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Healthy Chocolate Mayesa and Athletes – Golfer Brian Mogg

April 14, 2014

Healthy Chocolate Mayesa and AthletesI had a great opportunity to talk with Brian Mogg about Mayesa.  Brian is a well-known and respected golf instructor who is originally from Seattle Washington and now resides in Florida with his wife and four children.

Brian participated in competitive golf for 9 years and was on the PGA Tour for 3 years.  He has been teaching golf for 23 years and now has 8 Golf Academies throughout the world.

Brian has an impressive 26 wins by Tour players that he has instructed.  He has been listed as one of the top 50 instructors by Golf Digest and in the top 100 instructors by Golf Magazine.

Brian was introduced to Mayesa by Jeff Hill, Mayesa CEO.  Brian stated he is not a big chocolate fan so at first he was not sure how he would like the beverage.  To his surprise he found that “Mayesa is really refreshing and tastes great!”

Brian was also excited to learn that not only is Mayesa a delicious chocolate drink, but is also good for you.  Brian likes that Mayesa is a healthy alternative using only organic and natural ingredients.

Brian often drinks Mayesa during his busy work day which satisfies his hunger and provide a great pick-me-up.

He enjoys recommending Mayesa to others so they too can make healthier choices on the foods they eat.

For more information on Brian please visit www.moggacademy.com.

Jane Adolph, Mayesa Co-Founder

5 Ways to Celebrate National Nutrition Month

March 17, 2014

aaaaMarch is National Nutrition Month, a way of making people aware of how good nutrition is a part of a healthy lifestyle.

It’s easy to enjoy foods in a healthy way, especially with Mayesa – a delicious healthy-chocolate drink that is chocked full of good nutrition.

Being aware of good nutrition is important because it is about how we nourish our bodies. Our bodies require healthy food to create and repair cells. The science of nutrition also focuses on how diseases, conditions, and problems can be prevented or lessened with a healthy diet.

Here are five ways to celebrate National Nutrition Month:

1. Make a Plan

If you create a weekly menu plan and coordinate it with your shopping list you will eat healthier, waste less food and time, and there’s less stress at dinner time.  You will find that a plan minimizes the last-minute dinner scramble, and helps you stick to healthier foods.

2. Fit in Those Fruits and Vegetables

It’s often easier to buy fruits and vegetables than it is to actually use up them before they become shriveled and brown.

Here are some suggestions on how to make sure you eat those fruits and vegetables:  (a) toss a variety of vegetables in olive oil, roast and then refrigerate, allowing you to have ready-made side dishes, snacks, or a meatless entree; (b) keep apples and oranges in the car for an after-gym snack, or when you get the munchies (you don’t want your car to automatically turn into that fast-food place); and (c) cut up salad fixings and keep prepared in the refrigerator, then just spoon out and serve.

Keeping Mayesa in the car is another sure way of sticking to a healthy snack when you’re on the go.

3. Eat More Earlier, Less Later

The more of your daily calories you eat earlier in the day the better. Instead of a light breakfast, or even no breakfast at all, and a heavy dinner in the evening, have a hearty breakfast and  a good lunch, both of which will keep you fueled through the day. A light supper will keep you from sleeping on a load of calories.

If you are rushed for breakfast, Mayesa is a good way to start your day, then have a hearty lunch.

4. De-stress Dinner

Don’t give in to the frantic question “What’s for dinner?” every night. That just begs for a quick answer – which might be easy but often not healthy.

Instead, try these tricks: (a) keep a menu plan; (b) organize dinner ingredients before you leave for work; (c) freeze  homemade soups, homemade pasta dishes, etc., ahead of time, then take out and defrost while you’re at work. Having salad ingredients already chopped and mixed and ready to go is another big help.

5. Earn your calories

In addition to planning meals, cooking with healthy ingredients, and practicing portion control, a healthy lifestyle includes physical activity.  Keeping physically active assists your body in properly utilizing all of that good nutrition.

There are many options to keeping physically fit, including: walking, running, going to a gym, playing a team sports, and using fitness apps or videos. You can also burn calories by taking stairs and parking farther from your destinations.

