It’s that time of year when a nice warm mug of hot chocolate seems to make everything all cozy both inside and out. If you’re used to opening up a packet of hot cocoa mix you are getting a mug full of ingredients that aren’t health building. In fact a mug full of packaged hot chocolate is inflammatory and immune suppressing.
Just check out the ingredients from a popular gourmet hot cocoa:
Why not make your own hot chocolate that is healing, anti-inflammatory and immune boosting.
Just look what’s in this recipe:
Ginger: Rich in potassium which is excellent for digestion, relieving nausea and protecting our body from inflammation.
Raw Cacao: Rich in antioxidants, essentials vitamins and minerals, and improve cardiac health, reduce appetite and boost mood and energy.
Turmeric: Contains curcumin which is a potent antioxidant, liver detoxifier, is anti-inflammatory, and has also been shown to block cancer.
Cinnamon: Contains anti-inflammatory, ant-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic properties. It also aids in balancing blood sugar and increases blood circulation.
Cardamom: Good for cardiovascular health, promotes digestion and oral health, immune booster and is anti-inflammatory.
Raw Honey: Rich in enzymes and contains anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic properties that boost the immune system.
Coconut oil: Medium chain fatty acid that easily digested and immediately burned for energy, contains anti-inflammatory, ant-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic properties, regulates blood sugar and is an immune and metabolism booster.
Sea Salt: Contains trace minerals essential for many of our bodies functions. My favorite sea salt, Redmond Real Salt is mined from ancient sea beds in my home state.
Healing Hot Chocolate
1/2 cups almond or coconut milk, unsweetened
1/2 tsp. fresh ginger, grated
2 Tbsp. raw cacao powder
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. cardamom
1/4 tsp. turmeric
1/8 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 Tbsp. raw honey
1 Tbsp. coconut oil
In a small sauce pan over medium heat add the almond milk and grated ginger.
Allow to simmer for 10 minutes.
Combine the cacao, salt, and spices together and whisk into warmed milk.
Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla, honey and coconut oil.
Strain into a mug and enjoy!