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Healthy Cinnamon Hot Chocolate

by Yes Health Team

Original recipe by Health Coach Sara A. 

Coach Sara A’s tips: 

What’s the difference between cocoa powder and cacao? 

Cocoa powder is more common and has less nutritional value than cacao. It’s readily available at the grocery store and used in brownies, cakes, and other baked goods. You can purchase it sweetened or unsweetened, so it’s important to check the label to avoid added sugars. 

Cacao is less common, but is gaining popularity in health conscious communities due to it’s high nutritional value. It’s less processed and more bitter than cocoa powder. Cacao is rich in antioxidants, which has disease-fighting, heart-protective, and anti-cancer properties. It’s a good source of fiber, magnesium, iron, and tryptophan. 

Why do some people reach for chocolate when stressed?

Chocolate is made from cacao, which contains the amino acid tryptophan. Tryptophan helps form serotonin, the hormone that helps you feel calm and relaxed. This might explain why people often reach for chocolate when stressed! In fact, this research show that eating a little dark chocolate 70% cacao or higher, helps reduce stress and inflammation, while boosting immunity and mood

Ingredients: 

3 cups unsweetened almond milk, original or vanilla 

3 Tbsp cacao powder (may substitute with unsweetened cocoa powder)

2 cinnamon sticks (may substitute with ~¾ tsp ground cinnamon) 

½ tsp vanilla extract 

Tiny pinch of salt

Optional sweetener: tiny touch of stevia, coconut sugar, honey, or pure maple syrup 

Directions: 

    1. Warm almond milk and cinnamon sticks over medium heat, bring to a simmer. Simmer for 10 minutes. The longer it simmers, the more the cinnamon flavor develops.  
    2. Whisk in raw cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa powder) and vanilla extract. Wisk occasionally to remove clumps, or blend until smooth. 
  • Season with a pinch of salt and optional sweetener if needed. 

Serve warm, sip and enjoy =) 

Number of servings: 2 

Approximate Nutrition Facts per Serving: 

Calories: 95 

Total Fat: 7 g 

Carbs: 7 g 

Fiber: 4 g 

Protein: 3 g 

Sodium: 270 mg

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