Healing Hot Chocolate? Oh yes 😄
November 28, 2020 Report
Oh my goodness! This is the most decadently delicious drink and tremendously healthy too 👏
I LOVE the clean energy and focus I get from Canadian Ginseng! And, it has a plethora of other benefits. Not all Ginseng is the same though. Canadian White Ginseng is known as panax quinquefolius. 'Panax' is from the Greek 'panakeia' and means all healing. That pretty much sums it up rght there, but more about that in a minute. Both Asian and North American Ginsengs are part of the panax family and contain Ginsenosides which are natural adaptogens. But, Asian Ginseng is invigorating where Canadian Ginseng is more relaxing. Siberian Ginseng is very different, in that it does not contain the active compound, Ginsenoside.
Ginsenosides are natural adaptogens that help the body resist the damaging effects of stress and help restore normal physiological functions. Canadian White Ginseng gives a healthy energy boost, helping to fight fatigue and improve focus. It may also help reduce inflammation, support our immune systems, help improve brain functions like memory and mood, and feelings of calmness, may help lower blood sugar, and decrease cortisol levels (the stress hormone). It also helps to balance hormones, especially in females. And, White Ginseng encourages circulation, so is used for erectile dysfunction. See? So many reasons to use Ginseng.
Farmaroot Ginseng is grown on their farm right here in Ontario. That ensures superior quality control and purity of product! Farmaroot strives to create products tha enhance mental stamina and energy with zero unhealthy additives.
This is the first time I've worked with actual Ginseng Root and I have to say, it was easy! The Ginseng root is dried and quite hard in it's raw form. So, I suggest infusing it into a liquid first. I made elixirs with my infused liquids, but you could also use an infusion in a soup or stew. Another option is to grate or thinly slice the softened root directly into a savoury dish.
Healing Hot Chocolate
This elixir is ridiculously delicious, but aside from the pleasure of anything chocolate, it can also serve to soothe you physically.
Dark chocolate is rich in magnesium. Low magnesium levels can lead to sore muscles and headaches. (Coffee drinkers take note, as coffee can deplete your magnesium.) High stress levels which overtax your adrenal system, can cause hormonal fluctuations. Because hormones also regulate your body's response to pain, that imbalance often shows up as a headache or other physical tension. The nut butter here, is full of supportive vitamins and minerals. The cinnamon is an additional antiinflammatory and antioxidant. The Farmaroot White Ginseng and the Maca Powder are both adaptogenic and hormone balancing. I always use an organic, gelatinized, raw maca blend (yellow, black, and red maca root), for multiple, maximum benefit.
For a single serving:
* Heat 1.5C of your choice of non-dairy milk in a small saucepan. I added 3, 2-3" thin Ginseng root pieces to the pot. Simmer over low heat 30 minutes.
* Add about 45g(1.5oz) of a good dark (at least 70%), organic, fair trade chocolate to your pot, like Theobroma or Green & Blacks. Stir until melted.
*Transfer mixture to a blender. (I used the smoothie container from my Ninja).
*Add 1 heaping Tbsp of your favourite nut butter, 1 tsp Maca Powder (like Earth Notions Organic Raw Maca Blend), and 2tsp pure maple syrup. Blend until smooth.
*Optional - add 1/4C of organic raspberries, strawberries, or blackberries instead of or in addtion to the maple syrup.