If you're anything like me, you overindulge at Christmas. As a nutritionist I know I'm supposed to lead by example, and normally I eat a really healthy diet. But when the holidays role around and there are gingerbread cookies and salted chocolates everywhere, I tend to devour them. Yes, devour. I have a really big sweet tooth. If there is a plate of cookies can I have just one? No, no I cannot. I eat them all. This is a bit of a problem. Everyone has their thing, mine just happens to be sugar. It's something I work on regularly.
Here's the thing though. I know that I eat well at least 80% of the time. So my body can handle a little overindulgence at Christmas. It's when we eat junky foods for more than 20% of our diet that problems arise. Our liver can only handle so much and when we constantly abuse it with sugar, alcohol, greasy foods, chemicals, (and stress!) we cannot eliminate all those toxins. Our liver then becomes weak and can't do its job properly. And our body cannot keep our blood sugar stable (part of the liver's job). This shows up for us as being moody, tired, sluggish, achy and craving sweet foods all the time.
This also contributes to weakened adrenals which = unbalanced hormones. When the hormones are unbalanced the body becomes a bit of a disaster. Sleep problems, cycle issues, mood disturbances, poor digestion. You name it, sloppy hormones are probably behind it. That's why we need to keep our liver in good shape. Eat liver friendly foods on a regular basis like lemons, cruciferous vegetables, dandilion greens, collard greens and apples (just to name a few).
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Now on to the recipe! Because (as all of you probably know) I love chocolate, I have made a beautiful, rich and decadent hot chocolate recipe. When I'm not drinking tea in the winter, my go-to "coffee date" with friends and family drink is hot chocolate. My husband told me that when he was a child he used to drink hot chocolate every morning for breakfast. Ummm, mom, why didn't we have this tradition?! I hope all of you enjoy my cup of Christmas and have a warm and beautiful holiday with your loved ones.
Love and light,
Cinnamon Spice Hot Chocolate
Vegan, Gluten Free
1.5 cups cashew milk (or other milk of choice)
30g organic dark, dairy free chocolate
1tbsp. organic cocoa powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2.5tbsp coconut sugar
1tsp maca (optional)
1. In a double boiler melt chocolate.
2. Bring milk to a simmer on stove.
3. Whisk melted chocolate into simmering milk.
4. Whisk all dry ingredients into milk/chocolate mix until no clumps remain (if the milk gets too hot the maca will not dissolve properly).
5. Adjust for sweetness.