Since 2018 started, I made the commitment to get my nutrition back on track. This was much needed after a very indulgent December. This is not really easy for me as I have a huge sweet tooth. But I also realized that it is not healthy if sugar has this kind of power over me!
Now when my sweet tooth strikes, I either grab a piece of dark chocolate or I make myself a healthy version of a good old cup of hot chocolate! It is quickly prepared but tastes like the real deal. My boyfriend requests one at least two to three times a week. And with Valentine’s Day only one day away, this is the perfect way to show some love to your body and your mind.
Unsweetened cacao holds many health benefits. The Incas called it the drink of god. And this name could not be more correct. Raw cacao can improve your memory, which is very important when you want to stay on top of your game as a badass bosslady. 👩🏼💻 It also decreases the risk of heart diesease, helps you loose those few extra pounds, boosts immunity, and makes you energized.
Those benefits can only be achieved when consuming cacao in its rawest form. Think unsweetened cacao powder. When adding milk, sugar and the like to turn it into a solid food, also known as chocolate, the amazing benefits of this superfood are actually stripped away. Studies have found that adding dairy does block the absorption of antioxidants. As sad as it sounds to all those chocolate lovers out there (myself included), you can only experience cacao’s whole potential when consuming it in its raw form.
But do not fear! With my delicious hot chocolate recipe you get your chocolate fix by simultaneously getting all the nutrients. Why not surprise your boo with a cup of healthy hot chocolate in bed tomorrow morning?
1 cup coconut milk
1 tbsp raw unsweetened cacao powder
optional agave syrup
Heat the milk on the stove or in the microwave. Put 1 tbsp cacao powder in a cup. Pour milk over the cacao powder while stirring. Add agave syrup for some sweetness.
Download the whole recipe here.
Will you make this recipe for your Valentine? Let me know in the comments!