As soon as the temperature drops and rainy days seem never-ending, that’s when warm, comforting drinks make their delicious way into my kitchen. There is nothing like coming home from a long walk in the rain or from a harsh day at the office and having a cup of hot, creamy hot chocolate to warm you up and cheer you up.
How to make a Hormone Balancing Hot Chocolate
While I love a cup of classic hot chocolate, my struggle with hormone imbalance got me searching for vegan versions. Conventional milk and dairy products are loaded with hormones, antibiotics, steroids and pesticides, and are definitely something you should ditch if you’re dealing with hormone issues. I always go for a tasty vegan milk for my hot chocolate recipes, and almond is definitely my favorite.
There are four ingredients I love to add to my hot chocolate to get a lush, creamy texture, a delicious taste and turn it into real medicine.
Raw cacao powder
Cacao powder is loaded with essential and trace minerals, especially magnesium, which can help balance mood swings.
The Peruvian ginseng, this radish related plant was long used for promoting sexual function and chronic fatigue syndrome. With its high mineral and vitamin content, especially iron, magnesium and B complex, maca can help balance hormones.
Plus the natural sugars in maca help give hot chocolate a delicious taste. While you’re enjoying this tasty beverage, the rich nutrient profile of the maca powder is going to work to increase libido and fertility, balance hormone levels and alleviate PMS.
The Gold of the Incas, lucuma has a delicious maple syrup-like taste that delivers a subtle sweetness to whatever it’s included in. Rich in beta-carotene, B vitamins, vitamin C, iron, calcium and other trace minerals, lucuma is a great natural energizer, gives vitality and helps with depression.
A great source of soluble fiber and plant-based protein, chia seeds turn into a gelatinous mass and absorb toxins and excess estrogen, flushing them out and preventing their leak back into the blood stream.
These four ingredients make a delicious elixir for hormone balance and mood boost, making this hot chocolate the perfect treat for the days when the sun seems to never show its face.
Hormone Balancing Vegan Hot Chocolate Recipe
- In a medium bowl add the chia seeds and pitted dates, pour over a half of cup almond milk and let soak for 30 minutes.
- Transfer into the blender, alongside with the rest of the ingredients, and process to obtain a smooth liquid.
- Add it into a medium sauce pan and heat until comfortably to drink. Do not bring to boil, because the lucuma and maca nutrients can be destroyed.
This post was medically reviewed by Dr. Kimberly Langdon, M.D., a university-trained obstetrician/gynecologist with 19 years of clinical experience. Learn more about Hello Glow’s medical review board here. As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.154