To kick off the new year, one of my fave clients told me she really wanted a reboot, and had decided she wanted to do a detox diet. So, in the spirit of camaraderie, (OR, the fact that I could definitely use the reboot myself) I decided to join her.
We’re doing a real-food detox, so this is not a juicing fast, or anything like that – just good, clean whole foods that will give us a fresh, healthy start to the new year. Eliminating some of the foods that promote inflammation, toxins and all those things we can really do without, and focusing on foods to help our bodies find their balance again.
What’s it to you?
Well, you, my friends, are going to reap the rewards. Or, at least as many as you can without actually joining us.
Only a couple of days in, and I’ve made so many new discoveries in terms of new foods, recipes, resources, etc. and it just feels wrong to keep them to myself.
So, although you might not be ready for (or even be down with), going on a detox just yet – each healthy recipe, tool, trick, product you add into your routine, adds up to make a difference.
Discovery number one saved me in a moment of serious desperation.
Picture it: Day 1 of Detox – I wake up to torrential rains. You know, the ones on Monday that melted all the snow from last week’s blizzard. Not the hugest deal, except for the fact that when it rains like this – at my apartment – this means it’s going to be raining both inside and out. And I don’t mean a slow drip, I mean active rainfall. I’m working on it with the landlord, but in the meantime, it was going to be a long day, and all I could think was: Coffee Please! The follow-up thought quickly stepped in: Detox = Coffee – not allowed. Nooooooo!
Well, I need it
But it’s raining In my apartment = I deserve it.
You promised you were in on this.
This conversation with myself may or may not have been out loud..
Thank God I had read about this raw cocoa drink the night before, because let’s face it, when you’re dying for the rich comfort of coffee, herbal tea just isn’t going to cut it. If someone had offered it to me, I may have thrown it on the floor with the 10 pots and pans across my floor ready to catch the rainfall I could already start to hear.
Back to the miracle drink: Almond milk, cacao, and a touch of stevia, that’s it.
Okay, yep, basically it’s hot chocolate. But it’s rich, super chocolatey dairy-free, sugar-free hot chocolate that’s not only is totally allowed, but Good.for.You.
Since I made my own almond milk the night before (SO easy – more on that in the coming days) this was sounding better and better. Not to mention there are 1 or 2 benefits of raw cacao:
- One of the highest concentrations of antioxidants – reducing damage-causing free radicals, decreasing inflammation, helping to protect your heart and preventing cellular damage. And one near and dear to my heart these days – keeping you looking young and healthy for the long haul!
- Mood enhancing.. it stimulates the brain to release the neurotransmitters we naturally release when we’re excited or fall in love! Same deal increasing cognitive function.
- It’s one of the best sources of magnesium out there – magnesium helps with calcium absorption, metabolism, and protein synthesis, it’s important for muscle and nerve function
- It’s fiber-rich!
- Helps to lower the bad cholesterol and increase the good
- It also contains iron, copper, calcium, potassium, and zinc.
With all these benefits – something to consider adding into the rotation detox or not
As for the “recipe”:
1 Cup almond milk (or nut, rice etc milk of choice)
2 TBS of raw cacao (I was shaving my own and it got a little messy – if you’re using powder, maybe start with 1 and build from there if needed)
Couple drips of Stevia
(And just because I add it to everything – a good couple of shakes of cinnamon)
Heat on low heat on the stove until warm and everything blends together. I think you know what hot chocolate should look like. Obviously if you’ve got a microwave, you can give that a whirl as well.
This morning I made it again, but then decided it was an iced sort of a day and threw it in the freezer for a bit. Just as delicious on ice – maybe even more so.