Cacao Tea Latte

I’ve been experimenting with different morning drinks and right now I’m super into Crio Bru cacao tea.

Crio Bru is made of ground and roasted cacao nibs - it’s virtually caffeine free and less acidic than coffee or cacao powder (since you steep it like a loose leaf tea). I love that Crio Bru comes in a handful of different roasts similar to coffee. I like them all, but the Limited Edition Tanzania blend is my current favorite.

I reguarly drink Crio Bru as I would loose leaf tea: simply steep, strain and drink. But if you’re looking for a creamier, richer cup, this is the way to go. When blended up with superfoods and adaptogenic herbs the cacao tea turns into a powerful potion that gives me a natural boost of energy and none of the tummy troubles I often experience with coffee.

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Cacao Tea Latte

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Brew your Crio Bru tea according to the package instructions (you can use a French press or loose leaf tea strainer).

  2. Add all ingredients to your high speed blender and blend on high for about 30 seconds (until frothy).

  3. Pour into a mug and enjoy!

This post was generously sponsored by Crio Bru. Thank you Crio Bru for supporting my continued explorations in healthy eating and living!

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!

Cacao Banana Smoothie

I'm totally guilty of having the same smoothie day after day (this one), but after trying the Green Blender smoothie delivery (I'll do a full review later, promise!) I'm inspired to get more creative with my blended beverages.

This smoothie is perfect for when you want something a little special in the morning (hello, chocolate!), and also packed with superfood ingredients that will have you feeling energized for hours.

Two superfood spotlights in this smoothie:

- Tocos - The "Ultimate Skin Food", tocos is derived from brown rice and is a naturally sweet and creamy addition to your diet. It contains bio-available vitamins D & E, which does wonders for your skin. 
- 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 also incredibly powerful in helping to heal the lining of your gut (which can be damaged by antibiotics, stress, and poor food choices). It’s pure protein so you can use in place of your regular protein powder in smoothies. **Note: Collagen is not a vegetarian product, so if you are vegan/vegetarian you can either omit in the recipe below or swap in your favorite protein powder of choice.

Cacao Banana Smoothie // raw, vegan option, gluten free, refined sugar free

Ingredients:

- 1 frozen banana

- 2 tbsp raw cacao powder

- 2 tbsp almond butter

- 1 cup water or non-dairy milk of choice

- 1 tsp tocos (optional)

- 1 scoop collagen powder (or other protein powder of choice) (optional)

- dash sea salt

Instructions:

1. Add all ingredients to your high speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Top with cacao nibs for extra crunch! Enjoy!

National Chocolate Day! Chocolate Bar Review

Did you know that it's NATIONAL CHOCOLATE DAY?? I must be in sync with the universe, because I was planning and writing this post for the past week without knowing! 

You guys know I have a huge sweet tooth. However, I've found that traditional sweets and sugar just don't do it for me - they make me feel like crap, so I've learned (slowly, very slowly) to stay away from them. Over the years I've found some awesome replacements to satisfy my sweet cravings without wrecking havoc on my body and energy levels. 

Here are my current FAVORITE chocolate bars. You won't find any white sugar, sketchy ingredients, or preservatives in these - just real, pure, chocolately goodness. Now that's something to celebrate! 

ALOHA Superfood Chocolate / 60% Cacao // Chocolate with greens in it! SCORE! This bar is sweetened with coconut and maple sugar and packed with superfoods: spinach, wheatgrass, moringa, blueberries, raspberries, spirulina, beet juice, and mushrooms. Wow! It’s a bit more fruity than a traditional chocolate bar, but still delicious. {Pssst... Use my code WELLNESSWITHEMILY at checkout for 20% off your purchase of all ALOHA products!}

Fine & Raw Lucuma and Vanilla / 67% Cacao // This bar was my first experience with raw chocolate, and it was love at first bite. Lucuma is a tropical fruit which contains iron, zinc, calcium, and beta-carotene— it’s often used as a natural sweetener (it’s very light, nutty almost). If you are in the Big Apple, its fun to check out the Fine & Raw factory in Bushwick; you can sample all their chocolates and truffles here!! 

