Learn How to Make Healthier Hot Chocolate
It is officially the season for warm clothes and hot chocolate! When I stopped drinking coffee my go to drink was hot chocolate.
Select the right milk: I prefer to use dairy-free milk such as almond milk, coconut milk , cashew milk or hemp milk.
Swap cocoa for raw cacao: There is a difference between cocoa and raw cacao. Cacao is the tree, while cocoa is the product made from it which is highly processed. Raw cacao powder contains more than 300 different chemical compounds and nearly four times the antioxidant power of your average dark chocolate - more than 20 times than that of blueberries. Protein, calcium, carotene, thiamin, riboflavin, magnesium, sulfur, flavonoids, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids are also present.
Add Adaptogens: Adaptogens are unique plants or herbs that support your adrenal system. They help balance your hormones, so you can manage your stress response on a day to day basis. They adapt to what your body needs and have the ability to regulate your system up or down depending on the need in the moment. I love to use Root and Bones adaptogens , use code lina15 to get 15% off.
Add Collagen peptides: Collagen is the protein that our body relies on to ensure the health and vitality of your skin, hair, tendon, cartilage, bones, and joints. I add 1 scoop of collagen peptides to my morning hot chocolate for a collagen boost.
Use a natural sweetener: Let the bitterness of cocoa shine by using a minimal amount of sweetener. Use a teaspoon of coconut sugar, raw manuka honey or stevia. Read more about healthier sweeteners here.
Spice it up: Cinnamon, cardamom and ginger all pair well with cocoa and deliver a host of antioxidants, as well as flavor. I love to add some peppermint Essential oil to give it a minty flavor.
This healthy homemade hot chocolate combines natural ingredients like raw cocoa powder, Reishi Mushroom ,coconut oil , and optional raw honey or coconut sugar and peppermint essential Oil.