I’m freaking cold! It’s like minus a thousand here in Toronto! Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but you get the picture, I don’t love the cold. But I do love a good, healthy hot chocolate. Is there such a thing you ask? Well, thanks to my beautiful friend Julie Daniluk, there is and I am sharing it with you here. If you don’t know Julie, please do check her out, she’s got two amazing books on how to heal the gut and internal inflammation, there is no one I know who is more educated and knowledge on how to eat well and stay healthy.
This recipe has no refined sugar (yes!) and no other preserved nasties either.
All of the ingredients are packed with nutrients and vitamins the body needs to thrive and did I mention it tastes AAAAMAYZING too!
Do you remember a few years ago when the Dairy Farmers of Canada were touting chocolate milk as the perfect go-to post-workout drink? This campaign not only got Canadians drinking more milk (to my horror) it also did a really good job at irritating the crap out of me. Why do you ask? I’ll save that for another post (coming soon) on milk and why you need to cut it out of your diet asap.
Coconut butter and cocoa powder make this creamy, chocolaty treat a great workout drink that will be beneficial before or after your workout. Cocoa powder contains caffeine which has been shown to delay the onset of muscle fatigue by helping the body use its fat stores as energy instead of stored glycogen in the liver. The longer you conserve glycogen, the longer your muscles can function. Coconut butter is high in medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are rapidly absorbed by the body and immediately converted into fuel for the organs and muscles to use during a workout. After a workout is also a good time for a treat like this because the body is primed to absorb these calories and use them to replace the glycogen in the liver.
Love the fact that this is Egg Free, Soy Free, Dairy Free, Wheat Free and raw!
Need a healthy post-workout drink? with chocolate! Then give this a try. I am sure you will love it!