Cacao Tonic for Lasting Energy

Cacao Tonic for Lasting Energy

A few months ago I quit drinking coffee and tea as a one month challenge. I still really liked the idea of the ritual of having a warm drink every morning so came up with an alternative that would give me a bit of an energy boost and satisfy my desire for a hot beverage.
Raw Cacao contains magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, manganese and potassium making it an awesome way to boost these nutrients in your body. Please note it does contain caffeine, so if you’re limiting your caffeine intake use with caution.
Ashwagandha is a herb that feeds the brain. It contains components that work on relaxing the central nervous system. It also contains key amino acids that bolster the brains natural supplies.
Maca powder is a great energy booster, as well as a herb that is excellent in helping to balance hormones and boost the immune system.
Chaga mushrooms kind of have a deep coffee like taste which is partially why I love to add them to my drink. Both Chaga and Reishi mushrooms are excellent for boosting immunity and are anti-inflammatory.
MCT Oil and Coconut Oil are both excellent brain foods. I find using a tablespoon of either one in my drink helps to perk me up and keep me going a bit longer.  Having a bit of healthy fat is also supposed to aid in absorption of other nutrients which is great to boost the benefits of the other ingredients in your drink.

Cacao Tonic
Now that we’ve gone over some of the many benefits of drinking a Cacao Tonic, here’s a recipe to try it out for yourself:
Cacao Tonic
1 cup milk of your choice
1 cup reishi/chaga tea blend (I make mine in my crockpot, steeping dried reishi and chaga mushrooms in water on low heat)
1 1/2 Tablespoons Raw Cacao Powder
1 Tablespoon sweetener of choice (I use honey)
1 – 1 1/2 teaspoon of Maca powder, and/or Ashwagandha,
1 Tablespoon MCT oil, or Coconut Oil
On low heat warm the milk and mushroom blend tea. I like to stir it with a whisk to keep it moving. Add the milk/tea mixture to a blender, add in the cacao powder and honey, the maca or ashwagandha, and then the MCT or coconut oil. Blend on high until it’s all blended and frothy. Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy 🙂
Note: I don’t normally measure when I’m making my cacao tonic, so this is a rough idea of what to put in. I like to change it up and make different variations and suggest that you personalize it in your own way.

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