Update: This post originally ran December 3, 2013, but we wanted to share it again… it’s the perfect recipe for relaxing by the fire with loved ones this week — and it feels good to get something healthy into our bodies after all of that overeating we may or may not be doing lately.
The time has come for cozy nights filled with homemade hot chocolate… when the heat radiates through the mug, warming your hands from the outside in, and then your entire body from the inside out with every sweet sip you take. I’ve come across a few recipes that include healthy ingredients, so I’ve merged a few to form this uniquely delicious concoction – one that will nourish both body and soul.
Maca root is a nutritionally dense superfood from Peru that is known to boost energy and to balance hormones overall. It helps regulate mood, growth, and tissue development, lowers stress, and can even aid in preventing disease. It has a light, sweet, nutty flavor that some report as being reminiscent of butterscotch or vanilla. You can find maca root in powdered form at many health food stores.
Chia seeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which help increase brain health; and fiber, which aids digestion. They’re an excellent source of protein, can help combat diabetes, and play an important role in heart health.
Raw cacao contains many antioxidants — especially anthocyanidin — which promote overall health and can reduce the risk of disease. Cacao is also filled with vitamins and minerals like magnesium, calcium, iron, and potassium; is great for the heart; and may prevent cancer, as well.
Sea salt is alkalizing to the body and can help build up the immune system. It has been thought to help treat depression, and — due to its potassium content — can help prevent muscle pains, cramps, and spasms.
Cinnamon has long been used to treat coughing and sore throats — two things that are mighty common during this time of year. It can also aid digestion, relieve nausea, and fight bacterial and fungal infections.
Almond milk is free of dairy and high in antioxidants. It’s filled with vitamins and minerals like copper, zinc, magnesium, iron, and calcium, and can help improve heart health.
Coconut sugar is considered a healthy sweetener option due to its classification as a low glycemic index food. It’s a great source of potassium, magnesium, zinc, and iron, and contains several B vitamins, as well.
Cayenne pepper is an immune booster, inflammation reducer, and pain reliever. It can also help clear congestion and improve heart health.
And now for the recipe!
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup soaked chia seeds
2 tablespoons raw cacao
1/2 tablespoon raw coconut sugar
2 teaspoons maca root powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch sea salt
Pinch cayenne powder
Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and mix on high until you reach an even consistency. Heat over the stove or in the microwave, pour into a pretty mug, and enjoy! This recipe makes one serving, but you can add in extra almond milk to dilute. You can also vary the amount of sugar as desired.
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