I’ve talked a lot about my breakup with coffee, and have shared numerous caffeine-free latte recipes, that benefit hormone-health. The matter of the fact is that coffee is depleting: depleting to our hormones, as well as our adrenals. Typically, we rely on coffee as an energy boost: to wake us up and get us going. The ever-ironic thing here is that the more coffee we drink, the more depleted our adrenals become, thus the more coffee we feel we need, in order to keep going. A never-ending circle!
Now, I know coffee-drinking is more than a means to get us going; it’s also an enjoyment - it lifts our spirits. Chances are, you’ve created some sort of ritual with coffee, whether you realize it, or not. I could go on all day about why taking away coffee is a benefit to your body, but the enjoyment factor would still linger: how can we lift our spirits, daily, without coffee?! One word: cacao.
In traditional-Mayan culture, cacao was considered a powerful medicine, consumed frequently in drinks, and favored among the elite. It would be served at special feasts and ceremonies, both religious and cultural, and was even used as currency. Along with the elite, warriors would also partake of the cacao drink before entering battle, and carry additional cacao with their armor so that they might regain their energy during a battle.
Cacao does contain caffeine (but much smaller amounts, compared to coffee), however, it contains what coffee does not: magnesium. Magnesium helps balance out the caffeine, and keeps our hormones and mood balanced, and our energy levels high! Instead of depleting the adrenals, it helps support them.
Cacao is so healthy for us! It’s packed with enzymes, antioxidants, and flavonoids, which can reduce stress, support blood sugar control and increase endorphins (our feel good hormones). The theobromine I mentioned earlier stimulates blood flow to the brain and heart, allowing more oxygen to reach these areas (Organic Olivia).
Recently, I’ve been trying to curate cacao tradition, in each day (especially mid-morning). As a person that doesn’t consume coffee, I’ve already found a lovely routine in creating my caffeine-free lattes, but adding in cacao has helped boost my mood, even more, allowing me to feel more energized, and powerful, to take on the day.
mid-morning cacao drink
You will need:
4 oz. warm water (not boiling to protect honey enzymes)
4 oz. homemade nut milk
1 TBSP raw honey (or local maple syrup, or coconut sugar) B. Powered is my favorite!
1 TBSP raw cacao powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp adaptogens of choice (optional) *I like to add gelatinized maca powder, and tocos
If adding Teeccino, I like to steep the tea with the warm water, for a few minutes, first
On the stovetop (at low heat), add nut milk, raw honey, raw cacao, cinnamon and adaptogens
Once heated, add in warm water (with/without tea)
*** Make sure to not boil any part of this. You want to protect the honey and cacao enzymes
Aside from being damn tasty, this “adult hot chocolate” is the perfect sweet drink. Try incorporating it into your morning routine and let me know what you think!