Jennifer May’s Choc-Tumeric Healthy Hot Chocolate

Jennifer May’s Choc-Turmeric Healthy Hot Chocolate

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 1.50 cups Califia Farms Unsweetened Vanilla Almond milk
 2 tbsp Raw cacao or organic cocoa (for magnesium, polyphenols and extra happy hormone support)
 2 tsp maple syrup or raw honey (for sweetness with added minerals)
 1 tsp cinnamon (anti-inflammatory and assists with balancing blood sugar)
 1.50 tsp turmeric (anti-inflammatory, immune boosting and mood boosting)
 1 Pinch black pepper (helps with better absorption of turmeric)
 1 Tiny pinch of good quality salt such as Himalayan rock salt or Celtic sea salt (improves the richness of taste whilst also adding important electrolytes)
 1 tsp coconut oil (adds MCT oils which are quickly converted to energy on a cellular level. Also contains lauric and caprylic acids which have an antimicrobial effect - killing nasty bacteria and yeast. Also makes it taste more creamy and delicious).

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Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl and then add to a saucepan over low to medium heat. Continue to whisk to allow a gentle foam to develop. Allow to warm to your desired heat. Serve topped with a light dash of cacao/cocoa.

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Tip: If you have a sweet tooth then try sprinkling 1/4 of a tsp of sugar over the top of the drink once poured. This way, you drink a small amount of sweet liquid with every mouthful which can make the drink feel more heavily sweetened than it is. This trick also works for children.

For particularly sugar-addicted kids (or adults) as a rule of thumb, start with a sweetened recipe to gain 'trust' in the recipe. Then gradually reduce the sugar each time you make it until you find the lowest level that is tolerated. This often results in enjoying a much lower level of sweetness in just days to weeks.

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Ingredients

 1.50 cups Califia Farms Unsweetened Vanilla Almond milk
 2 tbsp Raw cacao or organic cocoa (for magnesium, polyphenols and extra happy hormone support)
 2 tsp maple syrup or raw honey (for sweetness with added minerals)
 1 tsp cinnamon (anti-inflammatory and assists with balancing blood sugar)
 1.50 tsp turmeric (anti-inflammatory, immune boosting and mood boosting)
 1 Pinch black pepper (helps with better absorption of turmeric)
 1 Tiny pinch of good quality salt such as Himalayan rock salt or Celtic sea salt (improves the richness of taste whilst also adding important electrolytes)
 1 tsp coconut oil (adds MCT oils which are quickly converted to energy on a cellular level. Also contains lauric and caprylic acids which have an antimicrobial effect - killing nasty bacteria and yeast. Also makes it taste more creamy and delicious).

Directions

1

Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl and then add to a saucepan over low to medium heat. Continue to whisk to allow a gentle foam to develop. Allow to warm to your desired heat. Serve topped with a light dash of cacao/cocoa.

2

Tip: If you have a sweet tooth then try sprinkling 1/4 of a tsp of sugar over the top of the drink once poured. This way, you drink a small amount of sweet liquid with every mouthful which can make the drink feel more heavily sweetened than it is. This trick also works for children.

For particularly sugar-addicted kids (or adults) as a rule of thumb, start with a sweetened recipe to gain 'trust' in the recipe. Then gradually reduce the sugar each time you make it until you find the lowest level that is tolerated. This often results in enjoying a much lower level of sweetness in just days to weeks.

Jennifer May’s Choc-Tumeric Healthy Hot Chocolate
Jennifer May’s Choc-Turmeric Healthy Hot Chocolate Recipe
Jennifer May’s Choc-Turmeric Healthy Hot Chocolate Recipe

More info on health benefits:

This recipe contains several therapeutic foods which are well documented for their anti-inflammatory, mood boosting and health promoting effects. For example: 

Cacao is a rich source of magnesium (supporting mood, bowel health, muscle relaxation and reducing sugar cravings) and polyphenols (natural appetite control, blood sugar balancer, improves growth of healthy bacteria). Cacao is also a medicinal food shown to enhance dopamine and serotonin release – the feel good hormones. Cacao helps to open up airways and blood vessels, leading to improved focus, memory, mood and energy in a short space of time. Cacao is also a source of iron – one of the reasons us ladies love a bar of chocolate at that time of the month. 

Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory food, a natural antimicrobial (kills certain bacteria and yeasts) and is a well-studied mood booster. This study compared turmeric extract to fluoxetine (one of the highest selling antidepressants of all time) for treatment of major depressive disorder. Astoundingly, whilst the fluoxetine was effective in 64.7% of patients, the turmeric extract was also found to be effective in 62.5% of patients. There was also a significant improvement found when turmeric extract was combined with the fluoxetine. This is incredible research into the powerful effects of simple Nutrition. We can all use a little extra happiness right now – something as simple as a turmeric infused hot chocolate can help us get there.

About Jennifer:

Jennifer May is a Nutritionist, author and health speaker based in Sydney CBD. Jennifer is the Director of Food Intolerance Australia and Sydney City Nutritionist where she works both with patients directly and supporting large organisations in their corporate wellbeing initiatives. In her spare time, Jennifer also mentors students and new graduates of Nutrition and Dietetics and volunteers her time for numerous charities. Follow Jennifer on @sydneycitynutritionist and @foodintoleranceaustralia or check out her book Pure Health and Happiness.

For more details on Califia Farms visit: califiafarms.com.au or head to @califiafarms / #califiafarmsau

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