“Healthy” hot chocolate

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If you can’t tell already, I have a super-sweet tooth. It’s so sweet that once I start having sugar-y food, I have trouble stopping. So I’ve been trying to cut back and tame my “sugar beast”.

I’m also an after dinner snacker. Another habit I’m trying to curb. Sometimes a cup of dandelion tea will do the trick, but sometimes I need a little bit more…

That’s why this hot chocolate recipe from my friend Tina has been a godsend! (or a Tina-send…?)

I like to think that it’s “healthy” and it’s certainly better than having dark chocolate, however I still see it as a treat.

“Healthy” hot chocolate

Ingredients:

  • A cup or mug’s worth of unsweetened almond milk or rice milk (I tend to have rice milk always on hand)
  • 1 teaspoon pure unsweetened cocoa or cacao powder
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
  • Dash cinnamon power
  • 1/2 teaspoon lavender tea (optional, but recommended)

Method:

  1. Combine milk, cocoa, coconut oil and cinnamon in a small pan.
  2. Stir over medium heat, until combined and warm.
  3. If using lavender tea, place the lavender flowers in a single tea ball, place in mug, and when the cocoa mixture is warmed to your liking, pour into the mug.

If using lavender tea, you may wish to remove it after a few minutes and it’s seeped to your liking.

Gorgeous green juice

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I got pretty excited when I finally found kale at the local sustainable market, and bought two massive bunches of it… So then I had to find other things to do with it.

My housemate’s got a juicer, so I decided to try juicing it. I searches for a few recipes and eventually came across this one which I like.

If you prefer sweet juices, this probably isn’t for you. It’s very veggie, and a bit tart, but sooo good for you. I also find it a great immune system boost, particularly in this wintery weather.

Gorgeous green juice

Ingredients:

Adjust the quantity as you prefer, or to make more. This is about how much I use for one large glass.

  • 1/3 continental cucumber, cut into pieces
  • 2 smallish apples (I used red delicious), cut into quarters, with the pips removed
  • 1 lemon, peel removed and cut into quarters
  • 1 handful-ish of continental parsley, chopped
  • Approximately 8-10 kale leaves, chopped

Method:

  1. Rinse all of the chopped/prepared ingredients and juice through a juicing machine.
  2. And drink!

If you need an extra immune boost, try stirring through a heaped teaspoon of spirulina.

If you can’t be bothered making your own juice, or want to take it to the next level and treat your body to a full juice detox, check out Juice Revolution.

They’ve got a range of delicious and uber-organic juice products and detox programs. You can order them online and make your body sing!

And while the lovely Juice Revolution ladies are friends of mine, this is not a sponsored post. Just sharing a great product and service.