Spice It Up! Healthy Hot Chocolate {Vegan, Gluten Free}

hot macaThe season for some piping hot chocolate is upon us! And, who really does not want to indulge in this super yummy, rich treat when it’s cold outside?

However, the hot chocolate packets you get at the store and from various restaurants are packed with calories and so much sugar. Sipping on this sugary treat can leave you feeling blue and help you pack on the pounds this winter. Bummer!

But, hold on, you can still indulge in a chocolaty treat – try this supercharged, spiced hot chocolate. It is loaded with spices, powders and oil that are good for you.

You will need: 1/2 cup almond milk + 1/2 cup water (heated over the stove-top), 1 tablespoon coconut oil, 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder, 1/2 teaspoon raw maca powder, 1/2 teaspoon turmeric, 1/2 tablespoon agave nectar, 3 dashes cinnamon, a pinch of cayenne + sea salt. 

Maca powder is my recent obsession. Just read these amazing benefits: increases energy, improves fertility, regulates hormone balance, reduces depression (good for winter blues!), reduces anxiety, enhances mental clarity, improves blood circulation, improves acne … and the list continues.  

Simply heat the almond milk and water over the stove and when hot, add in all your other spices. Make sure you stir well (you want all the spices and powder to fully fold in the liquid). And enjoy!

Who says you can’t indulge in a beautiful chocolate treat and still stay healthy this season?

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Perfect Fireside Candle + Essential Oil Blend

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There is something magical about the change of the seasons. Just on the hind legs of summer, it appears God has ushered in the autumn season. Brilliant colored leaves start to fall on the earth and the cool wind whips your face.

That smell of campfires in the distance pervade your senses. You want to bottle that scent and bring the campfire indoors with you. Plaid shirt and riding boots, you can be an adventurer in your own home to the flicker of a candle.

Check out Parachute’s blended collection of natural scented candles. Seriously, if you like the idea of writing in peace with the glow of the candle in the background, their candle collection draws inspiration from the outdoors.

The fire is the main comfort of the camp, whether in summer or winter, and is about as ample at one season as at another.  It is as well for cheerfulness as for warmth and dryness. – Henry David Thoreau

For only $24 (and $12 for the travel tin) you can bring the scents of warm amber, vetiver and musk to your home. Whether entertaining or just making the house smell like an outdoor experience for your family, others are sure to enjoy this autumn smell.

Vetiver is a very grounding and calming essential oil. It is said to support those recovering from trauma or dealing with stress, and may aide in sleep.

Moms – this is also an oil that is used for ADHD children! Light this little soy beauty up after school to calm the little ones down.

It’s the season to sit by a warm campfire, so bring the bonfire inside with this beautiful candle and skip the bug bites.

Thinking about presents for ladies and loved ones? Parachute also sells bed linens and will donate one life-saving bed net for every Venice sleep-set sold.

Check out Parachute online. You will like their clean, crisp designs.

www.parachutehome.com