Healthy Hot Chocolate

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Serves 1

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Winter is all about snuggling up with a hot drink by the fire under a blanket.   I love hot chocolate, but the sugary versions full of melted chocolate normally leave me feeling a little bit sick afterwards! So I’ve come up with a version that is free from refined sugar, is super delicious, and is full of superfoods so it’s actually nutritious.  I personally think it tastes better than the sugary version and is very nourishing during the colder months because of the additional spices I’ve added. It can be made vegan friendly and dairy free by using a milk of your choice – I used almond milk for mine.

The main ingredient is raw cacao powder, which is the purest form of chocolate you can consume.  It’s unsweetened, and hasn’t undergone all the processing that we find in normal chocolate, meaning it’s packed with antioxidants (the things that are believed to help prevent ageing, cancer and all other sorts of diseases), and is also high in magnesium and calcium.  It can also act as a natural mood elevator and anti-depressant – so can hopefully help those suffering from the winter blues.

Ingredients:

  • 350ml milk of your choice (I use almond milk)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon honey (or natural sweetener of your choice – you could try date syrup, maple syrup or coconut sugar)
  • pinch of ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon almond butter

Method:

  1. Combine all the ingredients into a saucepan and heat over a low heat.
  2. Continually stir the mixture until all the ingredients are combined (this might take quite a lot of stirring!)
  3. Once the mixture starts to boil turn of the heat and pour into mugs.  If you have a milk frother you can use this to create a foamy top.

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Turmeric Latte

Prep time: 5 minutes

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Turmeric is slowly becoming the nation’s favourite health food.  Last year, the Guardian even named the turmeric latte (also known as Golden Milk) as our ‘2016 drink of choice’. Not only is this drink super warming and caffeine free (yet tastes a bit like a chai latte), it has tons of nutritious benefits.  It’s full of antioxidants and has been proven to act as an anti-inflammatory.  This is due to the curcumin compound that is found in turmeric.  In fact, in Ayurvedic medicine, practitioners have been using turmeric to prevent serious health conditions such as heart disease and cancer.

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Turmeric is commonly used in cooking as a spice to add to curries and soups.  If you haven’t cooked with turmeric before, I’d recommend starting with less turmeric and building up to the full amount so that you get used to the taste.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 heaped teaspoon of honey
  • 1 heaped tablespoon of almond butter (this adds a creamy texture to the drink)
  • 350ml milk (I find almond milk goes really well with this drink but you can use any kind)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • A pinch of black pepper (This helps the absorption of curcumin to the bloodstream)

Method:

  1. Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor and mix until the liquid is combined and frothy.
  2. Warm in a saucepan over the stove for 1 – 2 minutes and pour into mugs.  You can use a milk frother to create a foamy texture if you like.

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