Nope. It’s NOT coffee. And though it’s made of ground cacao beans, it isn’t hot chocolate. Crio Bru, is something in between. I first discovered this wonderful gem of a drink on a local March Love List, and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since.
I am not a natural water drinker. When I’m thirsty I tend to reach for anything but water. Although I’ve made steps to remedy this, which you can read in my water filtering post here, and I’ve been experimenting with herbal teas (all of which definitely give some great health benefits), I have been looking to replace the last of my bad beverage habits, zero calorie sweeteners (specifically aspartame).
Here is why I’ve added this drink to my daily routine:
I find that when I’m excited about something I tend to sound like a satisfied customer from an infomercial, and at the risk of sounding less than genuine, I thought I’d dispense with the facts quickly to get down to my favorite part: my experience with the stuff first-hand. [ Please note: This is not a sponsored post, though I would whole-heartedly be open and welcome to it! ]
It took me some time before I was able to gather the materials (really it was just finding an inexpensive French Press to invest in) and a store (that didn’t involve online shopping & shipping fees) to get a package of Crio Bru. Turns out Whole Foods keeps their shelves in stock with bags of it (albeit only two flavors), and I lucked out at Target with a $5.50 French Press. So, once I had everything I needed, I was good to go.
Here’s an added tip. Take the 10 Day Challenge. And see if you don’t feel amazing!!! Drink at least one cup a day for 10 days. Take notice of your energy levels, sweet cravings, appetite, and how well you are sleeping. You might just be surprised, as I was, at how much easier it is to stay on top of health goals when this drink is added to your diet.
I have to admit, I was skeptical about the claims that it would reduce appetite and keep energy levels high. But after 3 days I was noticing consistent, & remarkable difference. The biggest advantage has been feeling satisfied and a marked reduction in cravings for anything sweet. Which is especially helpful at night–and it won’t keep you awake. While the drink itself isn’t sweet, I was surprised by this. It’s a great way to start a resolution to stop ingesting sugar.
Really, no foolin’ here, this is a great healthy option.
Here are a few of my favorite links for Crio drink recipes:
1 // This blog is a large receptacle of recipes that use Crio Bru in both drink and dessert options. Tenina.com
2 // Coming from the source, get some wonderful variations on your favorite flavors. Criobru.com
Photo Credits: All / Ann Neslen via Drippingpaintbrush.com
* Take the 10 Day Challenge for yourself and comment below.