“This was one of those conversations where I really got to know the guest during out chat. Rachelle and I met last summer at her cafe (Supernatural) where she gave me an energy ball to try. I liked her vibe and wanted to learn more about her, so I did what I always do –I asked her on the podcast! Months passed, we rescheduled about 1 million times, and then on a cold February evening I went to her amazing apartment in Brooklyn and we talked for over 2 hours. We covered her path to herbalism, her thoughts on kava, current wellness trends and dangers with that, her style (which I love), anxiety and herbs that help it, body image, heartbreak (and the ideal herbs that can help), and at the end we talk about a productivity tip that’s been extremely useful to me in the past few weeks since the episode. Hope you enjoy!” (full show details here)
Things that have never been more popular: CBD and cauliflower—and now cacao. The superfood is a staple in healthy recipes, snacks, and desserts. But beyond the taste, are there any legitimate benefits of cacao?
Enter Well+Good’s new video series, Plant-Based, which aims to dig deep (pun intended) into all things that grow in the ground and how they impact your health and nutrition. For the first episode, we talked to herbalist and holistic nutritionist Rachelle Robinett to get the goods on all things cacao and, TL;DR, I really want to run to Whole Foods and grab some cacao nibs right now.
Cacao is not the same as chocolate. Like cocoa powder and chocolate, it comes from the cacao bean, but cacao is made from unroasted, cold-pressed beans and without added sugar. This helps it preserve a very impressive nutrient profile, says Robinett.
“Cacao is very nutrient dense,” says Robinett. It’s high in antioxidants as well as nutrients like magnesium (which can help reduce stress), potassium, and iron. Cacao is also high in healthy fats to help us stay satiated and energized, she adds.
Another perk to cacao is its alkaloid content. Alkaloids are naturally-occurring compounds often found in plants; the alkaloids in cacao, Robinett says, “interact with different neurotransmitters in our body and help us feel good.” So, yeah, there’s a reason why eating a piece of dark chocolate makes you feel so damn good.
All of this makes cacao a great before-bed snack. “I am a huge fan of cacao or dark chocolate before bed,” Robinett says. Cacao has only minimal amounts of caffeine and considering its magnesium and alkaloid profile, it’s something to try when you want to calm down, she says. Yet another reason to look forward to bedtime, IMO!
For more on the benefits of cacao, plus a delicious dark chocolate recipe straight from Robinett, be sure to watch the video above.
“This week I’m talking to Rachelle Robinett, Founder of Supernatural - a company dedicated to real-world wellness - that includes an herbal cafe, a product line of plant-based remedies, ongoing workshops and events, and personal health coaching. Rachelle also co-launched and manages the Bowery Cannabis Club with The Alchemist's Kitchen, and offers professional consulting for companies of all sizes. She is a plant-based wellness practitioner combining holistic, natural medicine with practical lifestyle work to help people find balanced, lasting health. Entrenched in the wellness world, but with an eye on the rest of the world, Rachelle brings a global perspective to individual health, and also that of businesses and brands.
”In our chat, Rachelle and I dig into: The state of CBD in the wellness industry and how it’s being used in product lines; Her thoughts on the current trends in the canna industry; What type of products she would like to see come into the market place; Where she's seen some product makers get it wrong; What not to do when marketing or conceptualizing a CBD product; Herbal allies to cannabis; Hot wellness space trends; And more!” (full show details here)