Has this dark, cold, and dreary weather got you down? Sometimes we just need to treat ourselves, and this hot cocoa will certainly lift your spirits!
I'm also less active in these winter months (as an introvert, I want to be as far away from any gyms or studios during the month of January as possible), so I have increased the amount of fat in my diet and lowered the amount of carbohydrates to compensate for this. I have found that this is what works best for my body, and fat-fueled drinks like this are a great way to maintain my metabolism without the sugar spikes and crashes.
This is also a great way to get some grass-fed collagen in. The benefits of grass-fed collagen are numerous and have been written about more than enough times (here, here, and here, just to name a few), but I will say that it has helped heal my gut and improve my mood. Amino acids are precursors for neurotransmitters (for example, l-tyrosine is a precursor to dopamine, which makes us happy but also helps with focus and memory); and the amino acids in collagen are very easily assimilated into the body. Not to mention the whole gut-brain connection. Collagen is also great for skin, hair, nails, and anti-aging.
A few notes:
Total time: 10 minutes
Heat almond milk in a small pot over medium-high heat until it starts to boil. Remove from heat and add to the blender along with the remaining ingredients. Blend until smooth and serve hot.
Alternatively, if you heat the almond milk in a slightly larger pot, you can add the remaining ingredients straight to the pot and blend it until smooth using an immersion blender.
Still unsure about using grass-fed butter so liberally? Check out this video by Liz Wolfe, NTP, as well as my Nutritional Therapy Symposium article on grass-fed butter.
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