Hu Kitchen Almond Butter + Puffed Quinoa Chocolate Bar / 72% Cacao // Dark, but still sweet. Nutty from the almond butter, and crunchy from the quinoa. Reminds me of a Crunch bar, but darker. Better. Sweetened with organic coconut sugar. I appreciate that there are only 4 ingredients: almonds, puffed quinoa, cacao and coconut sugar. 

Eating Evolved Crunchy Caramel / 85% Cacao // Paleo chocolate with a super cute tagline “Chocolate: It’s Food Not Candy." Lightly sweetened with coconut sugar. My favorite is the 85% Crunchy Caramel - it’s got TWO ingredients. TWO!!! Amazing. Cacao + coconut sugar and THAT’S IT. Definitely intense, but not bitter, like so many other dark, dark chocolate bars I've tried. Eating Evolved also sell amazing coconut butter cups!! You've got to try these. {If you place an order of from Eating Evolved today, they are throwing in a free chocolate bar in celebration of the day!}

 

And my TOP choice in chocolate?? My own, homemade Superfood Chocolate. I'll be sharing the super easy recipe for this delicious treat in my November newsletter, so make sure you are on the list by signing up here!

homemade superfood chocolate with almond butter, goji berries, chia seeds, cacao nibs + coconut oil - YUM!!

homemade superfood chocolate with almond butter, goji berries, chia seeds, cacao nibs + coconut oil - YUM!!

What's your favorite chocolate bar or healthy treat? Let me know in the comments below. 

Almond Butter Granola

As I've mentioned before, I LOVE granola, probably because it reminds me of the sugary cereal which I ADORED as a kid (Cinnamon Toast Crunch anyone??). Unfortunately, most of the stuff on the market (both granola and cereal) is not so great for you, so I try to make my own whenever possible. 

This is an easy recipe which is low in sugar (sweetened with fruit + a wee bit of local honey) and completely grain-free! It's also totally adaptable - you can use whatever nuts, seeds and dried fruit you have on hand. 

Almond Butter Granola / gluten free, paleo, vegan option, low sugar

Inspired by this recipe + Hu Kitchen's almond butter granola. 

Ingredients:

- 1/4 cup refined coconut oil

- 1/2 cup natural almond butter (or peanut butter!)

- 3 tablespoons honey or maple syrup

- 1 1/2 cup applesauce, or three medium extra ripe banana mashed (if you use banana, it will have a slight banana flavor).

- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

- 1 tsp cinnamon

- 3 cups mixed raw nuts and seeds (I used equal parts hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, and walnuts, but throw in whatever you got!)

- 1/2 cup raw almonds

- 2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut

- 1/4 cup cacao nibs, chopped chocolate, or chocolate chips (optional)

Instructions: 

1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and line a baking pan with parchment paper (or grease with coconut oil). 

2. Wet ingredients: Add coconut oil through cinnamon in your food processor or blender and blend for about 30 seconds. Taste it - if you like your granola on the sweeter side, you may add another 1-2 tablespoons of sweetener. You may also want to add more cinnamon (I'm a cinnamon-a-holic so I always do!). 

3. Dry ingredients: Add nuts, seeds, coconut, and cacao nibs to a large bowl and stir.  

4. Mix it up! Add your wet mixture to the dry and mix until well combined. Spread onto the prepared baking sheet.

5. Bake. Bake for approximately 30 minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure it browns evenly. Note: You may need to let it cook for a little longer. You want the granola to have crunchy edges, but still slightly soft (it will harden more as it cools). 

 

Enjoy with almond milk, atop a green smoothie, or by itself as a crunchy snack!

Did you like this recipe? Then I think you'll love my Banana Bread Granola.