LAVENDER HOT CHOCOLATE

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December is upon us and with it brings the many holiday festivities, parties, and gatherings. While I plan on sticking to health-conscious food choices over the coming weeks, I like to think that with this season comes a little more wiggle room for indulgences. To satisfy my sweet tooth while keeping in mind the balance of good and good for you, I opted for almond milk instead of cow’s milk {a given, as I find cow’s milk to be slightly off-putting; which I plan to eventually write about}, and skipped the whip cream and marshmallows.

This simple hot chocolate recipe offers rich creaminess with a subtle hint of calming lavender; the perfect sleepy-time treat.

The Ingredients {Yield: 2 servings Total Time: 10 minutes}

  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 3 oz. 70% dark chocolate
  • 1 oz. milk chocolate
  • 1/2 teaspoon lavender buds

The Directions

1. In a saucepan over medium heat, add milk and lavender, whisking occasionally until simmer

2. Remove from heat and let steep for 5 minutes

3. Strain lavender buds and return milk to saucepan

4. Over medium heat, add chocolate and stir until melted and smooth. Quickly whisk mixture for 10-20 seconds to froth

5. Pour into your favourite mug, top with froth and enjoy!

GREEN JUICE PREP + CHIA HEALTH BENEFITS

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We all know by now that chia is a powerful, nutrient-rich seed that boasts many benefits. I wanted to reiterate how amazing and versatile this little seed is. Thanks to its very mild flavour, not only can you add it to any and every dish, you can make them into a meal of their own! See my recipe for chia pudding here.

5 Reasons Why You’ll Want To Incorporate Chia {nature’s superfood} To Your Diet:

1. It is super high in dietary fibre, making it great for digestion and healing digestion issues

2. It contains 20% Omega 3 ALA, making it a super food for the brain and heart. Chia has eight times more Omega 3 than salmon

3. It boasts 20% protein; it is a complete protein with all 8 essential amino acids

4. It is high in antioxidants {4x higher ORAC value than blueberries}

5. It contains three times more iron than spinach

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