I’ve tried to make healthy hot chocolate multiple times but never got the recipe right, from it being too sweet to having a powdery after taste. However my many trial and errors finally led to the perfect mug of cocoa and the best part is that it’s super easy to make, you don’t need a frother or any special ingredient.
- 1-2 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (I used 1/4 tsp vanilla paste)
- 1tsp honey (or agave syrup)
- 1 1/2 cups of milk ( I used almond, you can use any plant-based milk as well)
- Pour 1 1/4 cup milk in a blender and let it blend while you prep the chocolate
- Mix 1/4 milk, cacao, cinnamon and vanilla in a saucepan over low heat.
- Whisk the chocolate over low heat until it starts to thicken.
- Turn off the heat when the cacao is creamy and whisk in the frothed milk.
- Top with cinnamon or cacao powder.
There it is! The easiest, perfect hot chocolate recipe. You can definitely make this recipe vegan if you like by switching out the honey. I hope you try it out and follow for more recipes like this one. Thank you for reading xoxo.
This amazing recipe is a nutrient dense, caffeine free and totally delicious drink to curb those coffee cravings and boost your gut health. This latte contains turmeric, which has anti-inflammatory properties, improving digestion and skin health. It also contains cinnamon which lowers blood sugar levels and has antimicrobial effects, as well as cardamom which is great for the liver and is packed with antioxidants. In other words, this is one powerful latte! So here’s how you can make it.
- 1/2 – 1 cup almond milk (or any milk)
- 1/2 tsp organic turmeric powder
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp cardamom or 5 pods
- 2/4 tsp vanilla (optional)
- 1/2 tsp erythritol/stevia blend (or any sweetener of choice)
- Combine 1/2 a cup of milk to 1/2 a cup of water or use 1 full cup of milk.
- Whisk in the spices and sugar while on medium heat.
- Bring to a simmer. Strain the milk into a mug to remove any undissolved spices.
Other Optional Ingredients:
- Lemon zest
- Ground Black pepper
Let me know down in the comments if you do try out this recipe. Thank you for reading and please like and follow for more recipes like this one, xoxo.
Lately I’ve been feeling out of sorts, my afternoon dip has worsened, I find it hard to concentrate and I feel sick after meals. Especially after my birthday weekend, with all the cake and indulgent eating, I think it’s time for a week of detox. This is to repair my gut, increase my energy and boost my metabolism. Throughout this week I will be sharing my plan to re-stabilise my body and flush out the toxins (giving you all advice and keeping myself in check at the same time). Keep in mind that you should not take any drastic steps in your diet or workout without consulting your doctor first, you don’t want to consume too few calories or work your body into burnout. So here is my guide for the week ahead.
Things to avoid:
- Sugar (no more cake)
- Gluten (this might be harder for some of you, but try and give it your best shot)
- Coffee (I know it hurts)
- Processed foods
Things to enjoy:
- Chia seeds
- Almond milk
- Herbal teas
- Water (a lot of it)
IN A TIPICAL DETOX DAY…
- Drink water as soon as you wake up
- Workout for 30-60mins
- Drink lemon water before breakfast
- Have a smoothie for breakfast
- Drink more water
- Switch coffee for some green tea
- Have a clean lunch; this can be a soup, salad, quinoa and veggies with chicken…
- You guessed it, more water
- Dinner: keep it light
- Water, water, water!
- Intermittent fasting can be an additional boost to detox your gut
- Get 7-8 hrs of sleep
- Practice mindfulness for at least 10 mins
- You can keep meat/poultry in your diet for protein if you like or you can leave it out
- Exercising shouldn’t be taxing on your body, don’t overdo it
- Chia seeds? They cleanse the gut, removing toxins and they keep you satisfied for longer.
- Water? Most of the time our cells are screaming for water and we’re too busy to notice. Water literally will flush out toxins and it’s also necessary for bowel movement (yeah, I just had to go there).
- Coffee? Let’s make this simple, it gets you high but you’ll eventually crash and you will crash hard. Why don’t we take a break from the adenosine attack.
I hope you all got something from this post, follow for more like this to come. Thank you for reading, xoxo.
- Detox water– drinking warm lemon water in the morning helps to boost your digestion and metabolism. I usually squeeze half a lemon into warm water, and I drink this on an empty stomach. You can choose to add honey, ginger or apple cider vinegar to further promote the anti-bacterial properties. However keep in mind that ginger and the apple cider can be harsher on sensitive digestive systems and these may not be the right ingredients for you. It all depends on how you feel.
- 1 month reset– this can be challenging but it is definitely worth the effort if you want to re-establish gut health or repair any damage. The reset involves avoiding sugar, processed foods, gluten and dairy for a whole month. The reason for a month is that it takes quite some time for your body to eliminate gluten. I have been consistently gluten and dairy free for years now and I know it’s not easy for everyone, which is why a reset may be a better option for most people.Processed foods involve anything store-bought that has those long ingredients lists that you can’t even pronounce and sugar would be refined sugars such as; white bread, pasta, white rice, cane sugar, energy drinks, sodas and cake. I know it hurts. On the bright side, you can use unrefined sugars such as coconut sugar.
- intermittent fasting – this is something I’ve mentioned before, it’s a versatile method and you can read more about the various methods to approaching it. I’m currently on the 16/8 method, which means I fast for 16 hours and eat during the 8. I don’t eat any less or more, this is just to give your gut more time to rest. It also has the added bonus of promoting weight loss.
- 5 daily servings – it is recommended to have 5 servings of fruit and vegetables, preferably in their raw state. Try to incorporate these into your meals; an easy way would be in a breakfast smoothie. I like having fruit with my oats, veggies with my main meals and fruits as snacks, this allows me to get in my 5 daily servings. This is because they are packed with fibre which help improve gut health and digestive movements.
- 1-2 days w/o meat/poultry – this is a weekly habit that is pretty easy to keep up with. Meat and poultry are pretty hard on our digestive system, so it’s beneficial to let our gut heal and repair by taking 1 or 2 days off. From this, you can try to observe how you feel, as your gut often affects how you feel overall, you may find yourself more energised on these days.
- massage your greens– this seems unusual but it actually works, while greens do provide us with fibre, their cell structure may be hard to digest. This is why you should massage greens, like kale for example, with some olive oil to break it down.
- intolerances/allergies – this is something that has completely changed my life. Food intolerances are not to be underestimated, they can seriously damage your gut and your overall health. If you can get tests done for your allergies, that’s great, but most of the time you have to understand your body’s reaction yourself. Notice how you feel after eating certain foods and gradually eliminate those you feel do more harm than good. I have an intolerance to gluten and dairy, but I am allergic to peanuts, soy and seafood and it’s often trial and error with this, for example; I can drink almond milk and use almond flour but I can’t eat almonds.
You can always research more about food types and their effects for your own knowledge or if you think you’re reacting badly to certain foods. I’d suggest learning more about high histamine, high folate, and high copper foods, just to get started. Of course this depends on your body type, it’s always helpful to get tests done to check if you have any deficiencies or excesses, as that may also be a factor.
I hope you all enjoyed this post, if you have any tips you’d like to share, leave a comment down below. Thank you all for reading and please follow for more tips like these, xoxo.