As I try to kick caffeine (you know how hard that is!) I’ve started getting some help from this adaptogenic hot cocoa! I love it because it’s hot and foamy, so it feels like my latte in my hands, and it’s got everything I need to help me kick the habit. Below the recipe, you’ll find Dr. Lisa’s insights.
Heat 6 ounces of your choice of nut milk in a small pot.
(I use homemade almond or brazil milk)
Whisk in the following while the liquid comes to a boil:
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon raw cacao
1 teaspoon maca
½ teaspoon he shou wu
½ teaspoon reishi
1 tablespoon mesquite
½ teaspoon cinnamon
optional: 1 tablespoon raw honey
When it’s nice and hot, blend it in a vitamix or blender for 30 seconds to get a nice froth.
Here’s what Dr. Lisa says about it:
Health issues show up when something is missing (eg. nutrient, sleep, connection) or when something is in the way (eg. inflammatory food, heavy metal, virus) of normal function. Adaptogens are a class of herbs that meet the body where it’s at to help it cope better with what life is throwing at it — whether that means nourishing a deficiency, or helping the body handle an excess load.
If coffee has been your main coping mechanism — but you suspect that it’s not your friend and you want to kick it (but are terrified that you won’t make it through the morning without it) — an adaptogen cocktail may be your way out. Rather than stimulating false, jittery energy (like caffeine), they let the body adapt to it’s current circumstances better – thus freeing up more true, balanced energy.