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The Perfect Superfood Hot Chocolate Recipe

This post contains a recipe for the perfect superfood hot chocolate!

There’s something about the holiday season that makes you want to snuggle up with a warm cup of chocolate goodness! This superfood hot chocolate recipe will not disappoint.

Most store-bought hot chocolate mixes are rife with processed sugar and other ingredients that are added for shelf stability.  So, you probably experience a sugar rush followed by a crash after indulging in one of these (not to mention you increase the inflammation in your body).

The cool thing about a superfood drink is that you don’t sacrifice flavor but you increase the health benefits tenfold. Sign. Me. Up!  I also personally feel like the flavors are way more complex, interesting and satisfying.

I have made this drink many different ways with many different add ins,  but consider this recipe a great foundation for the superfood hot chocolate of your dreams.

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Perfect Superfood Hot Chocolate Recipe

-1 tbsp Cacao Elixir (mood enhancing, overal vitality, exercise recovery)

-1/4 tsp Cordyceps Mushroom Powder (increased bodily oxygenation, athletic performance)

-1/4 tsp Chaga Mushroom Powder (grounding energy, gentle detox, immunity)

-2 cups plant based milk (almond, coconut, oat, hemp, cashew, etc. will do!)

*Optional add-in for various applications:

-5 drops liquid monk fruit sweetener

-1 tsp Spirit Tonic (for nighttime + relaxation)

-1 tsp MCT oil (for added flavor + healthy fats + sustained energy)

-2 capsules of Collagen (for protein + aided recovery)

-1 tsp Chi Tonic (for a morning boost of energy)

-1 tsp Love Tonic (for ladies; this blend nourishes the feminine)

-1/4 tsp Reishi Mushroom Powder (for resisting stress)

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Miracle Powders Organic & Raw Maca & Chlorella Powder Review

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Miracle Powders

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

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Chlorella

About:

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: CHINA

A fresh water algae highly known for its energy-producing hits, detoxifying properties and boosting abilities – all due to high chlorophyll levels. This alga has been used since ancient times for people looking to boost their levels of protein, fibre, iron and potassium. Today it is used for the same reason and has become a popular source of boosting detoxifying effects – you can put this down to its natural minerals.

Benefits

– ‘Broken cell wall’ for optimal nutrition

– Contributes to healthy digestive functions

– Boosts radiant skin and healthy hair and nails.

– Contributes to normal cognitive function and psychological function

– Supports the heart and normal blood pressure

– One of the highest sources of chlorophyll and high in natural vitamin D

– Easily digestible protein

– Supports liver function – can help prevent hangovers if taken before consuming alcohol

How to take

We suggest adding 1-2 heaped teaspoons to your favourite juices and smoothies or even water- gradually increase to suit you. Perhaps add it to your morning orange juice.

Ingredients

100% Organic Chlorella Powder

Not made in a lab and not packed in a mechanical factory – individually hand packed with care…

Certified organic by the Soil Association. Why organic?

Suitable for vegetarian and vegan diets. Chlorella powder is also gluten free.

Storage instructions 

Please store in a cool dark dry place (away from direct sunlight) – pop it anywhere you would like – the kitchen cupboard, your coffee table, your car or even your work desk. We’ve made these resealable pouches lightweight and portable so being healthy isn’t difficult :.”

Maca

About:

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: PERU

Also known as ‘aphrodisiac of the Andes’ and a healthy caffeine substitute, Maca powder has become a hot topic of discussion in the realms of research of sexual and menopausal health. Used by native Indians in Peru dating back to 3800 B.C – today it is used for various reasons for men and women respectively. Women tend to use it for symptoms of PMS and menopause and men used it for enhancing their fertility and sexual function. However both men and women have found that it boosts libido and sex drive, increases energy and stamina. More recently Maca has been used by athletes looking for muscle hypertrophy and is a great healthy alternative to anabolic steroids. This is the one for energy and endurance.

