I love to experiment with food. And I love it even more when I can add medicinal herbs into the mix. Lately I’ve been playing with different supplements like Maca, Ashwagandha and Triphala, all of which are excellent adaptogens – meaning they help our bodies manage stress and assist in recharging the adrenal glands. But my new favourite is a supplement called Shilajit. Shilajit is found predominantly in the Himalayas and contains more than 85 minerals. Most importantly, it contains humic and fluvic acids which are two of the main substances responsible for energy production within our cells. Shilajit supports deep rejuvenation and energy production in the body along with enhancing sexual energy, immunity, a healthy fat metabolism and providing general fortification and tonification of the entire body.
Sounds amazing right? The only downside is that the flavour is quite strong – often described as a natural smoky flavour. I’ve been putting it in my green smoothies, but the taste is less than optimal. So this morning I tried creating something new – a super nutritious mocha drink, packed with extra energy and delicious! You can of course make the entire recipe without Shilajit, but it packs an extra special punch with it added. Enjoy!
Magical Mocha Elixir (1 serving)
- 1 TBS chia seeds
- 3 TBS hemp hearts (also known as hemp seeds)
- 2 dates
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 tsp coconut oil (you can work your way up to 1 TBS, but go slowly)
- 1 TBS raw cocoa powder
- 1/4-1/2 tsp Shilajit (I suggest even starting with a bit less to get used to the taste)
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- pinch Himalayan salt
- dash stevia or honey if you want more sweetness
In a good blender soak hemp and chia seeds, dates and water for 15-20 minutes. Blend well. Add other ingredients and continue to blend until frothy and warm. You can also heat on the stove, but be careful to not exceed 38C to keep the enzymes of the drink intact. Decorate with cinnamon or cocoa powder. Serve and drink immediately. Makes a great alternative to coffee!