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Healthy Chocolate Mayesa and Athletes – Glenn Matanza

December 26, 2014

Glenn 2 (3)I had the opportunity to visit with Glenn Matanza and discuss his passions about coaching, family and why he likes Mayesa.  Glenn has his own coaching business in San Diego, The Matanza Method, which is focused on fitness and health.  He works with elite athletes as well as those individuals looking to be healthier.

Glenn was born in the Philippines and moved to San Diego when he was in high school.  He later attended San Diego State University with aspirations to go to medical school.

Glenn’s interest in fitness and exercise lead him to start working with individuals providing fitness training.

It was also during this time that Glenn started to realize that a medical career would be focused mainly on illness which did not really fit his focus on prevention and helping individuals stay healthy. Realizing this Glenn decided to officially start his coaching business in 1998, working with clients of all ages.

Glenn’s business has evolved with time and even included a period around 2004 when he competed in fitness and body building competitions.

In 2004 Glenn met his future wife, Nike, a successful equestrian in Europe and aspiring fashion model.  They married and had their first son in 2006.  They now have 2 sons and enjoy setting good examples for their sons with nutrition and exercise.

In 2007 Glenn’s coaching began to focus more on endurance sports, especially triathletes, with emphasis on nutrition education, preventing injuries, and creating good health markers.

Nike Matanza began competing in triathlons and before long was in the elite category.  She joined Glenn and began coaching in 2008.

Glenn was introduced to Mayesa by one of his clients and her son.  He was training both of them.  Glenn evaluated Mayesa and really liked the purity of the ingredients, especially the organic, fair trade cacao and plant-based protein.

Glenn also likes that the beverage is allergen free containing NO dairy, soy or gluten, thus avoiding the side effects of these allergens.

Glenn - OceansideGlenn and his family (especially his youngest son age 4) enjoy drinking Mayesa.  Glenn recommends Mayesa post exercise to support energy and recovery or as a pre-exercise boost if needed.

When clients crave a “treat” Mayesa is an excellent choice according to Glenn.

Glenn’s passion for helping all his clients understand the importance of nutrition and right food choices to live a healthier life is inspiration to us all.

Thanks Glenn for including Mayesa as one of the food choices you recommend.

No matter what your daily performance includes (exercise, work, school) you want it to be optimal, and the best way to do that is proper nutrition choices with products like Mayesa

Life is better with chocolate!

For further information about Glenn’s coaching please visit www.glennmatanza.com or www.facebook.com/glenn.matanza.

Jane Adolph, Mayesa Co-Founder

Healthy Chocolate – What is the Best Dose?

December 26, 2012

That is a great question. It was posed to Paul Jaminet, a scientist and health journalist of The Perfect Health Diet web site.

His answer? ” ‘Dose-response data’ might not be strong enough to define an RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance), but I’m going to take a stand: An intake of 35 g/day of 70% or higher is healthy.”

Jaminet’s conclusion is based on a look at data from studies that have been done around the world on how organic cacao, eaten as dark chocolate of 70% or higher, affects the body.

While chocolate has not yet been recognized as an essential nutrient – yet – it is becoming more and more certain that organic cacao has some definite health benefits. Thus, a number of nutritionists are starting to list chocolate, if not as “essential,” then at least as an important “supplementary” food that should be consumed regularly.


March is National Nutrition Month – Drink Healthy Chocolate Mayesa!

December 20, 2012

March is National Nutrition Month, and healthy chocolate Mayesa drinks fit right in!

Mayesa is packed with great nutrition, starting with organic cacao – the purest form of chocolate. This is blended together with such things as pea protein and rice, along  with special spices, for an unusually indulgent nutritional source.

And that’s just the beginning of the amazing nutrition of Mayesa.

Here’s more: Mayesa contains no cholesterol and no trans fats.

What Mayesa does contain is:

1.  Antioxidants – Cacao contains a higher
concentration by weight of antioxidants than acai, blueberries, pomegranates, goji berries, or even red wine

2. Magnesium – supports the heart, brain, and digestive system

3. Iron – 314% of RDA of Iron per ounce serving.

4. Theobromine – dilates the cardiovascular system, making the heart’s job easier

5. Anandamide – An endorphin known as the “Bliss Chemical” that is released naturally by the body after exercise and is found in Cacao

Nutritional Bonus! Mayesa is dairy-free, gluten-free,soy-free, and VEGAN!

Isn’t it great to have a way of making sure you get great nutrition on a daily basis, and indulge in healthy chocolate at the same time? Can’t beat it!

About National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month is an annual campaign sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to promote nutrition awareness and education. It originated in 1973 as “National Nutrition Week” and expanded to the month-long observance in 1980 in response to growing public interest in nutrition.

The theme changes each year, but it always focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. This year’s theme, “Eat Right with Color,” provides an easy way to focus on improving eating habits — simply include plenty of color on your plate. And the rich brown of healthy organic cacao is a great color to add to your nutritional palette!

What is the Difference Between “Cacao” and “Cocoa”?

December 20, 2011

Besides reversing “o’s” and “a’s” in the spelling of these two words, technically there is no real difference in the meanings. Our modern pronunciation of “cocoa” is how the British mistakenly pronounced “cacao” when the food was first introduced to the British Isles.

Today the FDA defines cacao as the source bean, and cocoa powder (along with chocolate liquor and cocoa butter) as products.  At the time these products are processed from the cacao bean, they are still raw and unsweetened.

It’s when a long refining process that adds sugar, other flavorings, and chemicals to lengthen shelf life are added to the chocolate product that “cocoa” veers widely from natural, raw, cacao. And during the refining process much of the antioxidants are destroyed by the heat.

Since that is what most consumers think of as cocoa, that’s where the difference lies.

Most chocolate candy, cakes, cookies, ice cream and milk sold to the American public contain only 10% raw cocoa and the other 90% is made up of high caloric, high carbohydrate  sugar, cream, oils, etc.  Many of these commercial items contain transfats, and up to 40 grams of sugar.

For example, “milk chocolate” contains just 10% pure chocolate liquor while dark chocolate has a minimum of 75%. When sold as candy bars, both, of course, also contain sugars and fats.

This is why it’s been hammered into our heads for years that to eat healthy is to stay away from chocolate, and no wonder since chocolate in the supermarket form has had most of the original nutritional qualities processed out.

Mayesa uses organic raw cacao. In this state cacao contains the highest concentration of antioxidants by weight – more than acai, blueberries, pomegranates, red wine and goji berries.  It is also a natural source of iron, magnesium, and theobromine (which supports the cardiovascular system).

When you drink Mayesa, you are getting all of the rich chocolate flavor and natural nutrients of cacao, and none of the refined sugars, transfats , and nutrient loss of that “other cocoa.”

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