Benefits

– Great source of zinc

– Contributes to normal fertility and reproduction

– Increases libido

– Contributes and supports healthy digestive functions

– Contributes and supports normal psychological and cognitive function

– Supports muscle function – strengthening the body and increases stamina

– Boosts energy and endurance

– Helps with PMS and menopausal symptoms

– Helps to level hormones

How to take

We suggest adding 1-2 heaped teaspoons to your favourite breakfast smoothies, natural yoghurts or try it in your baking. Gradually increase the amount to suit you. Interested in a recipe? Click here.

Ingredients

100% Organic Maca Powder

Not made in a lab and not packed in a mechanical factory – individually hand packed with care…

Certified organic by the Soil Association. Why organic?

Suitable for vegetarian and vegan diets. Organic Raw Maca Powder is also gluten free.

Storage instructions 

Please store in a cool dry place – pop it anywhere you would like – the kitchen cupboard, your coffee table, your car or even your work desk. We’ve made these resealable pouches lightweight and portable so being healthy isn’t difficult :).”

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My Thoughts:

Miracle Powders is one of a few brands I’ve encountered lately that are packaging raw & organic superfoods (I’m a superfood GEEK). It’s so exciting for me to see more emerging companies that believe in & are passionate about taking this route to healing, nourishing & balancing the body. I’m a huge proponent & advocate for superfoods. Yeah, the word “superfood” is thrown around quite a bit and not always accurately, but chlorella & maca are truly two power-packed foods, untampered, unadulterated, straight from nature. They are deserving of this title.

Both of these powders are easy to throw into a smoothie or shake & are a readymade source of energy-boosting nutrients, sans the synthetic junk that you’ll find in many store bought powders. These are simply the plant itself, dried and or/cold milled.

I value the maca for its ability to balance out the endocrine system (the motherboard for all hormones production in the body–which controls metabolism, sleep cycles, menstrual cycles in women, etc.) and chlorella for its phytonutrient-rifeness.

I’m thrilled about Miracle Powders and believe that merely all supplementation should be moving this direction: towards more potent plant-derived, whole food sources.

Raw. Organic. Superfoods. These three words and you’ve got me hooked. Kudos to Miracle Powders!

Sunfood Organic & Raw Superfoods Review

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Sunfood Superfoods

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Sunfood:

The Sunfood Story
Years ago, a group of health minded individuals noticed an alarming trend in their towns and communities. They saw friends and family eating and drinking dead, processed foods full of chemicals. They knew that this was the path to obesity and disease, ultimately leading to western medicine’s suppression of symptoms with drugs and scalpels.  This is not true healing.

Sunfood was born from their desire to create an alternative path to health.  We believe that the secrets to health, energy and long life are found in nature through diet and nutrition.  Building upon the wisdom of traditional and modern natural healing methods from all over the world, we are here to share powerful information and superfoods that help people heal and rejuvenate themselves naturally.

It is our quest to find the most nutrient dense, raw, organic, Non-GMO superfoods on the planet.  Our search to uncover ancient and modern healing knowledge lost to our society has taken us all over the world, from the tropical regions of South America to the high mountains of Tibet.

Our family-operated business is located in San Diego, where we prepare superfoods in our certified organic facility and package them for you with care.  We are passionate about empowering our Sunfood family through education, from our superfood specialists on the phones, to our newsletters filled with the latest health information, to recipes made with love from our kitchen to yours.

Our Mission
At Sunfood we are on a quest to help you discover the healing, energy and longevity power within you.  We do this through education and the most nutrient dense, raw, organic, Non-GMO superfoods on the planet.”

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My Thoughts:

Sunfood is amongst my very tippy top favorite superfood brands! The quality of their expansive range of products is far superior to most that you will see on shelves. To insure that I’m ingesting superfoods with the utmost nutrient content, I aim to always eat raw superfoods. Also, to insure that I’m minimizing my pesticide exposure and am effectively dodging GMOs, I aim to always eat organic superfoods. Sunfood meets BOTH of those specs.

