This is one of my favorite drink recipes I’ve made, the Maca Chaga Choco Elixir (try saying that five times fast!). I’ve played around with some of my ingredients on the shelf for quite some time before I finally came up with this tasty elixir. One of my more popular recipes of 2015 was the Chocolate Mint Chaga Elixir (recipe here) but after having it many times, I needed to come up with something new. This new elixir tastes great and is great for you! It has so many fantastic ingredients to help your immune system and body adapt to stress. I like to have this drink after a big training day, especially if it’s cold outside. Getting all those amazing ingredients in me can only help the recovery process. This drink isn’t just for athletes, anyone can drink it! Below is the ingredient list, some of the benefits, and directions. I bet most of you won’t have these ingredients, so write them down and next time you’re out, buy some!
Ingredients- You should be able to find all of these ingredients at most health food stores.
- Maca Powder: 1/2 tablespoon- A very bitter tasting root vegetable (that works great in this recipe), maca is an adaptogenic food and will help to stabilize and regulate the bodies immune system as well as regulate hormone levels.
- Mesquite Powder: 1/2 tablespoon- High in protein and fiber, mesquite has a molasses like taste. My wife and I both love using mesquite in recipes whenever we can.
- Lucuma Powder: 1/2 tablespoon– High in antioxidants.
- RAW Cacao Powder: 2 tablespoons- Mmm, chocolate! Always use raw cacao and not normal cocoa, which has been heated, which destroys much of the nutritional benefits. Raw cacao is very high in magnesium (which 99% of us are deficient in) and antioxidants.
- Vanilla Bean Powder: 1/2 teaspoon
- Coconut Flakes: 1 tablespoon
- Raw Cashews: 1/4 cup- Cashews are a healthy fat and adds a nice creaminess to this drink.
- Coconut Oil: 2 to 3 tablespoons- Another great fat to add to this elixir.
- Honey: To taste (I usually use 1-2 tablespoons)
- Cinnamon: 1/2 teaspoon- Did you know cinnamon is known for balancing blood sugar? Adding cinnamon into this recipe works really well.
- Sea Salt: 1 big pinch- Ditch the crappy table salt and use sea salt instead. Full of trace minerals that we all need!
- *Chaga: 1 packet from Four Sigma Foods– This is an optional ingredient but if you can find some, get it! Chaga is exceptionally high in antioxidants. I can get you a discount on some if you’re interested, send me a message!
- Hot Water: 2 cups
- Place everything into a blender and blend starting on slow and then speed it up until smooth. Make sure to vent your blender so steam can escape.
- That’s it. I hope you enjoy the Maca Chaga Choco Elixir this winter!