Lavender Hot Chocolate
Fall is here and winter is just around the corner! During this time I start craving a nice cup of hot chocolate, but there's more meaning behind that than what immediately meets the eye (or stomach). Not only does hot chocolate fill me with nostalgia, it also builds my immunity. That is actually the origin of the tradition. Unfortunately nowadays, most hot cocos on the market contain a bunch of GMO's, processed sugars, and preservatives. Ugh!
Luckily I have a healthy alternative recipe to those gross chocolate packets where you just add water. Here's what you need:
- Dried lavender flower (if you don't have it you can opt for lavender teabags)
- Cacao Powder
- Coconut milk
- Cayenne (optional)
- Steep dried lavender flowers (Or teabags) in hot water to your liking, then remove.
- Add 1 teaspoon of cacao powder to the mug, stir to mix the lavender and cacao together.
- Add the sweetener of your choice; agave, honey, stevia, etc.
- Add coconut milk. (Or any milk of your choice)
- If you want to get a little spicy, add a dash of cayenne pepper (which also tastes amazing!)
This recipe is super easy to make and it has so many healthy benefits!
Lavender is calming and helps to reduce stress. Stress lowers your immune system, which you obviously need to be strong, so it can fight and prevent different illnesses. Less stress = Stronger Immunity! Plus lavender smells and tastes amazing.
Cacao powder is high in antioxidants. It builds your immunity and inhibits viruses from entering different cells in our body. In Japan, there was a study with mice and their consumption of cacao powder. Scientists noticed that flu cells could not get into certain mice after their consumption of cacao powder. (Pretty cool huh?!). Cacao also acts as an anti inflammatory.
Cayenne pepper brings heat into the body and dispels coldness, hence the phrase, catch a "cold". It is also high in vitamin A, which is essential for mucus membrane health. Cayenne pepper is also high in vitamin C, which definitely helps to build immunity.
Drinking hot coco has been a tradition for years during cold/flu season. So maybe the next time you have a sweet tooth and get that craving for a warm cup of hot coco, try lavender hot coco instead. It's super yummy and its beneficial for your health!
What more can you ask for <3