Beautifully Healthy: The Perfect Drink For Fall

DSC_0405.jpgIt may be the season of the glorious “Pumpkin Spice Latte” but I prefer to keep to the classics and drink a warm cup of hot chocolate. This hot cocoa recipe which I adore drinking on a chilly afternoon is actually healthy for you, making it guilt free and even more enjoyable! My secret to enjoying this classic drink while remaining healthy is by simply swapping cocoa powder for cacao powder. Cacao powder is the purest form of chocolate you can consume, containing high sources of both antioxidants and magnesium and tons of other vitamins and minerals, such as calcium, iron, and zinc. On top of containing high sources of important vitamins, cacao also has no sugar, unlike most cocoa powders which are packed full of them. Sticking to a healthy lifestyle and enjoying the sweet taste of chocolate has never been easier, simply make a quick delicious cup of my hot cacao and you will never go back to the sugary hot chocolate you have been drinking for years.

 

As I mentioned before, cacao powder offers tons of vitamins and minerals, but what do they actually do for you? First, consuming cacao can improve your mood and make you happy! Not just because it taste chocolaty and delicious, but because it contains a molecule called anadamide, which helps boost your mood! It also contains tons of antioxidants which  prevent premature aging by helping keep your skin looking fabulous and helping your body feel young! Speaking of feeling young, cacao is a magnificent source of magnesium, which helps fight fatigue and gives you tons of energy, making this drink a healthier and tastier alternative to coffee! Also, this fabulous super food has a ton of fiber per serving which helps stimulate the body’s digestive enzymes, making this drink wonderful for those of us who suffer with digestion problems. These are just some of the amazing benefits you can get by simply consuming cacao! I have noticed a lot of these wonderful benefits in myself since I started consuming cacao on a regular basis and I feel fantastic thanks to this delicious chocolaty treat!

 

This recipe is super easy to make, it’s paleo, gluten free, dairy-free, vegan, and healthy. It’s perfect for keeping you warm on those rainy days when you have the fire place lit, Harry Potter, and are snuggled up in a million blankets. It’s tasty and has a ton of health benefits, making it better than the toxic sugary “Pumpkin Spiced Latte” everyone is drinking by the gallon. Grab your favorite little mug and a blanket and enjoy this cozy recipe!

 

Hot Cacao

1 Cup Water or Almond Milk

1 Tablespoon of Organic Cacao Powder (My Favorite Brand)

1/2 Teaspoon of Cinnamon

1/2 Teaspoon Maca Powder (Optional)

1-2 Scoops Vital Proteins Collagen Powder (Optional)

Step 1: Boil water or almond milk.

Step 2. Carefully pour liquid into your favorite mug.

Step 3. Add Cacao, Cinnamon, Maca and Collagen to mug and stir until dissolved.

Step 4. Enjoy!!!

 

This recipe is honestly so simple to make, you will be making it all the time! I like to add maca powder and collagen peptide to increase the health benefits of this drink but that is completely optional to you! Add coconut cream for a dairy free alternative to whip cream and cacao nibs for more delicious and healthy toppings! Get creative with the recipe and enjoy!sign-off-for-blog-post

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