Uplifting Maca Hot Chocolate
Maca and cacao are the perfect combination, their malty, caramel flavours combine well to create a delicious warming drink. Hot chocolate is a winter favourite, but even during the summer you can enjoy this blend. Try this maca hot chocolate iced for a refreshing elixir.
Hot chocolate can be a drink that is notoriously laden with sugar and fat, but this version is all good for you. Use your favourite milk, combine with our fermented Maca Alive and nutrient rich raw cacao for an uplifting morning blend.
Maca is a root vegetable that grows at high altitudes in the Andes mountains of Peru and Bolivia, it’s a herb that has become popular in recent years, but it has a long traditional history of use. Maca has adaptogenic qualities, it is nutrient rich containing amino acids, minerals such as calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and zinc, certain vitamins such as B1, B2 and C, as well as iodine and several essential fatty acids. It is a plant that is very beneficial for strengthening the body, and has been taken for thousands of years in the high altitude climate of Peru to support strength, stamina and vitality. Maca can help to nourish our adrenals and endocrine system, as well as containing nutrients which help to balance hormone production.
Maca has been used for generations in South America and is mostly consumed cooked, and often fermented into a drink called maca chichi. Highly prized in traditional Peruvian culture, maca was once considered sacred in it’s fermented form. It was used in ceremony to bring power and health to all those that consumed it. We use gelatinized maca which we ferment into a much more nutrient rich and potent form. We use 3 different types of maca- yellow, red and black- to make up our organic herbal supplements, and combine with Amazonian camu camu berry for a good source of natural vitamin C. You can simply open the capsules and use the fermented powder in your drinks, and recipes.
Cacao itself is mineral rich, packed with magnesium, and also flavanoids. Cacao is also native to the Amazon basin, and has been consumed for over 4,000 years, it was a popular fermented beverage consumed by the Aztecs, Mayans, and other indigenous people of Central and South America.
Maca Hot Chocolate
1 cup Milk of choice
2 Tbsp raw Cacao powder
1-2 capsules Maca Alive
Sweetener of choice if needed
Pinch of cinnamon and sea salt
Add all ingredients to a saucepan and heat together until warmed.
Alternatively warm the milk and add to a blender with the other ingredients, or use a milk frother to get a super frothy hot chocolate. If you want to make it iced, make up the drink with slightly less milk and then pour your maca hot chocolate over ice and cold milk.
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