Supercharged Cacao to Start your Day

Have you ever tried starting your day off with supercharged cacao or bulletproof coffee? It took me a while to work out a recipe that I liked and that felt good in my belly but now I have found it I drink it almost every day.

The reason they are so good for you is that it’s jam-packed with nutrients that are easily digested in the morning on an empty stomach. They have a high amount of healthy fats which is great for our brains and assist in kickstarting your metabolism. There can be a wide range of other benefits as well depending on what you choose to add into it.

It is not just a drink for the morning. I will often have one around that min morning or 3 pm slump when I need a little pick me up. I also find that it really fills me up due to the healthy fat content and therefore leaves me satisfied until my next meal.

You will find the recipe below or on a downloadable pdf but I just want to take you through my favourtie brands I use (not sponsored).

Milk: I love to use pure harvest organic coconut milk. It has no added sugars or fillers and makes for a deliciously creamy drink. You could also use pure harvest almond milk or organic cows milk. Any milk of your choosing will work in this recipe but the higher the fat content the creamer and frothier result you will get.

Raw cacao: Not all cacao was created equally. You want to look for one that is raw and pure. You can also get ceremony cacao which is particularly delicious. Different brands will have different flavours and strengths so it may be trial and error to see how much you need. Generally, anywhere between 1/2-1 teaspoon is great!

Collagen powder: I use Nutra Organics Collagen Beauty powder. They also have a build and a body one but I have been working specifically on the health of my hair and skin. Your local health food shop will have a range of different ones. Just be sure you are finding one that is organic and has no artificial fillers added.

Mushroom powder: These are great to add to your drink as they have so many health benefits. Different mushrooms will help to target specific areas of your health so I recommend doing some research. I use the brand Teelixir as they are certified organic and are very well priced. Chaga and Cordyceps are my favourites however my husband tends to prefer Reishi. They have some great bundles and sample packs on their website for you to try.

Coffee: I tend to use Republica organic decaf instant coffee as I love the taste and its super convenient. You can use whatever coffee you would normally use. If you like to have an espresso then reduce the amount of milk so that it will still fit into your cup.

MCT oil: MCT oil is a type of coconut oil where the long chains have been taken out so it will not solidify. It will stay as a liquid form and is full of good fats. This is great for your brain health as well as your gut. I don’t use a specific brand but I always look for one that is organic and pure. You can get this as your local health food store and it is starting to make its way to large supermarket chains.

Essential Oils*: These add a delicious flavour to your drink as well as so many additional health and emotional benefits. I love to use Ginger and Pink Pepper in mine but there are so many combinations to try. You can make a chai type blend with cinnamon and Cardamon and Tumeric or brighten it up with Wild Orange to make it like a Jaffa. Have fun with it and experiment! Remember the oils smell very strong in the bottle so may taste different from the smell. You will only ever need one drop of each or less than a drop if you are using many. You can put a toothpick in the top and then swirl it in your drink if you are only after a hint of flavour.

*I would only ever recommend using doTERRA essential oils for food flavouring. The essential oil industry is not regulated and therefore many oils you purchase will be filled with synthetic chemicals that you do not want in your body. If you wish to purchase oils and are not currently working with anyone please feel free to contact me and I will set you up.

Supercharged Cacao Recipe

1 cup of coconut milk (or milk of choice)
1 tsp raw cacao
1 serve of Collagen powder
1 tsp mushroom powder of choice (Chaga is nice)
1 tsp of instant coffee or 1 shot of espresso (I use Republica organic decaf)
1 tbsp MCT oil
1 drop of Pink Pepper essential oil
1 drop of Ginger essential oil
(can also use a combination of Cardamon, Turmeric, Black Pepper, Wild Orange, Clove or Cinnamon essential oils)

Thermal Method
1. Place all items except the essential oils into your Thermal appliance and blend for 5-min 80deg speed 2 (if you are making a larger quantity up the time and if you like your drink hotter than 80 deg feel free to up the temp)
2. Add essential oils and blend 10-sec speed 8 to froth it up
3. Pour into your favourite mug or travel cup and enjoy!

Non-Thermal Method
1. Place all items except the essential oils into a pot and stir on low temperature on the stove until the desired temperature is reached
2. Add the hot mixture and essential oils into your blender and blend on high speed for 10-sec
3. Pour into your favourite mug or travel cup and enjoy!

Please let me know in the comments below if you try and loved this recipe!

Carolyn xx

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