This creamy fat is not only dairy-free and delicious (the fat lactose is removed, leaving only the fat) but is rich in butyric acid, a short-chain fatty acid that acts as a detoxifier and improves colon health. It’s been shown to support healthy insulin levels and may be helpful for individuals suffering from IBS, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
Herbal or mushroom formulas that have been used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. They serve as energizing tonics to help people who are run down, weak or aging. They also increase the capacity of the body to resist and adjust to the stresses of life (and bring your body back into balance) and promote everything from healthy, glowing skin to a stronger immune system and better hormonal balance
This protein-packed powder powder can help to seal and heal the intestinal lining of your gastrointestinal tract — key for decreasing inflammation that can cause a plethora of symptoms from mood swings to weight-loss resistance
A sweet, anti-microbial, anti-biotic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral spice that can help lower cholesterol, high blood pressure and reduce aging
Is your mind blown yet? I find it fascinating how many foods you can simply add to your daily treats or rituals (like coffee) that not only up the flavor factor but do serious work for your health (think beautifying from within, increasing energy + brain power and reducing stress + inflammation).
Just like this hot chocolate and mexican mocha — which traditionally might not be the easiest or kindest foods on your brain, body or mood (as they’re typically loaded with dairy and sugar) but with the addition of the ingredients listed above becomes a powerhouse healing tonic.
I also love using homemade nut milk in either recipe as it’s much more creamier and nutrient-dense, not to mention absent of all the shelf-stabilizing chemicals you’ll find in lots of store-bought nut milk, BUT if that’s going to be a barrier to you enjoying this treat (aka too much work) try unsweetened almond milk from New Barn or canned coconut milk from Native Forest.
What are other holiday bevvies or treats you enjoy but don’t feel that great after indulging in? Any other recipes you’d love to learn how to upgrade? LMK in the comments below.
Bulletproof Hot Chocolate + Adaptogenic Mexican Mocha
Optional — 1 tsp maple syrup, coconut nectar or raw honey
If making the nut milk for the beverages, you’ll want to soak all nut milk ingredients together in a large bowl the day prior (at least 12 hours). Then strain through a cheese cloth or mesh strainer (I like these) and set aside.
Heat a stovetop pan over medium low-heat and melt together the oil, butter and spices.
Once melted add in the nut milk, collagen, adaptogens and sweetener.
Let warm and mix together for a few minutes, then transfer to a high-speed blender and pulsate until frothy
Pour into a mug (or two) . If making the mexican mocha add espresso (or you can leave it out if you want a treat sans caffeine).