Superfood Hot Cocoa

It's FINALLY feeling like fall here in NYC which means it FINALLY feels appropriate for me to start sharing cool weather recipes! While I'm totally a warm weather gal, I am looking forward to more warm, grounding foods as the temperature drops: soups, roasted root vegetables and winter squashes, broth, everything cinnamon and THIS amazing hot cocoa.

I started making this superfood powered hot cocoa when I was in Maine in August - the nights can be cool up there (even in the summer) and I found myself waking up craving something sweet and warm. I had stopped drinking coffee and matcha, so I decided to play around with a caffeine-free alternative to my beloved bulletproof-style lattes, and thus this drink was born!

Fun fact: Cacao does not contain caffeine. I always thought it did, because of the effect it had on my body. Nope! Cacao (and thus chocolate) does contain theobromine, which is an alkaloid similar to caffeine. Theobromine is a stimulant, which is why many people (myself included!) feel a buzz from eating chocolate and thus avoid it at night. 

I love having this drink in the morning because it gives me a noticeable boost without a crash or "caffeine hangover." (not sure if that's a thing or if I just made that up!). In addition to the cacao, my Superfood Hot Cocoa contains maca which is an energizing herb and ashwaganda which is an herb that helps your body adapt to stress. I also like to add in some collagen powder for added protein and it's gut-healing benefits.

Whether you're looking for a coffee alternative or simply a fun superfood infused beverage to mix up your morning routine, I hope you'll try this recipe. If you do, let me know how it goes! I love it when you guys leave comments or post photos on social media - make sure to tag me @EmilyNachazel so I don't miss it!

Superfood Hot Cocoa -  perfect for Winter!

Superfood Hot Cocoa - perfect for Winter!

Superfood Hot Cocoa

Ingredients:

  • 2 scoops collagen (I like Vital Proteins)
  • 2 cups hot water or non-dairy milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2-3 tablespoons raw cacao or cocoa powder (I like my cocoa REALLY dark... so play with this and find what works for you!)
  • 1 tbsp coconut butter
  • 1/2 tsp maca powder
  • 1/4 tsp ashwaganda powder
  • Raw honey or stevia (if desired)
  • Dash sea salt (optional)

Instructions:

  1.  Add all ingredients to your high speed blender. Make sure your lid is secure and then blend, starting on the lowest setting and increasing to highest speed, for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Taste and add sweetener if desired, and blend again to incorporate. Pour into a mug and enjoy!

Superpowers Coconut Matcha Latte

This coconut matcha latte my current morning obsession: it's packed with healthy fats and clean protein so this drink sustains me through my AM workouts (without the crash of a typical coffee/latte drink).

I've posted this drink a few times on Instagram and realized I needed to do a full blog post to share the recipe and more about the incredible superfoods I've chosen to include in my cup.

Here's what makes this drink superpowered:

  • Collagen - Collagen is what is responsible for giving skin elasticity, hair its strength, and connective tissue its ability to hold everything in place. It's pure protein and has no flavor so a perfect addition to any smoothie, bulletproof style tea, soup or sauce. Right now I'm loving the Collagen Peptides from Vital Proteins.

  • Matcha - Matcha is so incredible that I wrote a whole blog post about it. Check that out here: All about Matcha!

  • Maca - Need an energy boost?  Look no further than maca.  This powerhouse powder has been used for centuries to increase energy, boost libido, and balance hormones (especially good for my ladies!).  Quick tip: A little goes a long way and it's potent stuff!  I love a pinch in my morning coffee or matcha creations, but steer clear of it later into the afternoon/evening.

  • Coconut - Adding full fat coconut milk or coconut butter to my morning matcha latte gives this drink staying power (i.e. I have energy to make it through my morning workout or class without having to eat a full breakfast if I don’t want to). Coconut is one of the best healthy fats and it can actually help you lower cholesterol levels, improve blood pressure, and prevent heart attacks or a stroke. I recommend buying the kind that comes in a can - check the label to make sure there are no added stabilizers or other ingredients.

