Healthy Recipe: Healthy Hot Cocoa with Cocoa Hx®!
Stay warm with this delicious recipe for healthy hot cocoa!
Chocolate is one of nature’s most powerful superfoods. In its natural form, chocolate contains a wide variety of minerals, vitamins and antioxidant flavonoids that offer great health benefits – but the benefits of chocolate are generally reversed when milk, cholesterol from milk solids, and/or an enormous amount of refined sugar are added. This recipe includes our popular Cocoa Hx® powder, which is packed with flavor without the unhealthy additives. Try it out and let us know what you think!
Cocoa Benefits & Information
Chocolate, cocoa, is one of nature’s most powerful super foods. It its natural form, it contains a wide variety of minerals, vitamins and antioxidant flavonoids that offer great health benefits. But the benefits of chocolate are generally reversed when milk, cholesterol from milk solids, and/or an enormous amount of refined sugar are added. Cocoa is naturally bitter in flavor so chocolate bars require a lot of sweetening. When cocoa is cooked, it becomes even more bitter.
Cocoa in its natural form (without the additives) includes essential minerals such as magnesium, calcium, iron and zinc, as well as the Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C, E and pantothenic acid. In addition, it has polyphenols similar to those found in wine that offer excellent antioxidant protection. These beneficial antioxidants increase circulation to the brain and heart, improving healthy blood flow. They also help to reduce the blood’s clotting function, potentially decreasing your risk of blood and cardiovascular related health issues. Together, these agents help improve various areas of health such as circulation, energy and mood. Flavonols appear to be the substances in cocoa that are responsible for boosting heart health and keeping blood pressure in the normal range. These substances appear to improve the bioavailability of nitric oxide from the cells that line the inner wall of blood vessels.
Our Cocoa Hx® formula tastes delicious and mixes well with either hot or cold beverages, including InVite®’s other superfood powders! It can also be added to yogurt or smoothies for a great-tasting supplement to a healthy dessert! We do not recommend it be mixed with dairy milk but it can be mixed with milk substitutes such as almond, hemp, oat, rice or organic soy milk. It also tastes great in plain water. The flavor is enhanced with the non-caloric natural sweetener Xylitol and the herb Stevia. This product is free of fat, sugar and cholesterol. 100mg of ORAC* blend is added for extra antioxidant protection.