Thursday, January 9, 2014

fact: peppermint hot chocolate makes being sick better

it's cold season x2 around here
as in, it's cold outside + it seems like everyone is catching a cold
and our family is no exception, unfortunately

we've been fighting a nasty cold for just over a week now
i keep thinking that we've got to be near the end of it, 
and yet, it lingers

the girlies are too young for cold meds
and i can't have them, since i'm still nursing the kiddos
(random nursing tip:  meds that dry up runny noses also dry up your milk supply!)
...yep, we're that strange family

anyway, one thing that has helped, 
is my homemade version of a peppermint hot chocolate
it's easy to make, very lightly sweetened and uses ingredients you probably already have on hand
because, let's be honest, nobody with a cold wants to get out of their bathrobe,
let alone their house 
just to pick up random ingredients

all you need is:
* 1 heaping tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
* hot water
* 1 peppermint tea bag
* maple syrup, to taste (i probably used 1/2 a tsp or so - the peppermint helps sweeten it up naturally)
* unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of choice), optional  

- place the cocoa powder in your favorite mug
- add a tiny bit of water and stir to make a paste and stir until smooth 
(this is the trick to getting non-clumpy homemade hot chocolate, by the way!)
- once smooth, add the rest of your hot water then steep the teabag in your cocoa-water
- add maple syrup, to taste
- top with some almond milk (or whatever milk you prefer) if you'd like a creamier hot cocoa
(i added a small splash)
- drink up!

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