Downtime with Hot Chocolate

How often do you pause and unwind? We become so accustomed to being on the go or overstimulated, we forget to unplug. 

Wether you choose to meditate, sit in silence, relax with a cup of tea or hot cocoa, it’s important to have this time to yourself. Even if it’s 10-15 minutes a day. We often say “I’m too busy,” but in reality you will be more efficient if you adopt this practice. I found myself trying to have unwind time and picking up my phone to skim through instagram….not the same. I’m sure we all need as much digital detoxing as we can get. So pick a time during the day and challenge yourself to just stop for 15 minutes. Give this a try for 3 weeks and see how you feel.

(Paleo, Vegan, Refined sugar free, LOW-FODMAP)

Time: 5 minutes   Serves: 1


  • 2 tablespoons of cacao powder (or sugar-free cocoa powder)
  • 1 cup of canned light-coconut milk or almond milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cardamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil
  • 1/8th teaspoon of maple syrup, honey, or stevia (sweeten to taste)


  1. Add the milk to a small saucepan over low heat.
  2. Combine the cacao powder, cinnamon, cardamon, coconut oil and preferred sweetener, and whisk together until fully combined.
  3. Heat until warm, there should be some small bubbles forming.
  4. Step 4 and it’s already ready, woo-hoo. Cozy-up and enjoy.

There you go, another use of that delish chocolate so that it doesn’t sit in your pantry until next year. Add sweetener to taste, but if you’re looking to reap the health benefits and keep your sugar low, don’t top it with marshmallows and whip cream like I use to.

I discussed some of the benefits of cacao and cocoa powder here, pumpkin-butter cups.




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