Nourishing Hot Cocoa

One of my favorite ways to stay nourished and healthy in the winter months (when our bodies get less Vitamin D from the sun) is to add herbs and adapotogens to warm and cozy beverages. Here is my preferred recipe for a warming hot cocoa beverage that soothes the body and supports the immune system. To learn more about the herbs I include in my elixir follow the links or feel free to comment with questions!

In a clean and dry jar combine:

¼ cup  cacao powder (not cocoa powder!)

½ Tablespoon  Chaga or Reishi powder or a mushroom blend, like this one by Harmonic Arts

½ Tablespoon of Cinnamon and Ginger

1 teaspoon Astragalus root powder

1 teaspoon Marshmallow Root Powder

1 tablespoon coconut sugar

This is your healing hot cocoa powder. 

To make two cups, heat water or your preferred milk on the stovetop. Whisk in 3 tablespoons of the hot cocoa mix.

I like to add a tablespoon of dark chocolate chips or a little extra coconut sugar as it simmers on the stove.  When warm and chocolate is melted, pour into your thermos or mug and top with a little extra cinnamon. 

If you have a milk frother at home, adding some light and frothy milk (oat milk is my preference) takes it to another level!

My kids love it and I am pleased that it contains a bit less sugar than a conventional hot chocolate mix as well as herbs that nourish their bodies.

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