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 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.