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Chocolate, or raw cacao, as it’s known in its minimally processed state, is loaded with nutritional oomph.

A potent source of magnesium, iron, and a host of other minerals and antioxidants, it stimulates cognitive function, benefits the heart and cardiovascular system, acts a prebiotic for your gut microbes, and stimulates the release of mood-boosting neurotransmitters.

It’s also a great vehicle for warming spices like cinnamon and cardamom that kindle digestion and help to balance the cold of the season.My morning cup of warming hot cacao

Here’s what I combine in a mug literally every day:

  • 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
  • 12-16 oz. hot water (or substitute some sort of milk for half the water if you like milkier chocolate)
  • ¼easpoon cardamom powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Optional: ¼ teaspoon nutmeg, pinch of sea salt, ginger, dash of clove or cayenne if you’re prone to feeling cold, mesquite powder)
  • Natural sweetener to taste (stevia, maple syrup, and honey all work well)