What are Cacao nibs

You might not have heard about cacao nibs before, but they are trending in the stores right now because they are very healthy superfood. ‘Nibs’ are essentially the smaller broken up fragments of whole cacao beans (which are typically roasted, ground into cocoa, and used to make dark chocolate).  The nibs can be purchased raw or roasted, although the raw version is thought to be more healthy.

Studies have shown cacao beans and nibs to have a higher level of antioxidant flavonoids than blueberries, red wine and green tea, and have also linked regular consumption to cardiovascular benefits, blood flow, and decreased blood pressure. Cacao is rich with fiber, iron, magnesium, and other nutrients, and has also been shown to be a mood booster and an appetite suppressant. Certain studies have linked a decrease in overall mortality to regular consumption of raw cacao.

Since they are quite bitter when eaten alone, you can incorporate these crunchy cacao nibs into your smoothies, cereal, yogurt, cakes or cookies. Sometimes I eat them together with some nuts and dried fruit, or with a square of dark chocolate to naturally mask the bitterness.

Check out some of my recipes below where cacao nibs would be a great addition:

How to eat cacao nibs

Tina Diep

I LOVE FOOD and better yet I LOVE TO COOK.

I can thank my Vietnamese roots. Vietnamese people use a great amount of time cooking and eating, traits which they have learned from their families. Everyone seems to know how to cook, and they are adept at picking fresh and quality foods from the market. Food is a priority in Vietnam – if you eat well, you live well.

I was born in Denmark, and in my mind I am a true Dane. Danish people cook a lot as well, but they prefer to spend less time in the kitchen and more time at the table. I consider myself Vietnamese from a culinary standpoint and Danish from a cultural standpoint (and I live in New York, which is a Mecca for foodies).

My mum is a great cook, she taught me how to chop vegetables and how to just randomly throw things together and somehow get an awesome meal. She makes cooking seem like art, and she is my inspiration for DiepLicious cooking.

My husband loves food as well and he has a great appetite. Cooking for him is a real joy. He has a great interest in everything that concerns health, and loves to point out specific foods and why they are good for you to eat. I will share his knowledge with you. He makes my cooking more challenging, but also a lot healthier.

I offer you one Golden Rule: to enjoy food fully, always taste the food even if you don’t like it. For me it takes a couple of tries to get to know the real flavor.

Enjoy!

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