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Hot & Healthy Holiday Beverage Recipes

Hot bevy season has arrived! There’s nothing quite like warming up by the fire with a hot cup of cocoa on these chilly December evenings. However, traditional hot chocolate is often loaded with sugar and relies on dairy as a base, both of which can have a negative impact on your health and are best consumed in moderation, if at all. We’ve come up with some warm beverage recipes that are delicious, healthy & dairy-free, and will help keep you feeling your best during the holiday rush. Let’s get cozy & healthy this winter with these delicious recipes:

Golden Milk (turmeric elixir)

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  •  1 tbsp raw turmeric
  • 1 tsp maca powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of black pepper (necessary to activate healing properties of turmeric )
  • 1 tbsp of maple syrup or honey

Directions: Boil water separately from other ingredients. Once the water has boiled, combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend for 20 seconds. Serve with a dash of cinnamon on top and enjoy!

Why it’s good for you: Tumeric is touted as the anti-inflammatory superhero of the natural world. It also increases the anitoxidant capacity of the body, is linked to increased brain function and can help prevent cancer.

Aztec Cacao (chocolate elixir)

  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp raw cacao
  • 1 tsp maca powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup or honey

Directions: Boil water separately from other ingredients. Once the water has boiled, combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend for 20 seconds.

Why it’s good for you: Cacao is the purest form of chocolate you can consume, and therefore is a greater source of antioxidants than traditional chocolate (it has 40 times the antioxidants of blueberries!). It is also the highest plant-based source of iron, contains more calcium than cow’s milk and is a natural antidepressant.

Matcha Latte

  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup of hot water
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp matcha powder (Matcha Ninja is our fav)
  • 1 tsp maca powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp honey

Directions: Boil water separately from other ingredients. Once the water has boiled, combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend for 20 seconds. Serve with a dash of cinnamon on top and enjoy!

Why it’s good for you: Matcha, which is essentially finely ground green tea leaves, is high in antioxidants and rich in chlorophyll and vitamins. It boosts your energy and enhances mood & concentration all while calming the mind and relaxing the body. It’s the perfect mid-day pick me-up!

Can’t enjoy your hot bevy without some marshmallows? Try out this delicious & healthy marshmallow recipe and add some to any of the above beverages!