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Saturday, April 5, 2014

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Hot Chocolate Super-food Elixir

HealthyAeon - 5:38 AM

By: Amanda Froelich
True Activist

A frothy treat of tantalizing spices, nurturing cacao, and health-boosting super foods is the perfect treat to cozy up with this holiday season. Rich in vitamins, minerals, and life-enhancing anti-oxidants, this toasty elixir may be the perfect for you.

Because the cacao-infused concoction is warm and loaded with delicious ingredients, it’s easier than ever to drink one’s super-foods and enjoy them too! (This recipe offers enough so you may share this treat with a loved one!)

{Raw, Vegan} Hot Chocolate Super-food Elixir

Serving Size: 2

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

  • 4 Tbsp Raw Cacao Powder
  • 4 tsp Maca Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Raw Honey (or vegan: Coconut Sugar, Agave Nectar, Maple Syrup)
  • 1/8 – ¼ tsp Sea Salt
  • ¼ Cinnamon Powder
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • ¼ tsp Ginger Powder
  • Half of a Vanilla Bean, scraped (or 1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract)
  • 3 Cups Almond, Hemp, or Coconut Milk (or other plant-based milk)
  1. In a small-medium sauce pan, warm your milk and let cool. If using raw nut milk, do not heat above 118 degrees Fahrenheit (42 degrees Celsius).
  2. In a blender, combine all remaining ingredients and blend on high until smooth and creamy.
  3. Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon, and consume immediately!
Health Benefits:

Raw Cacao: one of the best sources of magnesium found in nature, in addition to containing high amounts calcium, zinc, iron, copper, sulfur, and potassium. Cacao contains many chemicals that enhance physical and mental well-being, including alkaloids, proteins, magnesium, and beta-carotene.

Ginger: aids digestion; decreases arthritic swelling; destroys bacteria and viruses; lowers blood pressure; aids circulation.

Cinnamon: aids digestion, relieves nausea, vomiting, diarrhea; has antiseptic properties; beneficial for the heart, lungs, and kidneys; aids insulin’s ability to metabolize blood sugar.

Cayenne: reduces inflammation, relives pain, reduce blood cholesterol, clears congestion, boosts the immune system, prevents stomach ulcers, lowers risk of Type 2 Diabetes.

Maca: Maca is an “adaptogen” meaning it has the ability to balance and stabilize the body’s hormonal, nervous and cardiovascular systems. For this reason it is particularly effective for improving libido. Maca also has the ability to one cope with stress, and stabilize moods, and boost energy. Boasting 31 minerals and trace elements, maca is a nutritional powerhouse and a stress-relieving, healthy addition to many foods.

Raw Honey: is loaded with essential vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, and C), contains many minerals (magnesium, potassium, calcium, iron, zinc, and more), boosts energy and the immune system, supports good bacteria, is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, is anti-aging, and is very medicinal when used internally and on the skin.

All of these medicinal spices and powders can be found either online or at your local health food store. Enjoy the holidays in style and boost your health at the same time!

Article sources:
Health Benefits of Consuming Spices
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