In honour of International Women’s Day this week, I’d like to share a recipe with you that is both rich and indulgent, but which also supports female health – my take on a healthy hot chocolate. I know that you may be thinking that the words ‘healthy’ and ‘hot chocolate’ don’t belong together. Read on to find out why I believe this definitely fits the bill.
Milk – I’ve chosen to use almond milk as the base, as dairy is known to raise inflammation. This can be a problem in conditions such as endometriosis and fibroids. Take care when choosing a non-dairy alternative, some of them have frighteningly long ingredient lists. Essentially you’re looking for something with nuts/oats and water. A pinch of salt is also acceptable. My favourites are those by Plenish.
Chocolate – We’re using the real stuff, and over 70% to ensure good levels of polyphenols (the health promoting bit that gives us lots of antioxidants), magnesium to lower stress and less sugar.
Maca powder – Maca is an adaptogen, understood to support and balance female hormones, boost energy and give one’s libido a helping hand.
Cinnamon – Cinnamon has been shown to help with blood glucose balance. This can be a problem for women with PMS and endometriosis, as well as anyone going through the menopause.
250ml almond milk
25g dark chocolate, broken into pieces
1/2 tsp maca powder
A sprinkle of cinnamon
Put the milk and chocolate in a small saucepan and gently heat until the chocolate has fully melted.
Remove from the heat and add the maca and cinnamon. Whisk to combine, then enjoy.