Good nutrition can: give you vitality and energy, boost your immune system, help beat tiredness and fatigue, and ward off serious illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes.

Celebrate National Nutrition Month – for your life!

 

 

Heart-Healthy Chocolate for Valentine’s Day

February 12, 2014

Mayesa, with its organic, fair-trade cacao, is a great choice for Heart Health Month and Valentine’s Day.  Why?

Hearts, chocolate, and Valentine’s Day have gone together like hands in gloves for decades.

But it’s just recently that science has been putting its stamp of approval on dark chocolate as a true benefit of a healthy heart.

Cacao is being studied more and more, and the findings are exciting for chocolate lovers. It turns out that “Healthy Chocolate” is a real concept.

In fact, dark chocolate, the same type that is in Mayesa drinks, has been recently cited by some top health professionals and researchers as the single most exciting health food.

In universities and research labs across the U.S. and around the world scientifically-designed medical studies are showing that there is a positive correlation between organic cacao and a reduction in the risk of developing heart disease.

The flavanols contained in cacao have been found to act as “cardio-protective” agents.

Benefits of consuming dark chocolate like that found in Mayesa:

1. Effect on Arteries and Veins

In a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, results showed 47% improvement in how much the arteries dilated.

There was also indication that an increase in cells occurred that are produced in the bone marrow and that can develop into the structural cells that line and repair the arteries and veins.

In another study with a sample of over 2200 patients, the more cacao that was eaten, the fewer clogged arteries were found. Cacao consumption has also been found to improve arterial flow in smokers.

 2. Effect on Cholesterol

It appears that the antioxidants in cacao can prevent the oxidation of LDL-cholesterol relating to the mechanism of protection in heart disease.

Studies have shown that people with both normal and elevated cholesterol levels, who ingested cacao powder mixed with hot water lowered LDL (bad cholesterol) and increased HDL (good cholesterol).

All three doses of high-flavanol cacao powder – 13, 19.5, and 26 g/day – proved beneficial. If you’re wondering, 26 grams of powder is about a quarter cup.

3. Effect on Blood Pressure

Research pretty consistently shows that dark chocolate consumption is related to lower blood pressure readings.

For example, one study found that fifteen days of eating dark chocolate lowered blood pressure in healthy subjects.

Another study used flavanol-rich cacao to increase nitric oxide production in healthy humans which dilated the blood vessels thus lowering blood pressure.

Still another study found that eating dark chocolate improved circulation directly to the heart.

Valentine’s Day Super Food

Cacao is a superfood for all seasons, and especially for Valentine’s Day.

Valentine chocolates are generally presented in a heart-shaped box, or are created in the shape of a heart. And now science is telling us that dark chocolate – is actually “heart-healthy!”

It’s important to note that it is cacao (dark chocolate) that is indicated as an element that helps reduce heart disease. The more sugars and fats that are added to chocolate as it is refined and used to manufacture chocolate products used in candy and other chocolate sweets, the further away you get from the health benefits of cacao.

Both the American Heart Association and the American Medical Association recommend eating a moderate amount of dark chocolate every day to contribute to maintaining a healthy heart.

So, enjoy your Valentine’s Day chocolate – just make sure it is quality dark chocolate.

 

Why You Should Eat and Drink High-Cacao Dark Chocolate – Part 1

November 20, 2013

Roasted Cacao BeansIf you follow our blog and our Facebook posts you’ve noted that we are excited whenever a new study comes out that supports other research regarding the health benefits of cacao and dark chocolate.

Finally the experts endorse a food that is so tasty that we feel almost decadent eating it, yet at the same time turns out to be oh-so-good for us.

The more studies that are done the more detailed is our understanding of just what amazing things cacao can do for our bodies.

Nutritionist and fitness expert Mark Sisson explains it as well as we’ve ever seen, and and we are reprinting his discussion of the health benefits of cacao here.

The article will be in two parts so you will get all of his great information:

The truth is that you should probably be eating dark chocolate on at least a semi-regular basis because, as it turns out, it is very good for you.

Dark chocolate is healthy.

