Hot Cocoa Recipes - Surprise, It's Tasty And Rich in Antioxidants
That is a good question and I am wondering why myself. You don't know how many times, I debated about making a big pot of coffee and sipping on it all morning - especially since the roads are closed and I have no place to go.
I made a cup of green tea and that just didn't do it for me. Then I made a cup of bilberry tea, which did taste better. But I needed something a little more... indulgent. Ah, the one hot drink that keeps me from going back to a cup of coffee in the morning is my hot cocoa recipe.
Now, you are probably wondering how can hot cocoa be healthier than a cup of coffee? Well, not all hot cocoas are healthy for you - it depends on what you make it with. The secret healthy ingredients that not only make this cocoa taste great - but also make it good for you are raw, organic cocoa powder and virgin coconut oil.
Cocoa Health Benefits
Do you know what the best source of antioxidants is? With a higher ORAC value than blueberries, goji berries and the acai berry - combined! Raw, organic cocoa powder. Surprised? So was I. David Wolfe, in his book, Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future, lists organic cocoa as one of the 10 super foods - who knew?!
Since reading his book, I've started using his raw, organic cacoa (cocoa) powder to make my hot cocoa. To get the most antioxidants from this healthy drink, it is important that you purchase and use raw, organic cocoa powder or organic cacao powder. The Sunfood brand of organic cocoa powder has a really "chocolaty" taste and satisfies my chocolate cravings.
Coconut Oil Benefits
Coconut oil benefits our health in many ways, but it is especially good at protecting us from free radical damage. That's because this saturated fat consists primarily of medium chained fatty acids. Look for virgin coconut oil that is certified organic and made from fresh, organic coconuts. No chemicals or high heat should be used in the processing method.
Coconut oil is NOT hydrogenated, and contains NO trans fatty acids. Although it is a saturated fat, it is a medium chain fatty acid. This means that the body uses it more efficiently and it can be used quickly for energy.
Hot Cocoa Recipe
So how do you make this great tasting, antioxidant rich hot cocoa recipe?
1 Cup of Almond Milk - heat to warm temperature
1 Tablespoon of Raw, Extra-virgin, Certified Organic Coconut Oil
1 Tablespoon of Raw Organic Cocoa Powder
1/8 Teaspoon of Stevia
1/4 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
Mix with a small battery operated mixer. I find it a great tasting way to get the coconut oil benefits as well as the cocoa health benefits.This antioxidant drink is just one of many ways to get more antioxidants into your diet.
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