This healing hot cocoa will warm you up, keep you hydrated and nourish your body. Plus it tastes great! The perfect cold weather drink.
Ever since I got pregnant with baby number two (in 2010) I have been hooked on hot chocolate. While I had morning sickness, it was about the only way I could get fluids down. For some reason even when I’m sick chocolate still sounds good.
Even after giving birth I still enjoyed hot chocolate, but didn’t need it daily any more. I should say I’d try not to drink it daily…I was trying to be “good.”
Being good didn’t work.
Why Water Doesn’t Hydrate
So whenever I’m feeling dehydrated, like I’m not absorbing fluids, or like I need something to help warm up I reach for a big mug of homemade hot cocoa.
Why Hot Cocoa Heals
I’ve tried other drinks, but they never do the same thing. Why would this be?
Turns out my body really does know what it needs.
First, cocoa is actually quite high in magnesium. And that’s something I am lacking.
Cocoa is also high in iron. And I just found out this week that I’m anemic. So I better keep drinking my hot chocolate!
Finally, as a tired mom with adrenal fatigue, plain water just makes me sluggish. This healthy hot cocoa gives my adrenals the boost they need to get through the day.
Healthy Hot Cocoa
After reading Eat For Heat I know that some fluids like plain water, tea, coffee and soda just flush the minerals out of your body. But cocoa is is a very warming food. And so is salt…which I add to my hot chocolate to make it even more warming!
I combine all of these benefits into a cup of delicious, healing, hydrating, warming hot cocoa. It only takes a few seconds to make (once you have hot water). And it is very allergy-friendly (dairy, eggs, wheat, gluten, soy, etc.). If you can handle cocoa powder it is even GAPS legal.
You can also use cacao or carob in place of the cocoa. Whichever you choose make sure it’s organic.
With the salt/sweet/mineral content this could even replace your sports drink.
Make Your Homemade Hot Cocoa Even Better
Want to take a step towards good health? Instead of drowning in ounce after ounce of plain water try a delicious mug of healing hot cocoa. Your body and your taste buds will thank you.
A little disclaimer – I’m not a doctor. I don’t have scientific data to back this up. I just know how my body responds. I always feel warm and hydrated when I drink my homemade hot cocoa. But I feel full and cold when I drink most other fluids.
How about you? Does your body respond well to hot cocoa?
Want to learn more about hydration, thyroid, and adrenals? Read why I cut way down on drinking plain water.
Homemade Hot Cocoa That Heals
- 1 - 2 tsp. organic cocoa powder it is important to use organic to avoid GMOs (you can also use carob powder if you can't tolerate cocoa)
- 2 tsp. raw honey, organic cane sugar or maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon optional
- 1/8 tsp. unrefined sea salt
- 1/4 cup milk or milk substitute optional
- 2 tsp. collagen optional
- 2 tsp. butter optional
- 2 tsp. coconut oil optional
- hot water
Place cocoa powder, honey, cinnamon, collagen and salt in a mug.
Fill the mug with hot water and stir to dissolve.
Add a splash of milk if desired for creaminess/to cool the hot chocolate.