I posted this recipe last year, but I have updated it with my current favorites :) I also started substituting date syrup for honey, (as Ayurveda says that you should not heat honey and there are scientific studies that back that up)
Raw Cacao contains the alkaloid theobromine which has a mood-elevating effect. It also contains serotonin, dopamine, monoamine oxidase, and a variety of flavonoids. These are thought to lower blood pressure, prevent migraine, and contribute to its mood-elevating effects.
Cacao does have a little caffeine, but not much. (A cup of this is equivalent to about 1/20th of the caffeine in a cup of coffee.) Something about the raw cacao has a similarity to coffee, which makes sense, they are both dark seeds from trees that grow in warm climates. There is a thick richness to this that I have grown to really love every morning. It isn't at all acidic or dehydrating and the adaptogens have a wealth of incredible properties. You can substitute herbs as you wish and as your body requires -RECIPE
1-2 REALLY HEAPING TBSP RAW CACAO
PINCH OF HIMALAYAN SALT
1/2 TSP REISHI
1/2 TSP CORDYCEPS
1/2 TSP CHAGA
1/2 TSP LIONS MANE
1/2 TSP ASHWAGANDHA
1/2 TBSP MACA
HOMEMADE CASHEW MILK*
DATE SYRUP (sweetener) TO TASTE
I like to pre-mix a batch of this for a week at a time so I don't have to scoop each ingredient every morning -
I put all of the dry ingredients into a mug and pour boiled water halfway in, then stir with a spoon (or handheld milk frother if you are fancy) until it is smooth
Once blended, add the cashew milk, sweetener, and fill the rest of the way with hot water
*Homemade cashew milk is super easy - just soak your cashews overnight in water in the fridge, put in the blender with water (and dates, a pinch of salt and vanilla to taste) - keep adding water until the consistency is a thick milk
Here is why I gave up caffeine and started making this!
I was having a lot of unexplained headaches and an acupuncturist told me to try giving it up. So I did. (I also started tracking my water intake, just by carrying a 32oz water bottle and making sure to drink at least 2 in a day)
If you want to give up coffee for any reason, I highly recommend this, or it is great just as a tonic. Purchasing the herbs is an upfront cost, but they last a really long time. You can also adjust which herbs you add to the cacao, depending on what you're into ❤️
Giving up coffee can be really hard, but after the initial shock + caffeine withdrawal headaches, it is surprisingly easy to go without caffeine. I went to a class on ayurvedic medicine recently, and the teacher mentioned that in the afternoon when you get super sleepy after lunch when you want to reach for an espresso, it is your body and organs needing a rest after eating, (makes sense that most of the world traditionally takes a siesta after lunch). Coffee actually shocks the system and prevents this needed rest. Try having some herbal tea and lying down for ten minutes. That is actually what your body is asking for! It takes ten minutes to run to the coffeeshop anyway...
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