Hello Family! So each individual block or grounded bag of your SNEHA Cacao from Nana Marina contains 454 grams or 1 lb of cacao.
The following is what Nana Marina Cruz typically recommends:
The recommended individual ceremonial serving is 40-45 grams (approx. 3 tablespoons) of cacao for every 3/4 cup of hot water.
For larger groups, the entire block/bag mixed with 8 cups of hot water will serve approximately 12 people.
The recommended individual meditation serving is 20-25 grams (approx. 1 1/2 tablespoons) of cacao for every 1/2 cup of hot water.
For larger groups, the entire block/bag mixed with 10 cups of hot water will serve approximately 20 people.
Preparing Your Cacao:
Bring the water close to a boil and then mix in the cacao (do not boil the cacao). It can be blended or whisked for a creamier texture, remember to set an intention as you prepare it as the aroma is part of your offering.
*The are no additives or emulsifiers in our cacao as it is 100% pure which means that some natural fats from the plant might separate from the solids and create a thin oily layer or white crumbles as it cools. This is perfectly normal and does not affect the taste of your drink, simply reheat for consumption.
🌱And as Nana shared, let's remember that its not about how much we consume or how much our body physically feels the effects but rather what are we offering the plant in our prayer, in our intention. As we deepen our relationship with the spirit of the plant, we may need to consume less to connect.
Important Cacao and Health Information
Cacao will naturally raise your heart rate slightly. Please consume accordingly and mindfully.
Epidemiological studies suggest that cacao reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Flavanols found in cocoa have shown to support blood pressure reduction.
If you are currently taking SSRI antidepressants and/or anti-psychotics, they might not be compatible with the MAOI's (Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors) in cacao. Depending on the dosage, consuming cacao might be ok, as always, if you're taking these types of meds please consult with your doctor.
-Pregnant and nursing women:
In Guatemala, mothers will drink cacao during pregnancy and certainly during lactation. It is is regularly utilized due to its numerous health benefits.
Raw cacao contains both serotonin and tryptophan which have positive effects on our mood. Blood flow to the brain is also increased amplifying brain power.
The caffeine content of cacao varies widely amongst cacao plants and processing, this cacao has shown a very low, to no-caffeine feel.
In moderation and of course smaller doses based on their weight is recommended for children.
Cacao should NOT be consumed by your pets as it can be deadly. Please keep out of reach from your beloved animals.
I hope this supports you and as always thank you for your support! You may purchase your cacao from Nana Marina at https://snehasacred.com/store ♥️