Dark chocolate is great –  the perfect storm of flavor, flavonoids, and fat.  It tastes really good, comes loaded with polyphenols, and cocoa butter is a great source of saturated and monosaturated fat.

I am going to explicitly outline the myriad health benefits that cacao offers.

1. Dark chocolate contains healthy fats.

Cocoa butter, which is extracted from the cacao bean and incorporated into most reputable dark chocolate bars, is mostly monounsaturated and saturated fat, with very little polyunsaturated fat.  And most of that saturated fat is stearic acid, widely known for having neutral effects on LDL (the bad cholesterol).

2. Dark chocolate contains lots of polyphenols, particularly flavanols.

When it comes to polyphenol content and antioxidant capacity, cacao trounces the “superfruits” acai, pomegranate, cranberry, and blueberry.

The most studied polyphenol in cacao is epicatechin, a flavanol that is quite potent and healthful.

What when the square of polyphenol-rich dark chocolate melts on the tongue, is swallowed, digested, and incorporated into the body? What are the actual health benefits of consuming high-cacao content dark chocolate?  Read on -

3. Dark chocolate and blood pressure.

Epidemiological studies (the study of the causes and effects of health in specific populations) pretty consistently show that dark chocolate consumption is related to lower blood pressure readings, for example among the Kuna Indians living in Panama, and the elderly Dutch.

These findings led to controlled studies by researchers in the medical and nutrition fields.

For example, one study found that fifteen days of eating dark chocolate lowered blood pressure  (and improved insulin sensitivity) in healthy subjects. Cacao consumption also improved arterial flow in smokers.

Another study used flavanol-rich cacao to increase nitric oxide production in healthy humans which dilated the blood vessels thus lowering blood pressure.

Still another study found that eating dark chocolate improved circulation directly to the heart.

 

Source: MarksDailyApple

Disclaimer: Neither Mark Sisson nor Mayesa has received remuneration for the publication of this guest blog, nor is there product endorsement.

Back to School – How to Help Kids Learn Better with Healthy Eating

September 23, 2013

back to schoolMost of the country is now back to school, and while parents already know that healthy eating can help their students do better in school, you might feel that’s easier said than done.

“Your brain can’t work if you’re not consuming enough calories, and in general that’s not a problem,” Krista Casazza, an assistant professor in the nutrition sciences department at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said in a university news release.

“But when kids go to school without eating breakfast, their thinking and learning skills can be affected,” said Caxazza.

Before School

Nutritionists advise that children should start the day with fruits, proteins and whole grains.

And most definitely avoid sugary cereals which are not only low in nutrition, but can cause a sugar high followed by a crash.

“A balanced breakfast will fuel the body for a long period and help sustain their attention level through lunch, when they need to eat well again,” Casazza said. “This will hold them until dinner, and they won’t snack ravenously after school.”

After School

No matter how well you plan, often your kids will and do come home from school too hungry to wait until dinner.

Healthy after-school snacks include yogurt, fruits and raw vegetables.

Baked chips, in moderation, can be an option.  For a drink, give them water instead of soda. Almond or rice milk instead of dairy drinks.

Allowing your kids to help make nutritious snacks will go a long way toward their willingness to eat them. There are many fun ideas on creative ways to make these types of snacks appealing.

Ideas for fun nutritious snacks

1. Instead of hard-boiled eggs – make deviled eggs

2. Instead of candy – make a healthy trail mix that includes plenty of Omega3-rich walnuts and almonds

3. Instead of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich – offer naturally sweet, crisp, apple slices and peanut butter

4. Instead of ice cream – make fancy frozen bananas.

Peel a banana, dip it in low-fat yogurt (any flavor), roll it in crushed cereal (again, stay away from the sugary brands) so that it’s completely coated, then freeze.

5. Instead of high-calorie dips – make warmed cinnamon-spiced applesauce (especially good on a cold day) and serve with apple slices

Delicious – and oh, so healthy!  Mayesa healthy chocolate drinks are another easy way to help your students eat right. Try offering Mayesa heated as a hot chocolate drink in the morning with breakfast, or as a frozen chocolate pop for an after-school snack.

