So, let's talk about pregnancy cravings. I've never been a sweet tooth but when I'm pregnant? Hide your dessert. I'm serious--it's all I want to eat! In particular, hot chocolate with marshmallows has been my go-to with baby #3.
Since I want to maintain a healthy diet (yet still treat myself!) I decided to start researching a recipe that's a bit more "guilt-free." This Superfood Hot Chocolate (via The Healthy Maven) was a serious find. Not only is it a delicious way to enjoy your craving but you get the added immune-boosting and health benefits of its ingredients.
Get the recipe below:
- 2 cups non-dairy milk of choice
- 2 T raw cacao (or cocoa powder)
- 1 tsp maca powder*
- 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
- 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon
- 1 T raw honey (or more to taste)
- 1 T coconut oil
- Add milk of choice to a medium-sized sauce pot and bring to a boil.
- Lower to a simmer and add cacao powder and stir.
- Add in maca powder, turmeric and cinnamon and continue to stir.
- Stir in honey until well combined.
- Add coconut oil and whip in until all chunks are melted and mixture becomes thick.
- Serve immediately.
Just in case you need a superfood recap, here's why these ingredients are so amazing:
CACAO: Contains high amounts of iron, calcium, and magnesium. Boosts serotonin in the central nervous system. Rich in polyphenols that help reduce bad cholesterol and help heart health.
MACA POWDER: Supports adrenal glands to help balance hormones. Packed with amino acids and minerals that boost the immune system. Maca has also been found to increase fertility.
TURMERIC: Reduces inflammation and great for your immune system. Be careful, though--this spice will stain your clothing or countertop. I always lay a paper towel down when using turmeric.
RAW HONEY: A great source of healing enzymes. Acts as a natural laxative to help with constipation.
COCONUT OIL: I refer to this as the "superfood of all superfoods" since I use it for everything! Helps immunity, digestion, and absorption of other key minerals and antioxidants.
P.S: If you have any other healthy dessert recipes, pass them my way! This momma needs it!
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