What is Carob?

What is Carob?Steve Maxwell was on Joe Rogan’s podcast recently and one of the things he mentioned was carob. He talked about how he would buy carob bars, but also that he found carob on the ground and ate it. That’s all well and good, if not a bit strange, but what exactly is carob?

Carob is a member of the pea family and if you look over to the right, you’ll see a picture of carob pods. They looks a lot like dried out, brown pea pod would. But we don’t serve carob at Thanksgiving dinners as a side dish like we would peas. In fact, carob is linked to chocolate in many ways, usually with health food nuts who use it as a substitute for chocolate.

But carob is not chocolate, it doesn’t have the texture of chocolate, and it doesn’t taste quite like chocolate either. I think the reason that carob is linked with chocolate is because when it’s processed into a powder, it resembles cocoa very much.

Powdered carob is created when the pod is dried out, the inedible seeds are scooped out, and then the pulp inside the carob pod is roasted and ground up.

So why is carob and cocoa linked to each other? Well, both come from tropical pods. Both are sweet, though in different ways. Both also have their pros and cons in terms of health benefits. People like that chocolate has caffeine to give them a boost, but carob contains no caffeine. Both do not contain cholesterol or saturated fat, but cocoa contains fat while carob does not, and cocoa also has less protein.

Carob can be used as a substitute for cocoa as both are sweet powders. Though you’ll want to double the amount of carob you use in a smoothie, for instance, as the flavor isn’t as strong as cocoa.

Give it a try in your next smoothie!

Onnit Fourth of July 2014 Sale: Save 15% Off Hemp Force Products

Onnit Fourth of July 2014 Sale: Save 15% Off Hemp Force ProductsOnnit hasn’t officially said this is its 2014 Fourth of July sale, but it’s safe to say that this will be all that’s offered, since the sale starts today and extends to the end of July 9th.

All Hemp Force products–that’s the Hemp Force ChocoMaca and Hemp Force Vanill-Acai protein powders and the Hemp Force Vanill-Acai bars–are now on sale at a savings of 15% off. If you buy the twin pack of protein powders you save even more, around 25% off the regular retail price.

As I said, this is likely the only sale Onnit Labs will have this Fourth of July long weekend. There’s no coupon code to enter, the prices have simply been reduced on the website. The sale is on right now and goes until 11:59PM PST on Wednesday, July 9, 2014.

Save 16% Off All Onnit Food Products and Blendtec Blenders

Save 16% Off All Onnit Food Products and Blendtec BlendersI must have missed this late last week when the new Onnit Hemp Force Vanill-Acai protein powder dropped, but in celebration of the new product release, Onnit also put all of its food products on sale at 16% off. You don’t have to enter an Onnit coupon code, either. Everything’s on sale within the Foods category on the Onnit website.

Things like the original Hemp Force ChocoMaca, the aforementioned Hemp Force Vanill-Acai, Hemp Force bars, Bulletproof Coffee, either bags or in bundles, and so many other things too numerous to mention here in one paragraph.

Another interesting item that’s on sale at 16% off is the Blendtec WildSide blender. This is the ultimate blender if you like making smoothies, or even your own salad dressings and things of that nature. This is the blender that Joe Rogan owns and uses on a daily basis to blend up his Hulk Loads. Yes, they are expensive with a regular retail price of $500, but now you can get one at 16% off.

I wish I wrote about this sale earlier, but as I said, I didn’t catch it in time. That being said, there’s still time left if you act quickly. The 16% off food products sale ends on Monday, September 30, 2013 at 11:59 CST, which is 12:59AM EST or 9:59PM PST. That’s today! Now’s the time to grab that blender you want, to try the new Hemp Force Vanilla, or to stock up on other Onnit food products.

Metabolate: Chocolate That’s Good for You!

Metabolate: Chocolate That's Good for You!Yesterday I wrote about how if you keep junk food out of sight and keep healthy food at the front of your cupboards and fridge, you’ll be more likely to make the better choice. But what if your junk food was actually good for you? Wouldn’t it blow your mind if you could keep chocolate at the front of your cupboard alongside your chia seeds, oatmeal, and other earth grown nutrients?

Well, now you can. We’ve all heard about how chocolate has a wide range of health benefits, but the chocolate you’re going to find on the shelves at 7-11 isn’t what I’m talking about. Onnit has just added to its website a new (to me, at least) kind of chocolate that is good for you. It’s good for your teeth, your health, and your metabolism as well. It’s even Dolce-approved, and man, it seems like that guy hates anything that even resembles junk food.

The chocolate I’m talking about is called Metabolate by Chocofree. It’s made from a variety of ingredients like organic cocoa liquor, Xylitol for sweetness, organic cocoa butter, green coffee bean extract, coconut flakes, chili flakes, and cinnamon. As you can see, this chocolate has zero dairy, zero sugar, and includes three food-based supplements (green coffee extract, chromium polynicotinate, and capsaicin) to help boost your metabolism.

Chocolate is one of the most craved foods by men and women throughout the United States. Because of this, it’s something that virtually everyone who is trying to watch their weight will miss, and possibly end up breaking their healthy eating habits to enjoy. With a bag of single-serving Metabolate chocolate bars in your cupboard, you can satisfy your sweet tooth and chocolate cravings, and do so without any guilt. And you’ll be doing your body a favor, too!