Photo Credit: acscan.org

Mayesa Chocolate Drinks – A Good Source of Vitamin D

July 31, 2013

New Packaging 2Did you know that Mayesa has 50% of your recommended Vitamin D in just one delicious healthy chocolate drink?

Why is that important?

Globally over a billion people are Vitamin D deficient and 77% of American adults have insufficient levels of Vitamin D.

What is Vitamin D

Vitamin D is more commonly known as the “sunshine vitamin.” It is actually a fat-soluble hormone that the body can synthesize naturally from the sun when your skin is exposed to UVB rays.

Why is vitamin D necessary?

Vitamin D assists in the absorption of calcium and promotes bone mineralization. It also helps to strengthen the immune system and protect against a number of serious diseases, including rickets.

Recent research even suggests that Vitamin D may also provide protection from hypertension, psoriasis, and several autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.

In addition, growing evidence has demonstrated an important role in the body’s defense against cancer. Studies link a deficiency of Vitamin D to as many as 18 different  types of cancers.

What are the signs of Vitamin D deficiency? 

Deficiencies of Vitamin D are common, especially in countries in northern latitudes, where sun exposure is typically lower.

Studies indicate that another cause of low levels of Vitamin D is the prevalent use of sun screens that block UV rays.

Vitamin D deficiency is indicated by porous bones, weak muscles and easy fracturing. However, as mentioned above, a deficiency can also cause other problems in the body that are not as easily diagnosed as a Vitamin D deficiency.

How do you get enough vitamin D from foods?

Good dietary sources include fortified foods, eggs, salmon, tuna, mackerel and sardines. Since sunlight causes our bodies to make vitamin D, daily exposure is helpful.

However, you’ll need to check with your doctor on how much exposure to the sun without sunscreen he or she recommends.

Health care providers are becoming more aware of the role Vitamin D has to our over-all health. The next time you see your physician be sure to discuss Vitamin D and its links to health risks. You’ll want to know his or her suggestions on Vitamin D-rich foods, supplements, and foods fortified with Vitamin D.

Getting Vitamin D is one of the many benefits of Mayesa, a healthy chocolate drink.

 

What is “Fair Trade” in the Chocolate Industry?

June 26, 2013

cacao farmerThe definition of  “Fair Trade” is:

A trading partnership, based on respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers.

What exactly does this mean and why is this a big deal?

In 2000 journalists began documenting the continued practice of forced child labor in the West African cacao trade, a source of 70% of the world’s chocolate. Since the Ivory Coast in West Africa alone produces 40% of the planet’s raw cacao, its beans are mixed into almost every brand of mass-produced chocolate.

Large global corporations such as Hershey and Nestle have historically done little to address the problem of slave labor, and most cocoa on the world market is bought “blind,” through importers and brokers.

Besides the slave labor issue, cacao farmers are often forced to sell their harvest to middlemen who rig scales and misrepresent prices.

Fairly traded cacao is monitored by independent, non-profit, certifying organizations that guarantee that the chocolate was produced and traded in a socially responsible manner, specifically that:

1.  International Labor Organization Conventions on child labor and forced labor are adhered to.

2. The cacao beans were bought directly from a democratically controlled co-operative of small scale farmers, which helps them gain more control of their livelihoods and ensures farmers a higher percentage of cocoa export revenues.

Organic cacao has a built-in aspect that makes it somewhat automatically a fair trade product. Organic farms are subject to their own independent monitoring system that checks labor practices.

Also, as of now, cacao beans are not organically grown in the Ivory Coast, which is where the vast majority of the reports about exploitation and slavery in the chocolate trade are centered.

Mayesa purchases its organic cacao beans through Fair Trade from farmer co-operatives in Peru. Knowing this you can enjoy your delicious healthy chocolate drink feeling as good about the way the chocolate was grown and harvested as you do about the way it tastes.

 

Photo Credit: telegraph.co.uk

 

Source:

Fairtradeusa.org

Vision.UCSD.edu

 

Cacao as Medicine

May 22, 2013

cacao treeThousands of years ago the  ancient Aztecs revered the cacao bean for its health properties.

