One of the moments I reveled in during my ‘back to the land’ retreat in Maine this summer (here) was the breakfast spread. Laid out each morning was a canister of piping hot chocolate mate elixir that I would rush to fill my mug with. There’s nothing in it that’s not completely beneficial for the body and it’s since become a staple in my diet. I like to make a cup of it to take with me to work, or to enjoy on a weekend afternoon when I’m writing, catching up on shows or just relaxing and taking in my lakeside view.
- 2 tbsp yerba mate
- 2 cups of boiling water
- 2 tbsp hemp seeds (can also use cashew or macadamia nuts)
- 1 tbsp coconut oil (or cacao butter)
- 2 tbsp cacao powder
- 1 tbsp mesquite powder
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)
- stevia or sweetener to taste
- dash of vanilla
>>about the ingredients>>
- yerba mate – rich in antioxidants, amino acids, polyphenols, vitamins and minerals, yerba mate has been known to improve focus, prevent lactic acid from building up in your muscles, aids in digestion, supports cardiovascular health and helps control weight.
- cacao powder – one of the best natural sources of magnesium, it also feeds the body with iron, potassium, protein and alkaloids.
- mesquite powder – from the pods of the wild mesquite tree in South America, mesquite powder is high in protein (5g per 2 tbsp), magnesium, calcium, potassium, zinc, iron and lysine.
- hemp seeds – considered nature’s ‘perfect food’, hemp seeds have the most concentrated balance of proteins, essential fats, vitamins and enzymes combined with a relative absence of sugar, starches and saturated fats.
- coconut oil – used extensively in tropical countries, coconut oil can regulate cholesterol and the body’s metabolism, boost the immune system, aid in proper digestion and improve bone strength.
>>how to make>>
infuse the mate in the boiling water for 5- 10 minutes and then strain out the leaves. Throw the mate into a blender along with the other ingredients and blend until creamy.