It’s winter. That means HOT CHOCOLATE SEASON!
My sweet tooth craves hot chocolate just like yours. However, sadly, traditional hot chocolate is full of sugar. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to give up my health goals for one cup of sweet hot chocolate.
The truth is that winter is simply not complete without this yummy drink. So it became my mission to find the perfect healthy hot chocolate this season.
The good news is that I found it!
Organifi's Gold, Chocolate is the perfect hot chocolate substitute this winter season.
Read on to learn more about why you should forget about sugary, conventional hot chocolate, and choose a cup of this delicious warm drink instead.
Did you know that hot chocolate has been enjoyed around the world for thousands of years as a healthy and rich beverage?
The history of your favorite healthy cup of hot chocolate dates back to 500 BC on the land where Mexico is today. The Mayans made their drinking chocolate from ground up cacao seeds, cornmeal, and chili peppers mixed with water. Hot chocolate was regarded as a luxury. Elites and royalty were even buried with it.
Eventually, in the early 1500s, it made its way to Europe when explorer Cortez brought some cacao beans and hot chocolate making tools from Central-America. Enjoying a cup of healthy hot chocolate became popular quickly among Spanish royalty and upper class. Though the Spanish were originally very protective of their sacred drink, overtime, hot chocolate made its way across Europe. In the 1700s chocolate houses opened in London. Throughout the centuries, the Europeans also added more sweetness and spices, and eventually milk, to the original, simple and slightly bitter drink.
Hot chocolate was viewed as a health drink until the 19th century. Thomas Jefferson even referred to it as a healthy beverage choice.
The healthy Mayan version of today’s hot chocolate was historically used for its medicinal and nutritional properties to combat fatigue, constipation, indigestion, hemorrhoids, gout, angina, and dental problems. The Spanish and later other Europeans also viewed it as healthy. Hot chocolate was the drink of choice to battle fevers, liver diseases, stomach problems, lung problems, muscle disorders, and hemorrhoids.
Eventually, the use of a healthy hot chocolate as a remedy for ailments faded out.
In the 18th century, the Dutch invented cocoa powder and began to control the entire cocoa bean trade. This lead to newer creations.
Today, chocolate is enjoyed as a solid, sweet treat rather than the slightly bitter, healthy, hot chocolate drink it started out as. While hot chocolate is still popular today, it is not a sacred or healthy drink as it once was, but a sugary processed beverage.
Insert sighs of sadness.
However, a healthy version of hot chocolate has recently made a comeback!
More recent research studies are showing the health benefits of cacao and cocoa - and suggesting that hot chocolate can be a health food.
Thanks to growing awareness, more and more people are looking for a substitute for the sugary hot chocolate in their cupboards, and choosing healthy hot chocolate with cocoa and other superfood ingredients instead.
Are you ready to embark on this journey to find a healthy hot chocolate that nourishes your soul and allows you to ditch the sugar-filled hot chocolate at your local coffee chain?
Chocolate is health food. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!
You don’t need a substitute for hot chocolate if you choose a healthy hot chocolate. How to choose a nutritious hot chocolate that is healthy?
Read on to find out.
Some chocolate and hot chocolate are made from cacao, while others are a product of cocoa.
So what’s the difference?
Cacao beans are one of nature’s powerful antioxidant foods. More and more studies are showing the benefits of cacao.
Both cacao and cocoa are made from cacao beans, they are just made using a different process.
Cacao is created by cold-pressing unroasted cacao beans. Cocoa, on the other hand, is made from roasted cacao beans processed at high temperature.
Both contain nutrients that can be beneficial to you and support your diet goals. However, it's what companies add to the cocoa or cacao that can get you in trouble.
Conventional hot chocolate and chocolate bars are usually made with added unhealthy ingredients, such as refined sugar, high fructose corn syrup, soy lecithin, and artificial flavoring.
When looking for a healthy hot chocolate, what you need is a nutrient-dense substitute for the hot chocolate made with other unhealthy additives that are found in mainstream grocery stores and cafes.
What you need is a healthy hot chocolate that not only contains the tasty cocoa you are looking for, but other amazing superfoods, just like the ones in Gold, Chocolate.
No, you don't have to ditch cocoa to be healthy. In fact, there are many health benefits of high-quality, additive-free cocoa.
Let’s be honest, traditional hot chocolate that you find in coffee shops and stores today is far from healthy. It is filled with processed sugar and additives. It is also usually made with dairy, a common allergen.
A tall (12 oz) of hot chocolate at Starbucks with 2% milk and whipped cream is far from healthy. It has 320 calories, 13 grams of fat (8 grams of it is saturated fat) and 34 grams of sugar. Even without the whipped cream and non-fat milk, it still has 210 calories and 32 grams of sugar.
And remember, this is the smallest adult size! Looking at the ingredients, you won’t find high quality cocoa either, but milk and mocha sauce with sugar, cocoa processed with alkali, and natural flavor.
Picking up a box at your grocery store is also not a healthy substitute for your hot chocolate. One envelope of a conventional hot chocolate mix has 90 calories and 11 grams of sugar. The ingredient list of this hot chocolate mix is also not healthy.
It includes sugar, corn syrup, cocoa processed with alkali, modified whey, hydrogenated coconut oil, nonfat milk, salt, dipotassium phosphate, carrageenan, mono- and diglycerides, cesium potassium, sucralose, and artificial flavor.
You can’t even pronounce most of these ingredients.
The good news is that there is a better hot chocolate substitute for these sugary processed drinks.
Organifi's Gold, Chocolate is the perfect hot chocolate substitute this holiday season that can actually benefit your health and weight management goals.
Organifi Gold, Chocolate is powered by some nutrient-dense, powerful superfoods, including:
Organifi Gold, Chocolate is made with the highest quality, organic superfood ingredients designed specifically to enhance your health.
Just mix it with a warm cup of coconut milk, nut milk, or water and you have a delicious, nutrient-dense, and healthy hot chocolate in your hands.
If you are looking for a cold substitute for hot chocolate, you are in luck. Organifi Gold, Chocolate can be enjoyed both hot or cold. For a cold beverage, mix it with a cup of cold coconut milk, nut milk, or water. Add a few ice cubes if you wish. You may get creative and add it to your favorite smoothie. The possibilities are endless.
My favorite thing about Gold, Chocolate is that there are so many ways to use it. You can enjoy it at any time as a hot chocolate drink or as part of other healthy recipes. It is a versatile, healthy substitute for any hot chocolate or chocolate dessert.
Check out some of my favorite recipes with Organifi Gold, Chocolate that will not only make you fall in love with this delicious superfood mix but also convince you that it is hands down the best hot chocolate substitute ever created.
Once you've tasted Organifi's Gold, Chocolate, you won’t even remember any other hot chocolate or hot chocolate substitute you’ve tried before.
It is the perfect hot chocolate substitute that you and your family will love this season. Mix it with a glass of plant-based milk or water. Enjoy it hot or cold. To get creative, add it to your smoothies, shakes, chocolate dips, baked goods, and raw desserts.
If you made your own recipe, let me know - I love to get inspired by other people's creations!
Are you ready to Organifi your life with this new Gold, Chocolate? Which one of our recipes will you try first? Share your thoughts in the comments, we would love to hear from you. And remember to stock up - this is a limited time product for the winter season. You can order Organifi Gold, Chocolate bottles in sets of one, three or six (each bottle has 20 servings).
And remember, we are in this together.
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