The Aztecs knew that this delicious bean was famous for healing the nervous system and improving digestion and elimination.

Other medicinal properties for which the Aztecs used cacao included alleviating fever, anemia, poor appetite, mental fatigue and poor breast milk production. It was also used for respiratory ailments, gout, kidney stones and low virility.

In recent years modern science has delved into the secrets of this amazing bean to discover that it’s the Theobromine, antioxidant flavanols, catecins , and many other body and brain enhancing elements contained in the bean that makes it such a powerhouse of medicine.

In fact, chocolate has been very recently cited by some top health professionals and researchers to be the single most exciting health food.

How is it possible that something that only recently was thought of as an unhealthy indulgence  is now being hailed as so remarkably beneficial? Answer – “chocolate” does not necessarily equal “cacao bean.”

Most chocolate candy and other chocolate products on the market contain low levels of cacao and high amounts of sugars, milk fat, and artificial flavorings.

In addition, the quality and processing of  cacao used in these products is often low due to alkalinization, refining, processing and over-roasting of the bean.

If you want the true health benefits that cacao can give you, choose only high cacao percentage dark chocolate, with a minimum of 75% cacao and even better, stick to at least 85% cacao. And for true healthy chocolate,  look for products that use organic cacao, and are soy-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

Source: BrainFood

 

Welcome to the Ultimate Blog Party – This is the Healthy Chocolate Party Place!

April 5, 2013

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Let’s Party! Welcome to the Ultimate Blog Party, hosted by 5 Minutes for Mom. We’re joining the party with a giveaway for you! Just follow the instructions below to enter to win a 12-pack of Mayesa healthy chocolate drinks!

Mayesa is all about indulging in chocolate – healthy chocolate! Made from organic cacao – one of the healthiest foods on the planet – Mayesa is chocked full of good things for you, including fiber, calcium, potassium, vitamin D and those great immunity-boosting antioxidants.

And a bonus – Mayesa is dairy-free, gluten-free and soy-free!

What does a delicious Mayesa drink do for you? Besides allowing you to pamper yourself with decadent chocolate, you’ll also find that it energizes you, it replenishes you, it increases clarity, and it suppresses hunger.

A healthy chocolate Mayesa drink is great for breakfast, a mid-morning pick-me-up, as a way over the mid-afternoon slump, and is perfect for dessert in the evening.

You’ll love giving it to your kids, too – knowing that they can now have a chocolate drink that is actually good for them.

It’s so great to have you here to visit. Please feel free to browse around and learn more about healthy cacao.

Here’s how to enter our Party giveaway:
Browse our web site at mayesa.com to learn about Mayesa and organic cacao, then  leave a comment on our blog below mentioning something you learned about healthy chocolate Mayesa that you think other mommy bloggers – and daddy bloggers, too! – would like to know.

Want extra entries into the contest? Do the following..!

  • Follow us on Twitter and send us an @drinkmayesa message telling us your favorite thing about Mayesa and/or
  • “Like” us on Facebook and post on our wall what your favorite thing about Mayesa is.

Make sure we have a way to reach you, by leaving your email in the comment. One winner will be chosen at random by using random.org. The contest ends April 15h at 11:59 EDT. We will announce the winner Monday April 17th.

And, don’t forget to head over to the Ultimate Blog Party (#UBP13) at the 5 Minutes for Mom web site! It’s a chance to win another 12-pack of delicious healthy chocolate Mayesa drinks! You’ll also discover many other great blog sites, and there are prizes galore!

Thanks for learning more about Mayesa – the chocolate drink that’s oh, so delicious – and healthy!

Celiac Disease, Gluten-Free and Mayesa

January 16, 2013

Why is Mayesa proud to state that it is “Gluten-Free?”

First let’s look at just what exactly is “gluten.” Gluten is a protein found in grains, such as wheat, barley and rye. It is ingested not only from breads and other flour-based foods, but most processed foods as well where it is liberally used as a stabilizer and thickener.

Gluten is especially detrimental to anyone who has been diagnosed with celiac disease – a chronic digestive disorder which causes the body to mount an inflammatory immune response to the presence of gluten. (more…)

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