11 Ways To Add Healthy Tricks And Make The Best Hot Chocolate Ever!
We all need to indulge every so often, but what if you could have your cake and eat it too? If you’re trying to be healthy and maintain a good diet but also have a sweet tooth, one of the best treats you can revel in whenever you need that taste of comfort is a hot chocolate. Not just any hot chocolate though, but healthy alternative versions! Here is our rundown of 11 great options…
#1 Use Dark Chocolate Squares
Dark chocolate is the purest form of chocolate you can get, so if you’re a chocoholic, you don’t have to turn your back on your love in order to improve your health. A few squares of this are packed with antioxidants, iron, improves blood pressure and circulation, improves brain function, helps protect you against the sun and lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease.
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#2 Use Coconut or Almond Milk
Cutting down on dairy can really improve your skin, weight and give you more energy potentially. Great dairy alternatives for beverages are coconut milk and almond milk. Coconut milk is rich in fibre, vitamins B& C, calcium and more! Almond milk is packed with zinc, potassium and iron.
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#3 Use Cacao Powder
Cacao (and not cocoa) is the purest powdered chocolate available. According to nutritionists, cacao can prevent premature ageing, lower blood pressure, combat fatigue, give your nails & hair shine and reset your metabolism. It also helps digestion, helps prevent Alzheimer’s and skin cancer while giving your skin a healthy glow. Phew!
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#4 Add Cinnamon
As well as being particularly sweet and tasty, cinnamon is one of the most medicinal spices you can add to your diet! Ceylon is the healthier, purer variety of cinnamon, so use this if you can. It has anti-inflammatory properties, antioxidants, cuts the risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes, as well as aiding bacterial and fungal infections, even neurodegenerative diseases!
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#5 Add Honey or Maple Syrup
Honey is the healer of all healers. From ulcers, gastrointestinal disorders to soothing a sore throat, regulating blood sugar regulation and healing wounds & burns, honey also strengthens the immune system. It can penetrate the deepest layers of body tissue, so it not only reaches everywhere but acts as a catalyst for other nutritional properties to be absorbed if used in conjunction with it.
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#6 Add Cardamom
Related to ginger, cardamom is also a great digestive aid, controls cholesterol, improves circulation, helps ward off cancer as well as treat common health issues such as UTIs. It’s also known to cure many dental diseases!
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#7 Add Ginger
If you’re suffering with an ongoing virus that has your immune system drained, add ginger into your daily diet to give it a big boost. It breaks down the accumulation of toxins in the organs and cleans out the lymphatic system. Therefore bacterial and viral infections are also attacked by ginger’s medicinal properties as well!
#8 Try Maca Powder
Having been popularised as a supplement in recent years, maca has an ancient history as a source of medicinal power. Hailing from Peru, it’s known as the superfood of the Incas. It was not only used to improve fertility and libido but lessen the effects of any hormonal dips, improve your mood, improve memory and protect you from the sun. All hail maca!
#9 Add Coconut Oil
Not only is coconut oil a source of good fats but it converts bad cholesterol into good cholesterol, which promotes heart health. It’s also an antifungal and an antimicrobial, treats Alzheimer’s disease, cures UTIS and kidney infections.
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#10 A Pinch of Cayenne Pepper
You’ve probably heard of the benefits of cayenne pepper many a time, given it surged in popularity as a health supplement. Cayenne is a very effective detox supplement, as it eliminates toxins in the body, improves circulation, lowers cholesterol and reduces acidity in the body as well. A spicy hot chocolate is definitely a fun alternative!
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#11 Top with Chia Seeds
A source of gluten-free and wholegrain fibre, chia seeds are one of the healthiest foods on the planet! With few calories, chia seeds provide antioxidants, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, bone strengthening nutrients and so much more. The list is really endless! Sprinkle across your hot chocolate and in one swift move change your health for the better.
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