Crio Bru – A wholesome various to espresso

Crio Bru is my new drink of choice! I love that it gives me more natural energy than caffeine and that it has other health benefits as well.

What is Crio Bru?

Crio Bru package with cocoa beans and ground cocoa in a bowl

Crio Bru is made from 100% pure ground cocoa beans. The beans are roasted, ground and brewed like coffee, but have the taste and smell of dark chocolate.

Cocoa is very high in nutrients and antioxidants and has been shown to support your immune system, bone, brain and heart health. It's low in carbohydrates and calories, similar to black coffee, and it's also shown to be a natural appetite suppressant.

Health benefits of cocoa

alternating spoons with cocoa beans and ground cocoa

You have likely spoken to people, read about them, or even believed that eating chocolate can improve your mood and make you feel great. Not all chocolate is created equal, but if you just start with the cocoa bean at the beginning, this is the origin of this school of thought.

There are three main compounds in cocoa beans that can affect your mood. One of them is anandamide, also known as the “happiness molecule”. It has been shown to increase happiness and wellbeing and reduce anxiety and anxiety.

Another is serotonin, the “feel good” brain chemical and a primary neurotransmitter in the body that acts as a natural antidepressant and plays an important role in mood and emotional health.

The last one is tryptophan – an amino acid that helps our bodies produce serotonin. It can improve mood and sleep, and it can also improve your ability to deal with stress and anxiety. It is also known to suppress your appetite, especially sweet cravings.

Theobromine – Natural Energy Boost

Woman sitting in a chair with a mug full of Crio Bru looking at it

Crio Bru contains theobromine, a naturally occurring stimulant found in cocoa. Theobromine gives you longer lasting, milder energy without feeling nervous or having the crash that can come from caffeine.

How does it work? Theobromine works as a vasodilator, which dilates your blood vessels to increase blood flow. Caffeine is a vasoconstrictor that narrows your blood vessels and makes the heart work harder to increase blood flow.

I love my caffeine as much as the next girl, but if I want a sustained energy that's more like a river or a jet then Crio Bru is my drink of choice.

Coffee alternative

Crio Bru brews like coffee, but you get the benefit of all the superfood qualities of the cocoa bean. Brewed cocoa is significantly less acidic (close to pH-neutral 6.4 – 6.8) than coffee and can take considerable strain off your digestive system.

You can brew Crio Bru in a French press or in a coffee maker like regular ground coffee. Enjoy it hot or frozen, directly without additives or with your favorite salmer and sweetener.

Sometimes I have a serious energy accident in the afternoon. The whole morning is about exercise, getting kids to the door, tidying up the house, doing laundry … all the things we do every day as parents.

But in the afternoon, when there is ever a quiet moment, I feel slower and more sleepy. I often feel like a mom, there doesn't seem to be a good time to slow down, and most importantly, no time to take a nap! I don't want to have a shot of caffeine late in the day, but if I had caffeine earlier it is usually worn out in the afternoon. Enter Crio Bru ……

How does it taste?

Pure cocoa tastes like dark chocolate with no sweetener. It's earthy and nutty and not sweet like processed chocolate. It can almost have a roasted coffee bean flavor, even unroasted.

Crio Bru doesn't taste like hot chocolate. It definitely has a bitter taste because it isn't sweet. Personally, I like adding a little stevia to my Crio Bru – but not too much because I love the different flavors of it.

Where can I buy Crio Bru?

Crio Bru is sold on Amazon and on the Crio Bru website.

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