What’s more comforting during chilly winter months than a big, warm cup of spiced hot chocolate? There are many health benefits of cacao, aside from simply tasting delicious!
Raw cacao contains over 300 identifiable chemical compounds, making it one complex and nutritious food:
Anandamide: a neurotransmitter known as “the bliss chemical”
Arginine: nature’s aphrodisiac
Magnesium: for healthy heart function
Serotonin: anti-stress neurotransmitter
Tryptophan: anti-depressant amino acid
Phenylethylamine: controls the ability to focus attention and stay alert
Chili Powder is a blend of spices including chili peppers, cumin, oregano, paprika, salt, and garlic powder. The health benefits of chili powder are derived mostly from the capsaicin in the red pepper:
Boosts the Immune System
Recipe for Spiced Hot Chocolate
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, coconut milk, or favorite non-dairy milk option (I prefer coconut)
3 tbsp raw cocoa powder
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 cinnamon stick
Combine milk, cocoa, nutmeg, and chili powder in a blender
Blend until combined
Heat on stove (or heat in a mug in the microwave if you can’t wait)
Serve with a cinnamon stick.
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