There’s nothing like a healing frothy cup of hot chocolate on a cozy fall day. You can be sure to find me sipping on a hot cup of something nourishing + immune boosting throughout the colder months. With the cold/flu season coming into full swing, I naturally wanted to share an elevated immune boosting hot chocolate blend with you that’s got a bit of a kick to it!
Last week I was battling a bit of a sinus head cold, I don’t typically get sick, but when I do it really affects me. I have a hard time just resting when I’m sick, I feel like I need to be doing something. However, I really needed to listen to my body this time around. It felt like my head was in a vice whenever I was out doing something, my body felt achy, my muscles were sore, and I simply just felt like garbage. I took a rest from my regular routine and just listened to my body by taking it easy and being okay with rest so… a big cup of Elevated Spiced Hot Chocolate to the rescue!
Whether you’re feeling under the weather, or simply want a cup of something warm and nutritious, the Elevated Spiced Hot Chocolate is a great recipe choice. This hot chocolate recipe is warming from the inside out and tastes amazing. It definitely isn’t your typical hot chocolate recipe that comes with high amounts of sugar + artificial ingredients, which can result in wacky blood sugar levels and digestive upsets. I love using warming spices like ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, and cayenne in the colder months. They heat the body from the inside out and keep our immune system, digestion, and metabolism healthy and strong. For this recipe I used a fermented turmeric powder along with organic ground ginger to spice things up. These spices in particular have amazing anti inflammatory, antioxidant, and immune boosting properties. Not to mention they are great for digestion. They also pair amazingly well together… and in hot chocolate! Nourishing our body with immune boosters helps keep us better prepared and ready for those times we may encounter a nasty bug.
What elevates this nutritious hot chocolate? It’s all in the ingredients…
Raw cacao powder // particularly high in minerals + antioxidants…
Turmeric // potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, detoxifying, healing…
Ginger // anti-inflammatory, soothing, healing…
Himalayan salt // high in minerals, detoxifying, replenishing, helps balance blood sugar…
Rhodiola powder // adaptogenic herb, natural brain + energy booster, reduces stress…
Collagen // gut healing, source of protein, promotes healthy bones, joints, skin, hair, and nails…
Vanilla plant protein // easier on digestion, adds healthy flavour, a simple way to add more protein into your day to rebuild and repair body tissues…
Begin your day boosted and nourished with this delicious Elevated Spiced Hot Chocolate recipe.
Elevated Spiced Hot Chocolate
Dairy free, immune boosting, energizing, creamy Elevated Turmeric Hot Chocolate
- 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
- 1 tsp quality organic turmeric powder
- 1/2 tsp quality organic ground ginger powder or freshly grated ginger
- Pinch of fresh ground black pepper
- Pinch of Himalayan salt
- 1/2 tsp rhodiola powder
- 1 scoop Further Food collagen powder (optional for added protein) – use my code THENOURISHEDVIBE10 to receive a discount on collagen at www.furtherfood.com
- 1 scoop vanilla plant protein powder (optional for added protein + flavour) – I used Garden of Life Raw Vanilla Whisper protein. I love this protein in particular for adding to hot chocolate blends.
- 1 + 1/2 cups unsweetened vanilla plant based milk
- 1/2 cup water
- Heat almond milk + water in a small sauce pan over the stove. Once heated through, pour into a blender. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend, blend, blend until frothy.
- Pour elevated hot chocolate into your favourite mug and sit somewhere cozy to enjoy!
Recommendation– if you’re not using a vanilla plant protein in this recipe, opt for 1 tsp organic pure maple syrup, unpasteurized raw honey, or any natural sweetener of choice for some added sweetness + flavour.
I hope you found some comfort in today’s blog post. Be sure to let me know if you tried this Elevated Spiced Hot Chocolate recipe. Tag your recipes with the hashtag #thenourishedvibe, or find me on Instagram @thenourishedvibe so we can healthfully vibe together! What are some of your favourite immune boosters? Can anyone else relate to having a hard time simply resting when feeling under the weather?