: Cacao—Inside & Out

Soon, we will begin to release our cacao-based skincare products.

Our skincare products will harness the cacao bean’s power.  The cacao bean contains more antioxidants than red wine, green tea, and blueberries, and has tremendous minerals and nutrients.  Why not use the cacao bean’s beneficial properties for the skin?  For instance, cocoa butter, which is extracted from the cacao bean and has the rich aroma of chocolate, is a wholesome, natural butter that can be used to heal and moisturize skin.

Cocoa butter

Cocoa butter


Our skincare products will use all natural ingredients, when possible, and will be made in small batches, yielding the freshest product for your skin.

While we love eating chocolate and working components of the cacao bean into recipes, we know that the power of the cacao bean goes further than food and making us feel happy—it can help us put our best skin forward.

Stay tuned for more.


My Journey Through Southern Belize: The Less-Explored Toledo District (Part 3)

My earlier posts (Part 1 & Part 2) about Belize have been about cacao, but I want to share the stunning landscape and culture of southern Belize that I experienced.

I stayed in the southernmost district, which is also the least visited, in Belize—the Toledo District—for a week where a majority of the population is Mayan.  Toledo is apparently the least developed district in Belize, and perhaps as a result, still has many breathtaking natural sights.

Once I flew into Belize City’s international airport, I boarded a puddle jumper to fly two hundred miles south to Punta Gorda, the capital of the Toledo District, or “P.G.” as it’s known to locals.

Belize City is at the top of the map (arrow at top) and Punta Gorda is in the south (arrow at bottom of map)

Belize City is at the top of the map (arrow at top) and Punta Gorda is in the south (arrow at bottom of map).  Click on the map for a larger version.


After arriving in P.G., I was driven fifteen miles to the lodge where I’d be staying.  This short trip took about forty-five minutes because some of that drive is on a paved road but some of it isn’t.

On the way to the lodge

On the way to the lodge


The further you get from P.G. and head west, the less developed the district is and the more natural beauty you see, including green rain forests in the distance.  There are also Mayan villages scattered along the way to the lodge.

I stayed at Cotton Tree Lodge, an eco-lodge, which sits on the Moho River and in the jungle.  I fell asleep each night to the sound of crickets; occasionally was awakened in the middle of the night by troops of competing howler monkeys, which emit sounds you’d expect from a T-Rex; and awoke each morning to chirping birds and the sun rays slowly flooding my room.  I highly recommend staying at Cotton Tree.

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