Of this bunch of samples, I enjoyed the Sun is Shining Green Superfood & the Superfood Smoothie Mix the most. I look to greens in my diet to provide me a large amount of the vital trace minerals that my body requires to operate at its maximum capability. I love the portability of these powdered greens; I add them to my morning smoothie and even take them with me on-the-go for a quick green drink on-the-fly. The superfood smoothie mix I value for the range of superfoods that it allows me to consume at once–this dense concoction includes the powder form of goji, maqui, camu camu, maca, acai, cacao, lucuma and brown rice protein to make them all more readily digestible & to make the drink more satisfying. It tastes unique & delicious–you really get to appreciate all the flavors of these powerful superfruits. For an added boost of protein (which I like to do in the mornings), I add the Raw Vanilla Brown Rice Protein & love the pure taste of it. Though the superfood smoothie mix already contains a small amount of acai powder, I added the pure Acai Powder to my smoothies (because I had it on hand!) and found that it served as an extra ka-pow of revitalizing power to my drink (as well as a beautiful & vibrant color!) Acai is so rich in antioxidants and nourishing vitamins thatI consider it an excellent beauty food to keep your skin looking dewy, protected and fresh.

I took the Chlorella Tablets as a preworkout energy boost. You can certainly chew these little tablets, but I chose to swallow them with a glass of water. I love the feeling that green energy provides. It’s real, it’s sustained & there are by no means any negative side effects–just pure goodness and an uplifting feeling.

There is so much information out there about superfoods, their benefits and so on. What I can say from personal experience is that incorporating superfoods into my daily nutrition routine is the single best thing I’ve ever done for my health. The quality and impact of superfoods compared to taking a multi-vitamin pill is a joke, in that there’s no comparison. Raw, organic superfoods will provide your body with real, recognizable fuel that will take good care of your body from the inside out. Also, many ailments are a result of a nutrient deficiency. Superfoods combat both malabsorption issues & nutrient deficiency as they normalize your internal pH, making it more alkaline, as well as giving your system a healthy shock of nutrients.

Go superfood yourself!!

Navitas Naturals Cashews, Pepitas & Green Coffee Review

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Navitas Naturals

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

I’ve been lucky enough to try loads of Navitas Naturals products in the last few years. They never fail me–the quality is always excellent and new items I try often become new staples in my nutrition routine. You can read some of my other reviews here:

Dragon Fruit, Powdered Coconut Water

Maca

Mulberries, Power Snack & Trail Mix

Green Coffee Powder

About:

“Navitas Naturals Green Coffee Powder is an energizing, antioxidant-rich superfood made from young, unroasted Arabica coffee beans that are handpicked in Peru. Green coffee has been used for centuries to boost energy, support metabolism and aid digestion. Raw green coffee is a healthy source of chlorogenic acid (CGA), the powerful antioxidant linked to many of coffee’s health benefits.”

Maca Maple Cashews

About:

“Integrating superfoods into your day has never been so convenient and so craveable. Navitas Naturals Superfood+ mixes combine our most popular superfoods with nutrient rich seeds and nuts. Our organic Maca Maple Cashews are delicious ‘handfuls of goodness’ that feature our best-selling maca powder, raw cashews and a touch of maple syrup for a praline crunch.”

Chia Rosemary Pepitas

About:

“Integrating superfoods into your day has never been so convenient and so craveable. Navitas Naturals Superfood+ mixes combine our most popular superfoods with nutrient rich seeds and nuts. Our organic Chia Rosemary Pepitas are savory ‘handfuls of goodness’ that feature chia seeds, crunchy pepitas (pumpkin seeds), rosemary and garlic powder.”

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My Thoughts:

This trio of products did not disappoint. The chia rosemary pepitas (pumpkin seeds) and maca maple cashews are both incredibly delicious and unique in their own right. I was bummed when I finished each bag. I could have eaten both of the entire bags in one sitting–they are that good. I love the flavor choices and the fact that they serve as a healthy, good-fat rich snack. I definitely see myself stocking up on more of these.

The green coffee powder was another new product for me to try. I’m an avid coffee drinker, yet hadn’t delved into the realm of green coffee thus far. I added this powder to my morning superfood drink (that I shake in a blender bottle) that contains other superfoods like cayenne, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, maca and cacao. Since green coffee powder naturally contains some caffeine, I have forgone my cup of coffee on mornings when I add this to my drink. I’ve found that it provides a steady increase of alertness and energy, rather than a jolty, jittery feeling that many artificial energy drinks provide. I love the idea of consuming foods that naturally boost your energy levels and metabolism. This green coffee powder will be a mainstay in my routine as a healthy source of antioxidants.

