Need a warming beverage to wake you up without the caffeine? Look no further than my high protein, non dairy hot chocolate. It’s got great ingredients to energize your for your day.
Ever since I went to India for an Ayurveda Lifestyle and Yoga Teacher Training, I’m taking warming up my diet much more seriously.
I’m warming up my diet because I tend towards Vata imbalances.
Vata is ruled by air and space, and has the qualities of being cold, dry, light, quick, and sharp. When I have too much Vata going on, I get dry skin, constipation, feel cold, easily get overwhelmed, and get a bit of ADD – lots of ideas, and no plans on how to finish them.
As I was explaining to a client the other day, 90% of the diet and nutrition advice doesn’t apply to people with too much Vata. Most recommendations are for cold smoothies, lots of big green salads, raw fruits and veggies, and eating many tiny meals throughout the day.
Unfortunately, those foods and eating patterns just act to exacerbate Vata. That raw food is difficult to digest, and all that cold food freezes and dries out a Vata system as well.
I was thinking about alternatives to a smoothie, and I realized that a better morning beverage was a good place to start. I was a coffee drinker for years and truly love it. But about 2 years ago I stopped drinking caffeine, and I couldn’t be happier with how my energy (and hormones) have responded. I also love a good herbal tea, but tea is also astringent and can act to dry out a Vata system.
What I needed was a thicker, heavier beverage that would provide warmth as well as some good protein and other nutritional benefits.
That’s when I started to riff on some of the chocolate protein shakes I used to make, and since then, my mornings (and my days) are full of warmth and joy.
This Hot Chocolate gets a great dose of protein from rice and pea protein powder. There are healthy Omega-3 fatty acids from hemp hearts, stress-fighting adaptogenic properties from ashwagandha, antioxidants from cocoa powder, and a subtle sweetness from honey or (when I feel a cold coming on) manuka honey. I also riff on Bulletproof coffee (you know, putting butter in your coffee), by adding some coconut oil and ghee. It gives me a dose of fat and a beautiful texture you’ll love.
If you get cold during the winter time, don’t drink coffee, or need a new ritual to celebrate each new day, try this hot chocolate. You’ll love it.
High Protein Non Dairy Hot Chocolate Recipe
- 2 tbsp hemp hearts
- 3 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 scoop mixed pea and rice protein powder
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp ghee
- ½ tsp ashwagandha powder
- 6 oz water
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- sprinkle of salt
- 1 tsp honey
- Place all ingredients except honey in a high powered blender, and blend until smooth (about 10-15 seconds).
- Heat the mixture in a microwave or on a stovetop, being careful not to boil the mixture.
- Remove the mixture from heat and stir in honey
Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful day,
Samantha Attard, PhD, is the founder of Happy Healthy Human. Sam is a performance coach and yoga instructor who helps people eat, move, and live with intention. Learn more here.