Calling all Jedi Warriors!
This delicious blue cocoa is out-of-this-world CRAZY GOOD, incredibly nutritious, easy to prepare and loads of fun! Please check below for macros, and links to the ingredients that we used developing our recipe.
BLUE food is always a favorite with the Padawans!
Somehow, consuming anything blue holds a great appeal to the young Jedi’s, but seeing as much of the blue food is over-the-top toxic blue-raspberry, high fructose, propylene glycol whatever and chemical blue dyes?
You must unlearn what you have unlearned.” Yoda
So, we have unlearned what almost killed us – our quest ended up in the genuine blues clues of amazing food.
We found the butterfly pea flower, aka, clitoria ternatea. The force is strong in this one! Not only is this tea a GORGEOUS deep indigo blue?
It is delicious, serious nutrition.
Butterfly Pea has been ascribed many health benefits in both Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, many of which have been supported with contemporary clinical research. It shows promise in animal models for its memory enhancing effects, and has a wide spectrum of neurological benefits. There is preliminary evidence suggesting that the butterfly pea is helpful with insulin resistance – as it is demonstrating great promise that it is healthy for the liver and circulating lipoproteins, and benefit diabetics by inhibiting glucose uptake from the diet.
You can read more below – I have provided information and links for you to read up for yourself.
Clearly, I am not offering medical advice, always check with your own medical professional. I can tell you tho, my own personal experience our Bulletproof Bantha milk, suppressed hunger, and boosted focus – just one cup left me with a sense of quiet energy, calm and well being. The next morning, my fasting blood sugar was an amazing 85 mg/dl! (I’m type 2 NO MEDICINE!)
Not only is this drink out of this world DELICIOUS – the health benefits of this incredible BLUE flower is what makes it the preferred drink of JEDI padawans and their Jedi-Master moms.
2 cups Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
2 TBLS Butterfly Pea Flowers
2 Cups water
2 TBLS MCT oil
10 drops Liquid Stevia
2 scoops collagen.
OPTIONAL: for extra creaminess, 1/3 cup heavy cream OR 1/3 cup full fat coconut milk.
Boil water to steep your tea – let it steep for 4-5 minutes or until it is a gorgeous blue-purple. Add the tea, to the almond milk, add MCT oil.
(Add in heavy cream or full fat coconut milk if desired)
Whisk over medium heat until hot and foamy. Place in blender, add collagen and stevia and blend until foamy. Pour into mugs, top with sugar-free whipped cream (we make our own with stevia)
Makes 2-3 servings – Macros below
Butterfly Pea Flower
Butterfly Pea Flower is found throughout South East Asia – and is used extensively for is believed the flower has many medicinal properties, especially for your kidneys, blood, and immune system. Naturally high in antioxidants, the flower can help reduce oxidative stress caused from a build-up in environmental and food toxins in your body. Current research is studying the effect the properties of this plant have on cancer, specifically lung cancer.
Want beautiful glowing skin and hair? Butterfly pea flower is believed to work wonders there as well.
Besides the fact that the flower creates a beautiful, midnight blue colored tea, it’s actually quite tasty and refreshing. A little extra fun? Put a teaspoon of lemon or lime juice in your tea, and watch it transform from a midnight blue to a cross between a magenta and sangria color. Add dried lemongrass to provide additional flavor and benefits, especially for your digestive and immune systems.
Now – check this out!
Benefits of Butterfly Pea Flower
The Butterfly Pea flower contains an antioxidant called proanthocyanidin, which increases blood flow to the capillaries of the eyes, useful in treatment of glaucoma, blurred vision, retinal damage or tired eyes.
Improve hair growth
Rich in bioflavonoids, Butterfly Pea can promote hair growth and reduce greying of hair.
Butterfly Pea’s antioxidants stimulate collagen and elastin synthesis, which helps rejuvenate the skin and lessen wrinkles and other signs of ageing.
Butterfly Pea has been traditionally used as an aphrodisiac particularly for women and used to treat menstruation problems or white vaginal discharge (leucorrhoea).
Flavonoids, anthocyanins and phenolic compounds in Butterfly Pea flowers activate antioxidant activity, which helps decrease oxidative stress caused by disease causing and ageing free radicals.
Butterfly Pea has been shown to enhance cognitive function and boost brain function.
Butterfly Pea promotes normal urination, which in turn lowers blood pressure
Butterfly Pea has been used traditionally as a local anaesthetic as it has been shown to help relieve pain and swelling.
Butterfly Pea has a calming effect on the body, reducing stress and anxiety
The deep indigo flowers contain flavonoids. Found in almost all fruits and vegetables, flavonoids are powerful antioxidants with anti-inflammatory and immune system benefits.
It is used in common cold, cough & asthma as it acts as an expectorant and reduces the irritation of respiratory organs.
Anti-anxiety and depression
Indications are that high doses of Butterfly Pea may be adaptogenic – helping the body deal with stressors.
Butterfly Pea has shown to inhibit glucose intake from the diet.
Butterfly Pea is one of the few herbs to contain cyclotides, which have exhibited anti-HIV effects in studies.
Anti-cancer and anti-tumor
Butterfly Pea’s cyclotides can cause cancer cell death by disrupting cell membrane integrity.
In several Indian studies, Butterfly Pea exhibited significant anti-microbial effects against Staphylococcus Aureus.
Butterfly Pea has been shown to help reduce the severity and stress on the body from convulsions useful in treating epilepsy.
Butterfly Pea can help reduce fever by dilating the blood vessels right beneath the skin, whereby air can cool the blood easier.
The herb shows promise in studies for its brain boosting effects and its wide spectrum of neurological benefits including helping with depression, anxiety and reducing fever.
In studies to date, Butterfly Pea has shown to act on several key systems of the body:
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Butterfly tea – We used this one!
Collagen – We used this one
MCT Oil – We used this one!
Liquid Stevia – we used this one