Baby It’s Cold Outside – DIY Superfood Hot Chocolate
Hmmm… another day, another
deep freeze Polar Vortex So goes the month of January, and February… and if you’re in the northern hemisphere, usually even March… In other words, winter won’t be done with us for some time yet. And when you couple this with the lack of sunlight during these winter months, possibly leading to an onset of SAD (seasonal affective disorder) well, it’s time for some serious action – CHOCOLATE – REAL CHOCOLATE, or better yet REAL HOT CHOCOLATE, and all of the “Happy” neurotransmitters it contains!
There was a time, not so long ago, when we were warned that chocolate wasn’t good for us, and should only be consumed on special occasions. Well, while this might be true when it comes to the conventional, highly processed, chemically laden chocolate that’s widely available, new research is finding this is NOT the case when it comes to the REAL, HIGH QUALITY CHOCOLATE, the one that is in its pure state and still has all of its nutrients.
Why Chocolate is Good for You
In fact, research is finding that chocolate is a powerhouse of nutrients, including some of the minerals our western population has been found to be most deficient in like Magnesium, Chromium and Iron (which are present in therapeutic levels in chocolate), as well as antioxidants, not to mention all the Bliss and Love Chemicals! Phenethylamine (PEA) is a neurotransmitter naturally created by the adrenals that make us feel more focused and alert, and creates the feeling of falling in love, hence the Love Chemical. Anandamide, found in no other food besides chocolate is another neurotransmitter. It promotes a better mood and feelings of elation, and is known as the Bliss Chemical.
What this means is that eating chocolate, (the good chocolate), is not only delicious, but it can also provide nutrients that help our bodies feel better physically and emotionally, the perfect antidote to winter’s frigid temperatures if ever there was one. Unfortunately, heat destroys much of these compounds, so in order to enjoy their full benefits, it’s best to choose the pure raw Cacao chocolate products.
Super Charged Superfood DIY Gourmet Hot Chocolate
Now if we were just dealing with the regular winter blahs, a regular hot chocolate might do, but a Polar Vortex calls for something special, a super charged Superfood Hot Chocolate. This super charged Superfood DIY Gourmet Hot Chocolate is filled with high quality REAL food and REAL nutrients that will not only enhance your body’s ability to heal and rejuvenate, but will also make you happy.
A little about the Ingredients
Aside from Raw Cacao Powder, this recipe also includes Raw Cacao Nibs, which can be blended into the hot chocolate for an extra layer of rich chocolate flavor or added in afterwards for a little texture. It also includes Maca, a superfood that is grown at high altitudes in the Andes. Maca is able to survive in extreme climates, demonstrating its hardiness and adaptogenic qualities. Maca has a number of health promoting benefits including hormone balancing as well as energy, stamina and immune boosting properties.
Chaga is another superfood that can be added to this Hot Chocolate. Chaga is a medicinal mushroom that has been undergoing a bit of a resurgence of late. Its use dates back thousands of years, including in Chinese Medicine. Recent studies have since confirmed its nutrient density and immune boosting, as well as cancer fighting properties.
The sweeteners recommended are unprocessed sweeteners such as coconut sugar, maple sugar, honey… These sweeteners have not been stripped of their minerals – minerals which are needed to help the body process the sugar. The same is true of the Pink Himalayan salt / Sea Salt, which also contain all of its minerals and is a perfect complement to chocolate. Vanilla – need we say more! Vanilla’s scent and flavor is legendary and enticing, but pure vanilla also provides health benefits as its various compounds, vitamins and minerals help relieve pain, stress, anxiety, depression among others.
With all of its deliciousness and all of its health benefits, this Hot Chocolate is the perfect addition to your winter survival kit! You might even find yourself staring defiantly right into the eye of the Polar Vortex and smiling, knowing with a sense of certainty that it will not defeat you! 😉
Give it a try and let us know how it works for you!
2 Cups of Organic Nut Milk or Organic Dairy Milk
2 TBSP Raw Organic Coconut Oil
2 TBSP Raw Organic Cacao Powder
1 TBSP Raw Organic Maca Powder
½ TBSP Chaga Powder (wild food)
1 to 2 TBSP of Organic Coconut Sugar or unprocessed sweetener of choice
1 good sized pinch of Pink Himalayan Salt or Sea Salt
1 good sized pinch of Organic Vanilla
1 TBSP Raw Organic Cacao Nibs
Warm up your nut milk to your liking, (avoid boiling though if you want to preserve the nutrients).
Add the milk to your blender. Add in the Coconut Oil, the Cacao Powder, the Maca Powder, the Chaga Powder, the Coconut Sugar or sweetener of choice, the Salt and the Vanilla. Blend till frothy. Pour into cups and add the Cacao Nibs. You can also blend the cacao nibs with the rest of the ingredients, but putting them in last adds a nice texture, as the nibs soften a little after soaking in the hot chocolate for a few minutes.
We’ve also assembled a convenient DIY kit with all the harder to find necessities to make our Superfood DIY Gourmet Hot Chocolate. Chaga Mushroom powder is available separately here. Visit us at Fresh Unlimited.
A Cognac Infusion?
FOR ADULTS ONLY, If you’re feeling adventurous add a little twist to your hot chocolate with a splash of cognac for a little extra warmth. This is also a great addition when entertaining friends and family. There are not a lot of organic cognacs in the market at this point, but there are a few. If you live in Quebec, the Leopold Gourmel Bio Attitude is available at any SAQ store. Here are a couple more; Du Peyrat Rare Prestige Organic Cognac and
Guy Pinard et Fils Cognac
The bitterness of the chocolate allows you to add different herbs, which in many cases, increases the efficiency of both the chocolate and the herbs added to it. Look for herbs with a mild to slightly bitter flavor such as any medicinal mushroom mycelium products or Chinese medicine herbs like Ho Shou Wu, reishi etc… I’ve also successfully added an ormus mineral powder with no effect on the taste.
So go ahead, experiment and see just how super charged your hot chocolate could be!
Notes: The benefits of the superfoods outlined here just scratch the surface and are beyond the scope of this article, but we urge you to look further into their nutrient profiles and have included a few links below to get you started.
Chocolate/Cacao: Latest research on Cacao Shows…
7 Health Benefits of Drinking Hot Cocoa
A Note about Marshmallows
If you like marshmallows in your hot chocolate, as many people do, this is a great recipe from the Urban Poser that’s also pretty easy and comes with video instructions.