Well it is official, Autumn is here. School is back in full swing, sweaters come out of hiding, and pumpkin scented/flavoured everything hits the shelves.
Like most people, this is definitely my favourite time of year. I am a true October baby through and through.
While there are so many things to be praised about fall, this season is not without its downfalls.
The days get shorter and the afternoon slump begins to set in earlier
Colds and sniffles ripple through offices, schools and public transit
Midterms and school work pile up leading to that ugly thing called s-t-r-e-s-s
Cravings for sweet warm seasonal drinks are undeniable
But don't fret!! I have a solution for all of these things.
The answer is hot chocolate.
Yup. Hot chocolate.
BUT, this is not just any hot chocolate. This is an immune boosting, stress-resistant, creamy delicious cup of amazingness.
Strengthening Chaga Hot Chocolate
Chaga medicinal mushrooms are at the top of my list of favourite plants. I wrote up a whole post about their health benefits here . In short, they contain compounds called beta-D-glucans which act as an immune modulator (immune support!) and an adaptogen (help your body become more resilient to the effects of stress). Yay!
I blend this hot chocolate with grass-fed (MUST BE GRASS-FED) butter. Yes, you read that right, butter. Not only does it make the hot chocolate nice and creamy, but it also adds many health benefits.
Vitamins A,D,E,K - including vitamin K2 which helps prevent against atherosclerosis
It provides more omega-3's than its non-grass fed counterpart
Contains a short-chain fatty acid called butyrate - shown in humans to reduce inflammation
Contains CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) - shown to be anti-cancer and helps lower body fat
This infographic below from Bulletproof says it all!
1 TBSP grass-fed butter
1 TBSP pure maple syrup
2 TBSP organic cocoa powder
1.5 cups of brewed chaga tea (2 TBSP dried chaga in water simmered over low heat for 1-2 hours, then strain off the tea)
pinch of sea salt or pink himalayan salt
Blend all ingredients in a blender for 30 seconds and enjoy
It is seriously the B-O-M-B
For a spicy twist, this would also be delicious with strongly steeped chai tea in place of the chaga.
Give it a try and let me know what you think in the comments below!!