Hot cacao superfood elixir
I often get asked about this cacao elixir on my Instagram stories. Its so much easier to make than it looks and comes together faster than a coffee. I love to have this drink before a meditation or to simply start my day (poured over ice on hot summer days is amazing too). This cacao drink helps strengthen the adrenal glands, boosts the immune system, is energizing and high in antioxidants.
I use adaptogens that have really helped me over the last couple of years to balance my hormones and adrenals that were out of whack: maca, ashwagandha and shatavari. In short: adaptogenic herbs/roots help repair adrenal glands, thyroid function, hormone imbalances, etc. - depending on the herb specifically. These roots have adapted to grow in harsh climates; hence the name adaptogenic. This helps the system become more adaptable to stress and anything that messes with the adrenal glands.
Maca is known to be used for mens fertility issues, reduces hot flashes/night sweats in menopausal women (or those with hormone imbalance like myself), low energy, anemia, memory, athletic performance, increased libido in both men and women (amongst many other things) Avoid maca if you have thyroid issues.
Ashwagandha is great as a women's adaptogen for the reproductive system: balancing hormones, insomnia, weakness, relieves painful periods/endometriosis, infertility in men and women, highly antioxidant, anti-ageing, fights panic attacks, nervous exhaustion, joint paint/inflammation... the list goes on and on. Avoid ashwagandha during pregnancy.
Shatavari is also known as wild asparagus. This one is the grainiest texture of all (at least the brands I have tried so far) so its not incredinly smooth in lattes but shatavari has so many positive effects that I've really come to like it. It's very cost efficient and loaded with benefits, I'm surprised its not as mainstream as the others. This adaptogen is cooling, incredible for the female reproductive organs, PMS, cramping, low libido, soothes the respiratory tract, soothes the digestive tract, gastritis, peptic ulcers, Crohn's disease, anti-fungal for candida and thrush, antibacterial against salmonella, e-coli and even an antiviral to herpes. It also protects the blood producing cells, promotes memory, aids in ADHD, reduces anxiety and stress... I could keep going but the list would never seem to end. Find this herb and get it in your cupboard, elixirs and smoothies!
Unlike conventional chocolate bars, raw cacao (pronounced 'kah-cow', not coco) is unprocessed and should not contain dairy - dairy blocks the body from absorbing the antioxidant properties found in cacao. My favourite milk these days is coconut, maybe its the beach baby in me that loves the coconut but that flavour is so luxurious and compliments all of my favourite drinks, not to mention it's velvety smoooooth.
what you'll need...
1 tbsp raw organic fair-trade cacao powder
1 tsp maca and/or 1 tsp ashwagandha and/or 1tsp shatavari
1 tsp coconut nectar or sweetner of choice
1 cup coconut milk (I measure mine out in the mug I am using)
or 1/2 cup coconut milk + 1/2 cup hot water if you don't want it that rich.
Just milk method: in a small sauce pan or milk pot, bring milk to a simmer on low heat. Add powders to the mug and add a little bit of hot coconut milk and whisk (I use one like this here or here) before adding the rest of the warmed milk, froth using an electric mini whisk and pour over the cacao mixture.
Milk + water method: bring a kettle to boil, remove from heat and let sit open for a few minutes. In the meantime warm the milk in a small sauce pan or milk pot. Add powders to mug and add a small amount of boiled water and use an electric whisk, removing any clumps. Add more water to fill half way, then the rest in warmed frothed milk. Enjoy!