As always, this was another tremendous experience with new Navitas products. I urge you to give them a try if you haven’t already. They make an incredibly diverse range of health products on their website.

Sun & Moon Organics: Superfood Powders Review

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Sun & Moon Organics

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Sun & Moon Organics:

“Sun & Moon Organics was founded by Nutrition Specialist, Gabrielle Brick. As a mother and Health Coach, Gabrielle specializes in Superfoods and Super-Herbs. Dedicated to providing healthy foods that are affordable and superior in nutrition, Gabrielle decided after years of coaching clients who spent hundreds of dollars every month to get the BEST nutrition available, to create Sun & Moon Organics! These superfood mixes are unique to the market, affordable, and something the whole family can enjoy! Sun & Moon Organics’ Mixes, are made from the highest quality ingredients, fairly traded, never GMO, and always ORGANIC!
We also believe in keeping a green planet so our packaging is 100% recyclable.”

Resonance

About:

“Let nourishment resonate deep within your body, mind, and soul.”
* Immune Booster * Hormone Balance * Sustainable Energy *
Mental Clarity & Focus

Ingredients Certified Organic & Kosher:
Heirloom Cacao Powder, Maca Powder, Mesquite Powder, Lucuma Powder, Vanilla Bean Powder, Ashwagandha Cold Water Extract Powder, Wild Chaga Extract Powder .”

Sweet Tree

About:

“Life’s little pleasures can be found in a tree . . .”

* Uplifts Your Mood * High In Vitamins & Minerals * High Source of Magnesium * High Source of Calcium

Ingredients Certified Organic & Kosher:
Heirloom Caco Powder & Mesquite Powder.”

The Glow

About:

“True health and beauty start on the inside. Let your light shine!”

* Mental Clarity & Focus * Sustainable Energy * Mineral & Antioxidant Boost * Uplifts Your Mood

Ingredients Certified Organic & Kosher:
Heirloom Caco Powder, Heirloom Cacao Nibs, Lucuma Powder, Mesquite Powder, Maca Powder & Vanilla Bean Powder.”

Flirty

About:

“Bring a spark to your day, and let life flirt with you!”

 * Vitamin C Boost * High in Antioxidants * Great Source of Calcium * Uplifts Your Mood

Ingredients Certified Organic & Kosher:
Lucuma Powder, BaoBab Powder, Mesquite Powder & Vanilla Bean Powder.”

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My Thoughts:

This quad of products by Sun & Moon are probably my favorite nutritional product that I’ve ever tried. Let me explain:

I concoct all kinds of potions in the kitchen in a regular basis; always aiming to harness the goodness of nature in easy to ingest, quick ways. Even before discovering Gabrielle and her brand, I had experimented with superfood powders (cacao, cayenne, ginger, cinnamon, maca, turmeric) by adding small amounts of each to a blender bottle, then drinking. I love this part of my routine as a way to quickly get the benefits of all these powerful, antioxidant & nutrient rich powders.

That said, I felt so immediately connected with this brand when I read the ingredients. Not only does Gabrielle use some of my favorites, but she adds other unique ingredients like lucuma, baobab and mesquite. I get so amped up to try new superfoods. It’s like christmas in the kitchen with these Sun & Moon powders.

The amazing thing about these blends is that there’s no added flavoring, nothing artificial at all (only organic ingredients), yet the flavors are surreal. The taste of each blend is unique, incredibly delicious, earthy and unexpectedly good. If I had to choose one, my favorite would be Resonance; the flavor combination is beautifully done, with so much yumminess from the cacao and vanilla bean. I enjoy the flavors so much that I simply mix them (using a blender bottle) with water. However, you can add these mixes by the spoonful to a smoothie as well. I’m sure they would work in baking, however, I advocate keeping these superfoods raw so that you retain all of the benefits they offer.

I can’t say enough good things about Sun & Moon Organics. The quality is top notch, ingredients are as clean as can be, and it’s a whole lot more convenient than shopping for all of these spices and foods individually. I HIGHLY recommend this brand to take your health to the next level. (tastefully!)