I don’t know about you, but I can definitely say that during my past two years of university, I’ve struggled with completing the endless assigned readings each week, getting eight hours of beauty sleep every night, trying to eat healthy without getting milkshakes everyday, maintaining a social life and finding time to exercise. With so many things to juggle on our plates, it can be difficult to stay healthy and feel energised throughout the semester. When I’m tired, run-down and not feeling energised, I often crave all different types of food.
Chocolate is definitely my biggest enemy.
However, minus the sugar, studies have found that chocolate can be healthy. It contains cacao which is a super food high in magnesium and other minerals. It can boost energy, maintain mood levels and helps to maintain heart health. During cold, wintery nights, I often crave a nice, creamy hot chocolate and when trying to eat healthy and satisfy my constant sugar cravings, I’ve tried to substitute the ‘bad’ ingredients for wholesome ones.
Check out my recipe for (vegan) hot chocolate!
- 4 tablespoons of raw cacao (I use Nature’s Way but any high quality brand such as Loving Earth will be perfect!)
- 3-4 tablespoons of rice malt syrup (If you don’t have this, you can use honey)
- 1 cup of vegan milk of your choice (coconut, almond or oat milks are great!)
- Pinch of stevia (don’t worry if you don’t have this, use more honey instead)
- Pinch of cinnamon
- Using a saucepan or small pot, slowly bring the pan to medium to high heat.
- Pour in the milk and begin stirring as the saucepan gets warmer.
- Add the rice malt/honey and stir until dissolved.
- Add the cacao and stir until dissolved then add the stevia and cinnamon.
- Bring to medium-high heat (but not boiling point) and stir for another 3-5 mins until all ingredients are dissolved.
- Serve in a nice mug or glass
By Natalie Ho