Easy, Healthy Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha!
In my last blog post, I wrote about the Holy Spirit as the ultimate accountability partner.
One way that I encouraged you to get to know Him better is to spend quiet time with Him, preferably in the morning.
I love and treasure my morning time. I’m usually the first one awake in my house. And I really enjoy grabbing a cup of coffee and cracking open my bible to start my day off focused and inspired.
My morning cup of coffee helps awaken me and warm me.
I recently concocted a yummy coffee recipe that you can use during your morning quiet time too!
Most days, I fast for a bit before I eat breakfast. It’s a good thing to give our bodies a break from eating food. This gives our bodies a chance to focus on other things, like rest and repair. On the days I fast, I sip on what is known as a “fatty” coffee until I eat my breakfast (typically anywhere between 10am-12pm).
A fatty coffee is just what it sounds like: coffee with fat in it.
The great thing about having a little fat when fasting is that it keeps your body in a fasted state. Here’s how:
eating fat doesn’t affect your insulin like eating carbohydrates and protein does.
So, you can have a little fat to keep you from getting hungry, and your body thinks you still haven’t eaten and stays in fasting mode.
Healthy fats are also very good for your brain. Your brain is made up of fat and thrives on healthy fats. (This may explain why so many of us were crabby and irritable during the low-fat, non-fat craze of the ‘90s!)
When I’m wanting to do some focused reading or writing in the morning, I love sipping on a fatty coffee to feed those brain cells.
A couple of days ago, I discovered a fatty coffee recipe that tastes great. And it reminds me of a peppermint white chocolate mocha. Which, during this season, makes me feel all cozy and festive.
This Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha recipe is comprised of just four ingredients:
· 1.5 cups of brewed coffee (regular or decaf), preferably organic
· 1-ish Tbsp of raw cacao butter
· 1 drop of peppermint essential oil (make sure it is therapeutic grade and approved for internal use)
· Stevia (to taste)
Place ingredients into your blender and blend until thoroughly combined and the cacao butter is melted. Then pour into your favorite mug and enjoy sipping throughout the morning.
Cacao butter is great for your skin (very hydrating…great in these colder months!), brain, immunity, and contains antioxidants, omega fatty acids, and magnesium.
Peppermint essential oil is great for relieving tension and muscle tightness, helps with digestion and sinus congestion, and can promote greater energy levels.
Here are the cacao butter and peppermint oil I used in my coffee:
I’d love your feedback if you tried this recipe! If you added any more delicious ingredients, let me know! Simply comment below.
Also, I share more about fatty coffees (including recipes) and intermittent fasting in my book TRUE Health: A Woman’s Guide to Loving Her Body, Loving Her Life, and Loving Her God. You can check it out here.
Here’s to your TRUE health!