Sipping this decadently rich hot chocolate will have you looking AND feeling great this winter. The secret ingredient? Almond milk, which boosts metabolism and contains an amino acid (phenylalanine) that stimulates production of the energy-boosting brain chemical dopamine—an effect Harvard scientists say can improve alertness and focus by 40 percent.
What's more, enjoying almond milk-enriched drinks can also rev energy by 61 percent in three weeks, according to a study in _The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. _Credit goes to riboflavin, a nutrient used to synthesize a compound that muscle and brain cells use for fuel and repair.
Here’s the easy recipe:
1/2 Tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/8 tsp.** chai spice blend **
1 cup *almond milk *
2 tsp. caramel sauce
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