You know when midday hits and caffeine and/or a snack is calling your name? Well, for me, this delicious concoction satisfies both.
It’s warm, indulgent, filling, and gives an all natural boost. And it doesn’t come from a packet that you shake into a mug. This is the real deal. The secret to it’s benefits lies in the ingredients: the superfoods. Cacao and maca.
Cacao is one of the most powerful antioxidants on the planet. The list of wonderful things it can do for your health goes on and on, but here are just some of the reasons to add it to your regular diet:
- Increases mood
- Reduces hunger
- Creates energy
- Prevents heart disease
I don’t need reasons to eat chocolate, but this information definitely encourages me even more.
Keep in mind, to get these benefits it must be in its raw, naturally fermented state, not chocolate with sugar, milk, and other ingredients added. When milk is added, the dairy actually blocks the absorption of the antioxidants.
Maca powder is an ingredient that I love to add to my smoothies and baked goods, especially ones containing chocolate because I love the combination.
Like cacao, the benefits for consuming maca is extensive, but here is the short list:
- Increases libido
- Improves mental and physical energy
- Helps skin health
- Balances mood and hormones
This food is highly nutritious, but consume it in small amounts. Starting at just 1/2 teaspoon and working your way up to about a tablespoon per day is recommended.
Now for the recipe!
In a small pot:
- 2 cups almond milk
- 2 tbsp cacao powder
- About 1 tbsp cacao butter
- 1 tsp maca powder
- Sweetener of your choice (I used stevia, but honey would also be a great natural option.)
Continue to stir over medium heat with a whisk until all ingredients are incorporated together. Pour into mugs and enjoy!