You also get a super-flora hot chocolate recipe to meet your sweetness needs. Not only very tasty but also the BOMB for your microbiome and nutritious.
Why it’s so hard not to eat sugar
You consist of 90% non-human cells: your gut flora or microbiome. The flora largely consists of many different bacteria. When your intestinal flora is in balance, it consists largely of good and healthy bacteria. There is also a small proportion of ‘bad’ bacteria. This usually doesn’t matter. There are so few of them; you don’t notice that.
But, here it comes: When your intestinal flora is out of balance, your flora mainly consists of bad bacteria. These are exactly the bacteria that like to eat sugar. These bad bacteria cry out for sugar and thus cause that huge craving for something sweet. With your 10% of human cells you can’t compete with the force majeure of 90% non-human (sometimes ‘bad’) cells. It’s just unfair! So that feeling that you really can’t help it, that’s right! You can now do something about it because you now know where the cause lies.
It is therefore important for you to balance your intestinal flora. That can be done in many ways. For example, by eating the right food. Food that feeds your good bacteria. Then they become stronger and better able to withstand the bad bacteria. That food can be really tasty. For example, try the hot chocolate 2.0.
Recipe healthy hot chocolate 2.0
This variant is sugar and dairy free (and therefore vegan) and is full of health for your microbiome.
You will need for a cup:
- 1 handful of raw (unsalted and unbaked) cashew nuts. They give the creamy taste and taste a bit sweet on their own.
- 1 tablespoon raw cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon tapiocia flour
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch of real sea salt
- 1 fresh pitted medjool date, cut into small pieces (otherwise it will get stuck in your blender!)
- ½ cup warm water
Optional to add extra heat: a pinch of ginger powder
Soak the cashew nuts with the pitted dates cut into pieces, preferably for an hour in some warm water. If you don’t have time for that anymore, don’t do it.
Mix all dry ingredients. This is important because tapioca flour can otherwise form lumps.
Place all ingredients (including the soaking water) in the blender and blend until you have a creamy chocolate ‘milk’. Take plenty of time until there are no more chunks of nut in it. Top up with hot water to desired thickness.
If you don’t think the chocolate milk is hot enough, you can warm it up in a saucepan. Or use your blender’s soup program if you have one. Ideal!
Why this chocolate milk is so healthy
Except for what we DO NOT contain (milk and sugar), this variant is especially good for you because of:
The cashew nuts:
- Helps lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol.
- Contains many minerals, including magnesium. Magnesium plays a role in relaxation, among other things. That is another condition for healthy flora.
- Contains many vitamins from the B group, which are important for a healthy intestinal wall, among other things. And that will make your flora happy again!
The raw cocoa powder:
- Contains tryptophan. This is a mood enhancer and a good mood is good for your flora too!
- Contains many minerals including magnesium.
The tapiocia flour:
- This is flour from the cassava root and contains prebiotic fiber; food for your flora
Real sea salt:
- Salt healthy? Yes, real sea salt is! Want to know more about this? Then read in this blog about why real sea salt is so healthy and also about what REAL sea salt actually is.
The dates (a special case):
- Dates contain a lot of prebiotic fiber. This makes them a superfood for your intestinal flora. There is only one BUT. Dates also contain a huge amount of sugars. And they feed the bad bacteria.
Dilemma! How to handle this? If you have really huge sugar cravings, and/or you have a mold load, omit dates from the recipe. If this does not bother you, you can use the dates just fine.