This Anxiety-Busting Hot Chocolate Will Calm You Instantly

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Ellen Vora M.D. is a holistic psychiatrist practicing with Frank Lipman M.D. at the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York City. This week, we’re sharing Dr. Vora’s expertise in a new series on natural remedies to calm the body and mind. To learn more, check out her mindbodygreen class How to Control Anxiety: Doctor-Backed Natural Remedies for a Calm & Centered Life.

While it may look like hot chocolate, don't let this cocoa fool you. Packed with anxiety-soothing ingredients, this elixir can be consumed whenever you're looking for a hit of grounding energy, although Dr. Ellen Vora especially recommends it just before bed. Its good fats can serve to stabilize your blood sugar throughout the night, preventing any anxiety-induced insomnia. It also includes raw cacao, which is rich in magnesium, a mineral many of us (some studies say more than 90 percent!) are deficient in, which acts as a relaxant in the body. The spices, a warming mix of cardamom, cinnamon, and nutmeg, provide anti-inflammatory compounds that help soothe the bodily inflammation that's at the root of so much of our anxiety while lending the drink a spicy, fall-ready flavor. Ready to give it a try yourself? Check out the (super-easy) recipe below!


  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon cacao
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ghee
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon cardamom
  • 1 tablespoon collagen
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Heat the almond milk over the stove or in the microwave until almost boiling, then blend with all other ingredients until smooth and frothy. Pour into a mug and consume immediately. Serves 1.

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Ellen Vora, M.D.

Holistic Psychiatrist
Ellen Vora, M.D., is a holistic psychiatrist practicing in NYC. She graduated from Columbia University medical school, received her B.A. in English from Yale University, is boarded in psychiatry and integrative and holistic medicine, and she's also a licensed medical acupuncturist and certified yoga teacher. Dr. Vora takes a functional medicine approach to mental health–considering the whole person and addressing the problem at the root, rather than reflexively prescribing medication to suppress symptoms. She specializes in depression, anxiety, insomnia, adult ADHD, bipolar and digestive issues. In addition to seeing patients, Dr. Vora also writes, blogs, contributes to two healthcare startups, and does corporate wellness presentations.
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