Everyone wants their family to lead a healthy, well balanced lifestyle. A major part of health is the food we put into our bodies. As a mother, I know it isn’t always easy. I would love to say I eat salad every day, don’t indulge in junk food and my children are jumping for joy when they see broccoli on their plate. This is not the case. Therefore, I like to come up with tasty, yet healthy recipes we can all enjoy together. Recipes that have numerous health benefits, but my children will still eat (or drink).
That is why I LOVE collagen hot chocolate. It is loaded with vitamins such as iron and magnesium, plus gives me and my family a major boost of antioxidants. Before I share the recipe, I will tell you the benefits of this beverage.
Balance Mood Swings: It does this by boosting the levels of serotonin in the brain.
Protects Your Heart: Raw cacao is very high in antioxidants, specially flavanols, which help protect the heart.
Combats Fatigue: You can thank the high levels of magnesium for this, and as moms we need all of the energy we can get!
Prevents Premature Aging: This is where the antioxidants come into play. The polyphenol antioxidants in cacao protect our cells from premature oxidation or destruction. This can keep us looking and feeling younger for longer.
Healthier Hair & Skin: As we age, collagen production declines.Therefore including collagen in your diet helps replenish the collagen levels in the body.
Reduces Joint Pain: Again, this has to do with age and the reduction of collagen in the body. As we age we lose collagen, therefore our tendons and ligaments start to feel stiff. Adding collagen to our diets can help combat this problem.
Boosts metabolism: Collagen helps to boost the metabolism by adding lean muscle mass to your body. The more muscle mass you have, the faster your metabolism works.
½ cup milk of your choice
½ cup water
½ tbsp. raw cacao powder
1 tsp. collagen powder
1 tbsp. pure maple syrup
Place all liquids in a pot.
With a whisk, stir in the cacao powder and collagen.
Stir continuously until the mixture has come to a boil.
Transfer your hot chocolate into a blender. Blend for ten seconds and enjoy!
* start with 1 tbsp. pure maple syrup, if it is not sweet enough, slowly add more.
* adding the mixture to a blender is optional, it simply makes the hot chocolate lighter and more frothy.