A great little pick-me-up drink, a genuinely warming, nourishing food as medicine treat; hormone balancing when made with walnut milk.
Cacao is one of the richest plant-based sources of iron & antioxidants. Cacao has anti-inflammatory, brain, nervous systems and heart-healthy nutrients making cacao a delicious food as a medicinal drink. Cacao is bitter; bitter flavours are great for stimulating our digestive enzymes and boosting our metabolism.
I drink pure unprocessed cacao powder every day – warm in winter and cold in summer. I find drinking raw cacao or unprocessed cocoa powder deeply nourishing, grounding and satisfying.
Herbal Medicinal Recipes have healing food ingredients with medicinal properties. Culinary & medical plants have properties that benefit our health.
Anti-oxidant are phytonutrients that can help slow & prevent cellular damage from free radicals that can cause disease. Many plants contain anti-oxidants.
Recipes have ingredients with anti-inflammatory nutrients and avoid common inflammatory foods like sugar, gluten, dairy and processed food. A whole food diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods can help relieve symptoms of inflammation within the body. Inflammation is at the root of most disease = dis-ease.
Eating foods rich in certain vitamins minerals & phytonutrients can help balance our bodies hormones and endocrine system which affect our adrenal, thyroid, reproductive health.
Hormonal imbalances may cause a wide variety of different symptoms from fatigue, mood swings, brain fog, anxiety, insomnia, weight gain, weight loss, food cravings, skin + hair + nail health, muscle weakness or pain, inflammation, dryness, infertility,
Foods that can help with balancing hormones;
Leafy Greens & Root Vegetables - high in antioxidants
Nuts - walnuts, brazil nuts,
Seeds - flax, hemp, chia, pumpkin, sunflower,
Wild-caught Omega 3 rich fish like Salmon
Coconut Oil - Medium Triglyercide
Seaweeds & Nettles, Parsley, Dandelions
Medicinal Herbs like Ashwagandha, Shatavari, Maca, Triphala, Licorice, Adaptogens
Omega 3's, Iodine, Selenium, Vitamin B's & D, Digestive enzymes, bitters,
Probiotic and prebiotic foods
Organic & low toxic foods, body & household products
Iron is a mineral essential for building red blood cells, carrying oxygen to lungs & tissues, cellular energy metabolism, healthy brain & immune functions.
Foods high in Iron;
Spinach, kale, parsley, nettles, seaweed, algae, leafy greens, potato skin
Red meat, poultry, liver, fish, shellfish - sardines,
Tofu, Black Beans, Chickpeas, Lentils, Beans
Quinoa, Teff, Oats, Buckwheat, Rice, Millet, Barley, Wheat
Seeds pumpkin & squash, pistachios, hemp, flax, almonds, cashews, cacao, dark chocolate,
Dried fruits apricots, raisins, molasses
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USE whatever milk you like – fresh Walnut Milk is lovely, nutrient-dense, and so easy to make!
CACAO | Cocoa Powder – unprocessed, no sugar or anything else added.
SWEETEN with maple syrup, date sugar or sweetener of your choice.
MAKE it iced like you would a smoothie.
FAIR TRADE, please buy fair trade cacao and chocolate to support the people that grow our food.