WHAT'S BETTER THAN curling up under a blanket with a cup of hot cocoa in the winter? We've ditched the boxed mix that's got all kinds of weird things in it (like corn syrup solids, cellulose gum and sodium caseinate to name a few) for a healing version that improves your memory and your mood. Let us reiterate--HEALTHY hot chocolate that makes you happy? Sounds like a win-win, right?
Here's a breakdown of why it's so good for you:
The fatty acids found in this root helps alleviates stress and symptoms of depression, which a lot of us tend to have during the winter months. It also improves your analytical skills and cognitive function, both of which are important for memory, so you might want to have it before that big meeting or test.
Raw Cocoa Powder
Rich in antioxidants, cocoa powder has the power to protect the cells of our bodies from premature destruction. It also elevates mood thanks to phenethylamine, which triggers the release of pleasure-inducing endorphins and dopamine in the brain.
Yet another mood and mind enhancer! A recent study found that this vibrant orange spice was as effective as Prozac in alleviating the symptoms of depression. Plus, it boosts the levels of the brain hormone BDNF, which increases the growth of new neurons.
Healthy Hot Cocoa Tonic
- 1 cup almond milk, warmed on stovetop
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened cacao powder
- 1/2 teaspoon raw maca powder
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 3 dashes cinnamon
- stevia, to taste
In a medium sauce pan, add the milk and all other ingredients. Gently warm milk, stirring occasionally until warm and well combined, about 5-10 minutes.
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