Every night I need something chocolate-y. Whether it's a little cup of chocolate chips & nuts, a smoothie with cocoa powder, or hot cocoa- my day is not complete without satisfying my sweet tooth. I learned that I'm better off eating a small amount of chocolate every night instead of waiting for 'treat night'. Not only is it something to look forward to, but it helps to keep balance in my life.
Seriously though, who doesn't love hot chocolate? There's something so warming and relaxing about sitting down with a frothy, creamy, slightly sweet mug of cocoa. Unfortunately, the ingredients in cocoa are not so loveable.
In 2019 I plan to clean up what I'm eating to more simple and wholesome ingredients. I'm hesitant to say that I'd like to follow a strict paleo plan, but I've been looking more and more into the benefits of eating paleo and the incredible effect it has on your body. Since my student loans are kicking in in April, it will be easier to stick to a list of simple ingredients- meats, veggies, and fruits, that I can budget out. With that being said, if you are looking for a healthier alternative to a treat with clean, simple ingredients- look no further!
1 cup almond milk or any other nut/dairy milk
1/4 cup water
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp coconut oil (adds richness)
1 tbsp honey or maple syrup
dash of sea salt
dash of vanilla
scoop of collagen (optional but adds extra protein and creaminess)
*add ins: a couple shakes of chili powder OR cinnamon
Heat up almond milk & water for 2:30
Add ingredients into blender and blend until incorporated
Enjoy with add ins for additional soul-satisfaction!