Talk about a reason to celebrate, it’s National Chocolate Day today!
Hello, I will cheers to that!
I make a delightful chocolatey drink fairly frequently to kick start my morning. By fairly frequently, I mean at least 4 times a week. I love me a green smoothie, but that comes after a nice warm cup of herbal hot chocolate. So you can only imagine my excitement when I read that today is National Chocolate Day. Talk about a serious morning celebration!
I can’t rightfully call it a Hot Chocolate, more of a Warm Cacao. Warm, because using hot water would strip & harm the herbs, spices and superfoods of their precious and in some cases fragile goodies. You know, the stuff that makes them super. You want to make sure you keep those intact!
Making a warm morning elixir as the frosty days begin setting in is one of my favorite rituals. Definitely. I love to increase the cozy factor in the morning (who am I kidding, I’m down for that at any time) it really helps me set up for the day. Something I assume coffee drinkers enjoy too – the ones who actually sit down to enjoy their cup, I’m not talking the ones who drink it on the go. Starting the day off slow, giving yourself all kinds of time & then having something beautifully warm, aromatic and soothing to start the day off is a must in the winter. I know it sucks, trust me. I happen to feel it’s incredibly unnatural to have to wake up in the dark and shoot off to work & don’t even get me started on scraping off the car.
A slow start saves me, I am notorious for being over half an hour early for work in the mornings. Crafting an elixir such as this is extremely helpful in promoting a slow start, a total invigoration and cell wakeup. I function way less than optimally when I wake up rushed, scrambling out the door. The whole day can take on a stressful undertone not to mention a really hangry Scorpio if lunch wasn’t properly prepared. I strongly recommend honouring yourself and starting the morning off nice and deliberate.
- Ritualize your get up. Slowly start setting your alarm a touch earlier every week for the next month. Say, 30 minutes earlier to start, as you get used to that – increase by another 10-30 minutes weekly as the month progresses.
- Spend 5 of those extra 30 minutes laying in bed, keeping either a lamp (salt lamps work great for simulating sunrise) or the alarm on to make sure you don’t fall back asleep – in turn making you late! Lay in bed and focus your energy on one thing, it could be what you want your day to look like, it could be a word you want to infuse your day with, anything- just keep it simple and stick to one thing. (Sometimes when I am feeling extra sleepy and my mind doesn’t really feel ready to focus, I spend those first 5-10 minutes scratching my kitty & listening to her purr)
- Head to the kitchen and start a pot of water boiling, pots work better than kettles to get the temperature correct. The water doesn’t need to boil, it just needs to warm. To save yourself some precious time, the pot can be filled the night before – none refrigerated elixir ingredients may also be added to a glass or ceramic bowl to save a few minutes of early hour prep work
- Spend a few minutes just breathing, slowly and deliberately. Really tune yourself in while you inhale and exhale.
- Stretch. Sit with perfect posture.
- Instead of thinking up 10+ things you need to do, focus on 3-5. Prioritize your time, thinking slowly and rationally about them when you have extra time in the morning makes them seem less daunting.
- Do not allow yourself to rush, the whole point is to operate slowly and really feel your body wake up & take on it’s natural rhythms. It might be difficult to add in that extra time at the start but it will prompt you to be more productive throughout the day which can seriously impact the time you go to bed. Going to bed a bit earlier makes getting up in the morning easier, and of course being more productive helps to shut the brain down when the lights turn out.
*A few ingredient notes*
Various superfood ingredients in a morning elixir will without a doubt boost your health. Taking time for yourself and not allowing a stressful morning to occur will only increase the health + immunity that the elixir is boosting. Choosing items like the ones I have listed below might sound foreign, you may not know where to locate them or how to use them. That’s completely normal at first.
Most grocery stores these days carry coconut oil, you can likely even find tahini in a conventional store. If they don’t have a raw version, or any tahini at all – use a non peanut nut butter. Almond, hazelnut, or even a sunflower seed butter would be fantastic. Nut/seed butters add flavour, thickness and protein. I choose raw tahini for the plant calcium, but that’s just my own self trying to work against the osteo in my genes. I prefer raw honey because, well, it’s just the bomb – that being said maple syrup would work fantastic in it’s place. Most health food grocery stores will carry a raw cacao powder (mega high in minerals), maca powder (great energy enhancer), medicinal mushrooms (reishi and chaga are very popular & are incredible for anti viral action along with a huge list of others), and typically even ashwagandha powder (mega restorative). E3Live can be replaced by a chlorella or a spirulina powder – both found in health food stores. Rosehip powder, well you could make that yourself by drying and crushing rosehips in the fall – but it can be replaced by any other vitamin c rich superfood or not used at all.
The beauty of all of these ingredients is they can be added and subtracted depending on availability. Things like blueberry or acai powder can be used, camu camu as well. There are all kinds of amazing ingredients out there, it can take a bit of effort but it’s your health. It’s in your best interest or it dang well should be. Harmonic Arts sells and ships amazing products, I absolutely love them and use them daily. New Earth Organics has great products, Navitas Naturals (which I know Whole Foods carries – we don’t have WF here in Alberta but I have seen Navitas Naturlas in their stores elsewhere) & Organic Traditions as well.
Medicinal Warm Cacao
3 Cups Warm Water + 1 Cup of Cold Water
2 Tablespoons Raw Tahini
1-2 Tablespoons Raw Honey
1/2 Teaspoon Maca Powder
1/3-1/2 Cup Raw Cacao Powder
1-2 Teaspoon Rosehip Powder
1 Tablespoon Baobab Powder
1/2 Teaspoon E3Live
1/4-1/3 Teaspoon Shilajit Powder
2 Tablespoons Mushroom Powder
2 Teaspoons Ashwagandha Powder
1/2 Teaspoon True Cinnamon
1/2 Teaspoon Ginger Root Powder
3 Tablespoons Raw Coconut Oil
Pinch of Cayenne
Night before, prep all powders & get them in a glass bowl. Fire up the stove and get the water nice and warm – no boiling and no simmering, just warm. Pour all the powders into a blender along with the tahini, coconut oil and cold water. Give it a bit of a blitz, get the cold water all over the powder (this will help not shock the superfoods when the warmth comes in), then add in the warm water and whirl until no powder is left unincorporated. Enjoy warm, straight away!
Superfoods are potent and demand respect, they can also come with a fair sized price tag. Start slow, build a relationship with one at a time – don’t jump into anything on the first date.
Much chocolatey love xx0