Supercharge your hot cocoa game! This is the perfect treat that offers nutritional benefits as well! Lets take a look at the ingredients and the nutrition they have to offer!
RAW CACAO: Did you know, cacao has 40x the antioxidant potential as blueberries? Antioxidants are crucial to keeping our cells from oxidizing and developing chronic illnesses! Cocoa that is dutch processed unfortunately destroys nearly all of the antioxidants as well as other nutrients. This is one reason why I prefer raw organic cacao as opposed to cocoa. Raw cacao also is a great source or magnesium and non-heme iron! Craving chocolate may actually be a sign that the body is lacking magnesium. Lastly, raw cacao has natural compounds for a healthy pick me up similar to caffeine. The difference is cacao provides a more steady surge of energy without the crash versus coffee for example that has a quick effect and then one may crash. When choosing a cacao powder its important to do some research as many products can be high in the heavy metal lead. I prefer the brand Navitas because they test for heavy metals and contaminants.
COLLAGEN: Collagen is high in amino acids that support tissues of the body and wound healing. It may support the gut, hair, skin, nails, inflammatory joint issues, and recovery from injuries and wounds. Collagen is often another source of lead so again do your research before purchasing a product. The brand of collagen that I trust is Perfect Supplements use code ABBY10 for 10% off! Perfect supplements tests all their supplements for lead and other contaminants and you can see the reports online. 🙂
REISHI MUSHROOM POWDER: Reishi mushrooms have been studied for lots of health properties including immunomodulating, liver supportive, heart and blood pressure supportive, anti-inflammation, and adaptogenic (supports handling stress). Fermented powdered forms of this amazing mushroom as well as other mushrooms that each have their own unique benefits can be found at health food stores and can be easily added to drinks like hot cacao, coffee, and smoothies!
SUPERFOOD HOT CACAO
- 1 1/2-2 T raw cacao powder
- 1 scoop of unflavored collagen powder use code ABBY10 for 10% off.
- 1/2 tsp organic pure vanilla extract
- pinch of Himalayan Sea Salt
- 1 tsp organic pure maple syrup or to taste
- 8 oz. unflavored coconut milk, or any nondairy milk or raw pasture-raised milk
- reishi mushroom powder, optional, check label for serving size
Steam the milk with a steam wand or warm on the stove over low heat.
Add 1/4 of the milk to a mug then add the rest of the ingredients. Stir well to dissolve the cacao then add the rest of the milk and stir again.
to make this cold instead of hot, blend everything in a blender
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Healthy wishes to you!
Abigail, Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition
Nutritional Health Coach and Chef, Abigail E. Holistic
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