superfood hot chocolate

Yesterday the weather was relentless and we got close to another foot of snow!  I’m worried it’s going to be June before we see the ground again.  What to do on a snowy day?  Make mugs of Superfood Hot Chocolate to warm you up!

Superfood Hot Chocolate ~vegan~

In addition to using raw cacao powder, I added ginger, cinnamon, turmeric and coconut oil, which are all immune boosting and anti-inflammatory ingredients.

Check it out!

Superfood Hot Chocolate ~vegan~

Cacao:  Contains high amounts of magnesium and high levels of  flavonoids, an antioxidant responsible for decreasing inflammation and ridding the body of free-radicals.  If possible, buy raw cacao powder instead processed cocoa powder.  Cocoa powder is heated to high temperatures, which destroys some of its healing qualities.

Ginger:  A reliever to GI upset, but also a potent anti-inflammatory.  Gingerols, a substance found in ginger is responsible for decreasing pain and inflammation in people suffering from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Cinnamon:  Similar to ginger, cinnamon has anti-inflammatory and antioxidants properties.  Some studies even suggest that cinnamon helps with insulin resistance.

Turmeric:  A very potent anti-inflammatory agent due to curcurmin, the compound that gives turmeric its bright yellow color.  In addition to decreasing inflammation and pain in those suffering from arthritis, turmeric protects cells from oxidative stress.

Coconut Oil:  Contains lauric acid, which may fight off bacteria, fungus and viruses.  Also, a good source of medium chain triglycerides that contain anti-aging properties.

Superfood Hot Chocolate ~vegan~

superfood hot chocolate
 
Makes 2 large portions
Author:
Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 cups of milk of your choice (hemp, soy, almond, etc.)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder (or cocoa powder if you don't have cacao!)
  • 2-3 tablespoons maple syrup (adjust according to your taste)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • pinch sea salt
Instructions
  1. Warm all ingredients in a saucepan over low heat, whisking occasionally.
  2. Transfer to a blender and pulse until frothy. (optional step)
  3. Top with coconut, soy or rice whip for fun!
  4. Enjoy!

 I am NOT a winter person.  I turn purple when I go outside, seriously.  I am so ready for winter to be over!  However, each storm we get continues to amaze me.  It is so beautiful out there!  Plus, Al Roker promised me this morning that the worst of the winter chill is over…I hope he’s right!!!

Superfood Hot Chocolate ~vegan~

 Superfood Hot Chocolate ~vegan~

Superfood Hot Chocolate ~vegan~

Stay warm :)

carrot ginger lemon zinger

Looks like we have to make our own sunshine around here these days!  The rain just won’t leave us alone!

Carrot Ginger Lemon Zinger

The juice of sweet carrots, tart lemons and spicy ginger will be sure to brighten your day…and your health!

It’s sunshine in a glass!

carrot ginger lemon zinger juice

Carrots contain high levels of vitamin A and beta-carotene.  By consuming only two carrots you will exceed your RDA of vitamin A!  Beta-carotene is great for eye vision and has been proven to protect against macular degeneration and cataracts.

However, the heavy hitter of this juice is the fresh ginger root.  Ginger is well known for its medicinal properties, especially of the digestive system.  Ginger helps alleviate gastrointestinal distress and prevents motion sickness…morning sickness too pregnant ladies :)  It also contains anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols.  These compounds help reduce pain in those suffering from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.  These gingerol compounds inhibit the inflammatory “messengers” sent from the immune system, thereby reducing inflammation and pain or discomfort.  Pretty powerful stuff!

Last but not least is the lemon…the combination of lemon and ginger turn this juice into scrubbing bubbles for your whole system!  The burst of enzymes detoxifies the liver and increases gastric juices aiding in digestion.

Carrot Ginger Lemon Zinger

Carrot Ginger Lemon Zinger

10 carrots

1 lemon, peeled

1 inch piece of ginger root, peeled

Carrot Ginger Lemon Zinger