Superfood Hot Chocolate

Did you know there is a difference between cocoa and cacao powder? Cacao is the purest form of chocolate you can consume, which means it is raw and much less processed than cocoa powder

Cacao benefits:

  • High source of antioxidants: As a potent antioxidant, cacao can repair the damage caused by free radicals, protects your nervous system and may reduce the risk of certain cancers
  • Boosts your mood: Cacao can increase levels of certain neurotransmitters that promote a sense of well-being
  • It is rich in minerals: Magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium, zinc, copper and manganese • It is an excellent source of monounsaturated fats, cholesterol-free saturated fats, and fiber

Cocoa on the other hand refers to the heated form of cacao that most people use and is used in most conventional chocolate goods. Unfortunately, heating changes the structure of the cocoa bean, reducing the enzyme content and lowering the overall nutritional value

So remember when you hear that chocolate is good for you, it's referring to the health benefits present in the cacao bean and you aren't reaping any of those benefits when the product is processed or sugars are added to it!

Try this superfood hot chocolate to get all the benefits from the cacao plus added nutrition from maca (hormone balancing) and cinnamon (blood sugar balancing). 

 

Superfood Hot Chocolate

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tsp maca powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup (or more to taste)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

Instructions:

  1. Add almond milk to a medium-sized sauce pot and bring to a boil
  2. Lower to a simmer and add cacao powder and stir
  3. Add in maca powder and cinnamon and continue to stir
  4. Stir in maple syrup until well combined
  5. Add coconut oil and stir until melted and mixture is nice and creamy
  6. Serve immediately
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