7 New Super Foods

Cacao Nibs

Cacao trees bear football-shaped fruit pods filled with large seeds (called beans) that are processed to make chocolate. By smashing these seeds into bits, you end up with crunchy cacao nibs. The nibs' nutritional perks include stellar amounts of fiber, antioxidants and magnesium. A recent Journal of Physiology study suggests that antioxidants in cacao may help bolster exercise endurance.

Cacao Nib Fruit Salad
Serves 4

  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 tsp. lime zest
  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced
  • 1 cup pineapple, diced
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1/4 cup cacao nibs
  • 1/3 cup unsalted almonds, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh mint, chopped

Place honey, lime juice and 2 Tbsp. water in a small saucepan. Warm over low heat until honey has dissolved into liquid. Stir in lime zest and let cool. Place strawberries, pineapple, blueberries and banana in a large bowl. Add cacao nibs and honey syrup and toss to coat. Serve garnished with almonds and mint.

More8 Last-Minute Nutrition Tips for Endurance Athletes

PREV
  • 3
  • of
  • 4
NEXT

About the Author

Women's Running

Women's Running is the go-to source for women who are chasing their dreams. Women's Running empowers the ever-growing community of women runners to live a healthy lifestyle via editorial content focused on running, fitness, nutrition and wellness. For more information, please visit womensrunning.com.
Women's Running is the go-to source for women who are chasing their dreams. Women's Running empowers the ever-growing community of women runners to live a healthy lifestyle via editorial content focused on running, fitness, nutrition and wellness. For more information, please visit womensrunning.com.

Discuss This Article