Cups of “Indulging” Comfort
Winter is here “WEATHER” we like it or not!
Warmth, comfort, small indulgences…these 2 healthy drinks top my list!
Perfecto for the Season! Enjoy!
Mayan hot Chocolate
Worth Noting: I suggest this delicious drink morning or afternoon. One evening, around 9 p.m., I indulged in a cup of this luscious hot chocolate. I ended up being awake, energetic and very focused until 1 a.m. I will have to admit that I got oodles of “stuff” done! Just sayin…
1 cup organic milk (or substitute for Almond milk)
2 tbsp. raw cacao powder
½ tsp. corn starch
¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
¼ tsp. ground chili pepper
1-2 tbsp. honey
*In a small mixing bowl, combine cacao, corn starch and spices.
*Adding a small amount of the milk, whisk into a paste.
*In a saucepan, heat remaining milk slowly over medium heat making sure to remove just before boiling.
*Slowly add the paste to the saucepan and simmer until slightly thickened.
*Pour into a mug and add honey to desired sweetness.
A bit of History: In Mayan society couples drank the sacred beverage on occasions of engagement and marriage. This was true chocolate and was said to achieve happiness and connection. If you have never tried eating raw chocolate, this heart opening experience is not to be missed! (the Sacred Cookbook – Forgotten Healing Recipes of the Ancients)
Worth Noting: I’ve come across a plethora of recipes for golden milk – this is a mixture of several recipes. Besides being so “healthy” it is simply delicious. A great drink in the evening before going to bed!!
2 cups coconut milk
½ tsp. cinnamon
1 ½ tsp. of turmeric
1 tsp. ginger (I use fresh and grate it into the saucepan)
¼ tsp. pepper
Honey to taste
*Stir all ingredients (except honey) in saucepan. Simmer 10 minutes on low heat. Strain the mixture to dispose of the ginger. Add honey to taste.
*Pour into a mug. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Makes 2 servings – perfect to share with a friend!
A bit of wisdom: Tumeric originates from India and has been proven to help with pain relief. It lubricates the joints so helps conditions such as arthritis. Golden milk detoxes the liver and helps to purify the blood.
“2” of my favorite ways to “hug” myself in Winter! And you??