A really great way to move towards a healthier diet is to take foods you enjoy and add things to make them healthier.
So whilst a simple hot chocolate could be just cacao, sweetener and milk, adding spices results in a more medicinal drink.
Why is it healthy?
These spices are all wonderfully supportive to both digestion and the respiratory tract so perfect for winter sickness:
*Cinnamon – antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, improves circulation, balances blood-sugar levels *Cardamon – antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, improves circulation, calming and soothing to the gut *Ginger – improves circulation, anti-inflammatory especially to the gut, respiratory and muscular-skeletal systems *Turmeric – powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and supports liver function (and, therefore, digestion) *Vanilla – antioxidant and anti-inflammatory
This immune supportive, healthy hot chocolate is easy to make and taste super delicious.
PREP 5 MINUTES | COOK 5 MINUTES | TOTAL 10 MINUTES | SERVES: 2
2 tablespoons cacao powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
¼ teaspoon ginger, ground
¼ teaspoon turmeric, ground
¼ teaspoon cardamon, ground
¼ teaspoon vanilla powder or essence
Sweetener of your choice, *to taste (rapadura, coconut sugar, honey, rice malt syrup, stevia)
450 ml milk of your choice (I choose coconut milk)
Mix the cacao and spices together into a mug or cup.
Mix to combined then divide between the two cups.
Add the sweetener to each cup (if required).
Heat the milk of your choice on the stove or microwave if you must.
Add a little hot milk to each cup and mix to dissolve the cacao, spices and sweetener. Top with the rest of the milk and enjoy.
* Try to reduce the amount of sweetener you use over time.