An exciting part of my job as a nutritionist is creating and adapting recipes to incorporate into clients’ meal plans, such as this ChocoMaca recipe featured here. I often work with people who are tackling skin, hormonal, or digestive issues, so developing recipes like this that are soothing to the gut, low in sugar, and full of high-powered nutrients is very important.
I also love recipes that can be adapted in multiple ways. Even better when they’re made with nutrient-dense ingredients, and I feel like I’m getting a big bang for my food bucks! This ChocoMaca recipe can be used to make a delicious drink or smoothie, healthy popsicles, a powdered mocha mix to add to coffee, or a base for chia pudding. However you decide to enjoy it, you will be getting some serious health benefits from these star ingredients…
Collagen Peptides—This sister to gelatin has been all the rage for the last couple years--and for good reason! First, they’re flavorless, odorless, and don’t gel, making it easy to incorporate them into foods and beverages. Second, they pack a good dose of protein. Third, and what I think is most important, the amino acids in collagen peptides can provide some amazing benefits. These include improved sleep, stronger hair and nails, reduced appearance of stretch marks and cellulite, healthier bones and joints, and repair to the lining of the gut.
Maca Powder—This plant originated in South America, and is known to increase vitality and endurance, improve hormonal imbalances, and decrease anxiety and depression.
Cacao Powder—Different than traditional cocoa powder, cacao powder is less processed and retains its nutritive qualities. Cacao powder is extremely high in flavonoids, a particular class of antioxidants, that have been shown to benefit cognition and heart health. It is also high in magnesium, which is an important mineral in which many people are deficient.
Turmeric—This bright yellow spice is known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. It has been shown to improve cognition, decrease cancer risks, improve heart health, and decrease the pain and inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis. One of its other major benefits is its ability to improve mood, as it was found to be similarly effective to Prozac in depression patients. When using turmeric, always include a bit of black pepper to increase the assimilation of its major healing ingredient, curcumin.
Sara’s ChocoMaca Beverage, Mocha Mix, or Chia Pudding Base
- 1 tablespoon cacao powder
- 20 g collagen peptides, Vital Proteins
- 1 teaspoon maca powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
- pinch of sea salt
- pinch of black pepper
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Swerve sweetener or other natural, low-glycemic sweetener
- 2 tablespoons nut butter, (tahini sunflower or almond)
- 1 1/2 cups macadamia milk
- 1/2 cup ice cubes
Add all ingredients to a blender or blender cup, and blend until smooth.
For a mocha mix: you can combine the first seven (dry ingredients), and triple the quantities. Store it in a mason jar, and add a tablespoon or two to your coffee.
For popsicles: simply blend all ingredients, minus ice, and freeze in popsicle molds.
For chia pudding: blend all ingredients except the ice and then add chia seeds. Add 3 tablespoons of seeds per cup of liquid. Stir the mixture well to make sure there's no clumping. Refrigerate for at least two hours for the pudding to set up.
Sara Fields is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. For more information about Sara and her services, visit www.wellnessintentioned.com. You can also email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. As a special bonus, Sara is offering 10% off her services for Niche clients through the end of September!