Healthy Hot Chocolate KP Styley

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Healthy Hot Chocolate KP Styley.

Come on, who doesn’t love a big, steamy, milky, luxurious mug of hot chocolate?

Warming?  Feels like a hug in a mug?  Hits you with your chocolate fix?

Am I right?

Well, I’m here to tell you you can have ALL that, but you can make it much healthier. IF you don’t shovel marshmallows on it, that is.  And that’s not such a buzzkill.

Here’s my take on healthy hot chocolate.  KP style.

This is spicy, healthy hot chocolate and it’s totally yummy. It’s not a gut-busting, heart stopping bucket of cream, sugar and chocolate. It even contains HORMONE-HELPING maca powder.

Lets’s start with the chocolate or in this case – raw cacao.

 

Raw Cacao

Cacao is a nut. Chocolate is made from the nut.  Cacao is rich in magnesium, chromium, iron, manganese and much more! A powerhouse of health and fertility fuelling nutrients.  A so-called superfood.

Not so much when it’s processed into chocolate..unless it’s 70% plus cocoa solids dark chocolate.

But you can buy raw organic cacao as a power in health stores. I get mine from Superfoodies.  It’s generally better for you than processed hot chocolate powder or commercial cocoa powder. Check the labels.

Now lets’s also say a few words about hormone-helping Maca.

 

Maca Powder

So bloomin’ hormone helping I wrote  a whole blog on it!

This creamy, white powder balances hormones, Increases vim and vigour…including sperm count!  It’s protein packed, although not a complete protein.

It tastes like butterscotch to me. Totally yummy.

So onto the recipe.

 

Recipe – Ingredients for One

1 mug of organic milk or non dairy milk – I find almond milk or hazelnut milk works well.

1-2 tablespoons raw organic cacao powder

1 teaspoon maca powder (mine also from Superfoodies )

Sweeten to taste – I use a small pitta date when I blend it OR 1/2-1 tsp rice syrup, honey, maple syrup, coconut palm sugar., …whatever you choose. Avoid white sugar and artificial sweetener, preferably as they are not good for health and hormones.

Pinch cayenne, ground ginger/ground cinnamon to taste  – OPTIONAL

 

 

Recipe – Method

whisking healthy hot chocolate

Warm your milk gently in a pan.  Don’t boil it.

Either whisk in the the ingredients as above OR better still, blend up in your blender to make it super frothy and creamy. I use my super duper, super affordable Froothie blender.

Sprinkle with raw cacao or cinnamon.

Shhhllurrrrpppppp.

Play around with the recipe to find your own version …and enjoy!

 

This will warm the cockles of your heart as my old Granny used to say. And you can wind it in, smugly, knowing it’s healthy hot chocolate too!

 

Love,

Maca – Hormone Balancing Superfood For Women?

 

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Maca – Hormone Balancing Superfood For Women?

 

Want happier hormones? To boost natural fertility. Or maybe the strength of an Inca warrior? Who doesn’t want the strength of an Inca Warrior, eh?

Shall I tell you how?

So, say hello to MACA powder .

 

What Is Maca?

Maca is a root. And it’s an adaptogenic “herb”.  That just means it’s balances.

It’s believed to work on hormone balance by influencing the hypothalamus and the rest of the hormone system.  It’s believed to provide “building blocks” that help glands produce more and better quality hormones.

Maca is thought to increase sperm count and increase female fertility.  So it’s great if you’re planning a baby.

It improves body heat and oxygen uptake.

The powder has been used in Peru for hormone balance, stamina, energy and livening up the libido for over 2000 years. It’s so nutrient-dense, it’s known as Peruvian Ginseng with calcium, potassium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, silica and zinc to help get you buzzing.

It’s not a complete protein, but has lots of amino acids and is about 10% protein by weight.

 

How Can I Take Maca?

I prefer to buy mine as a powder.  Some women take it in capsule form.

I love the powder. It smells deliciously like butterscotch and tastes similar to a malted milk drink to me.

Delish. Ooh I’ve gone all “Nigella”.

I mainly add mine to smoothies and juices, yoghurt, porridge or desserts and use about a rounded/heaped teaspoon per day of an organic brand. It’s been so widely used in Peru, it’s believed very safe to take in moderation.

You may choose to be cautious if pregnant, breast-feeding or suffering a serious condition: always ask your doc if unsure.

Are you a Maca-lovin’ Mama with recipes to share? I’d  love to see them.  Get in touch if you’d like to share them.

 

Love,