Alright let's get to that recipe!

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Superpowers Coconut Matcha Latte

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Blend in Vitamix or blender until frothy! Makes enough for two mugs (but I usually drink it all myself hehe). Increase or decrease hot water to your liking!

 

Did you make this recipe?? I'd love to see your mug!

Snap a photo and tag me @emilynachazel on Instagram so I can see your matcha creations!

Bulletproof Pumpkin Spice Latte

Bulletproof Pumpkin Spice Latte // paleo, gluten free, dairy free + vegan option

Originally seen here.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup hot brewed coffee or chai tea
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted grassfed butter or ghee (or more coconut oil for vegan/dairy free)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon maca powder (optional)
  • 1 scoop collagen powder (optional)
  • Sweeten with raw honey, stevia or maple syrup

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender
  2. Pop the top out of the blender cover and cover with kitchen towel
  3. Blend on high for 30 seconds
  4. Pour into a mug and add a sprinkle of cinnamon

What I Ate Wednesday 6/1/16

In an effort to show you all more of what I eat as a plant-strong, active adult, I'm starting a new series here on the blog - "What I Ate Wednesday."  Every other Wednesday (or so) I'll snap a picture of everything I eat and post the pictures plus descriptions here on the blog.  I'll share helpful information on what I'm eating and why.

PLEASE, please, please do not think that your food choices should directly mirror mine - we are all different and what works for my body may not work for your body, and vice versa.  I'm still figuring out what works best for me and guess what?  It's changing all the time. I'm simply sharing my choices with the hopes to give you more ideas when it comes to healthy foods and meals.

Here's what I ate this Wednesday:

Upon waking: water + lemon juice, coffee blended with 1 tsp ghee, cinnamon + a few drops of liquid stevia. Quick tip: Ghee is clarified butter which means it is butter with the milk proteins removed. Many people who cannot tolerate dairy can handle ghee.

Breakfast: Steamed kale, sweet potatoes, sauerkraut + 2 hard boiled eggs. Superhuman breakfast, to go!

Snack: Strawberries + small handful of raw almonds, iced black tea with lemon from Hu Kitchen

Lunch: Some sugar snap peas (not pictured) and this gorgeous salad: mixed greens, broiled wild caught steel-head salmon, garlic sauerkraut + tangy lemon dill yogurt dressing. This salad was super flavorful, and SO easy! Would you guys want the super simple recipe for this salmon and dressing? Let me know in the comments below!

Snack: Smoothie with protein powder, water, frozen cherries + vanilla extract. Not pictured.

Dinner: Zucchini noodles, marinated tofu + quinoa. Tofu - I'm still on the fence with you. I had a craving for it last week, but I don't think my gut loves it (soy can be hard to digest). Peppermint tea to curb my sweet tooth after dinner (yes, I have a sweet tooth, and yes this actually works to quell it!)

 

Like I mentioned, I'm always looking to find what foods work best for me through experimentation, and trial and error. Hey, I never thought I would eat dairy again and here I am, trying it out (sheep's milk yogurt and ghee) and doing just fine! Want some help in finding what foods work best for your body and LIFE? Schedule a complementary strategy session with me!

Bulletproof Matcha Latte

Give your matcha tea an extra BOOST with brain-boosting fats and energizing collagen.

Bulletproof Matcha Latte // paleo, gluten free, refined sugar free

Ingredients:

- 3/4 cup almond or coconut milk

- 3/4 cup water

- 2 tsp matcha powder

- 1 tsp ghee or butter (can use coconut butter for vegan version)

- 1 tsp coconut oil

- 1 tsp collagen powder

- vanilla + stevia or sweetener to taste

Instructions:

1. Heat water and almond milk until hot but not boiling.

2. Add all ingredients to your high speed blender and blend until frothy!