By Deborah Sorrentino
These cold winter months of shivers and chills spark our instincts to turn to warm, delicious beverages. May we recommend Tyme-Out Café’s Mexican Hot Chocolate?
Our version of this beverage is not just another pretty taste. There is a therapeutic method to our madness.
The key components of our recipe are raw cacao powder, maple syrup, cinnamon, and last but not least, cayenne pepper.
Raw cacao, the darkest of dark chocolates, is rich in magnesium, and one of the world’s best sources of antioxidants.
Not all sweeteners are created equal. Maple syrup contains polyphenols, antioxidants that quell inflammation, which is linked to a slew of health conditions from cancer to arthritis.
Obtained from the inner bark of several trees in the genus, cinnamon, is a spice used in both sweet and savory recipes. Chinese medicine and Ayurveda have long revered cinnamon as a superpower used to treat things such as colds, indigestion, and cramps and also believed to improve energy, vitality, and circulation. One-half teaspoon of cinnamon daily can lower LDL (bad cholesterol). It has an anti-clotting effect on the blood. Cinnamon can also help stabilize blood sugar, which helps with weight loss. A couple of dashes in your morning cereal or beverage are all it takes! When added to food, it acts as an inhibitor of bacterial growth and food spoilage. Just smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory.
Cayenne pepper is somewhat of a miracle ingredient. Cayenne may have the ability to ease stomach upset, ulcers, sore throats, spasmodic and irritating coughs, and diarrhea. It aids in breaking up and moving congested mucus. Once mucus begins to leave the body, relief from cold and flu symptoms generally follows. Cayenne may aid in the prevention of migraine headaches. This may be related to the pepper’s ability to stimulate a pain response in a different area of the body, thus redirecting the brain’s attention to the new site. Cayenne’s anti-inflammatory properties make it a great herb for arthritis, diabetes, psoriasis, and herpes-related nerve damage. It is also credited with stimulating the production of saliva, an important key to excellent digestion and optimal oral health.
With all of these benefits hidden in a rich and deeply delicious drink, could you ask for anything more? Indulge yourself with a Mexican Hot Chocolate and know you are doing something wonderfully beneficial for your body and soul.