The Hot Chocolate Cure? Functional Recipes For Every Ailment

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We’re all about functional food here at mindbodygreen—but it has to taste amazing, too!  These hot chocolate recipes are perfect to curl up with on a cold winter’s day, and they help with a host of winter ailments, from anxiety to inflammation to immunity (yes, you can tell your co-worker you’re fighting off that bug going around the office with your delicious drink!).  Bonus: They’re all dairy- and refined-sugar-free!  

Stomach-Soothing Peppermint Hot Chocolate

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Mint is renowned for its gut-calming properties, making this hot chocolate a great go-to when you're craving something sweet but need a break from all those belly-busting cookies and cakes. Get the full recipe here.

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Metabolism-Boosting Mexican Hot Chocolate

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This hot chocolate with a kick is literally spiced up with a blend of cinnamon, cayenne, and chili that will help burn off any extra holiday cookies. It's vegan, refined-sugar-free and employs a special trick to get that creamy, thick texture. Get the full recipe here.

Anti-Aging Macadamia White Hot Chocolate

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This white hot chocolate gets its rich flavor from macadamia nuts and cacao butter, the pressed oil of the cacao bean. Filled with antioxidants, cacao butter helps reduce oxidative stress, helping eliminate signs of aging. Get the full recipe here.

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Immune-Boosting Chai Hot Chocolate

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While chai technically means "tea" in Hindi, this chai hot chocolate kicks up the ante even more by blending the black tea and spices with creamy chocolate. If you need a light caffeine kick with a solid dose of immune-boosting spices, this one's for you. Get the full recipe here.

Stress-Busting Classic Hot Chocolate

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If you're in the mood for a classic hot chocolate, this recipe's for you. It uses nondairy milk, a dash of honey, and raw, unprocessed cacao for its delicious flavor and velvety texture. Cacao is rich in theobromine, which helps energize the body while eliminating stress (so good during this busy season!). Get the full recipe here.

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Hormone-Balancing Maca Hot Chocolate

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This super-easy hot chocolate utilizes maca for a malty flavor and a superfood kick. Here at mbg, we love maca for its adaptogenic, hormone-balancing properties (and its ability to boost libido!). Get the full recipe here.

Inflammation-Reducing Golden Milk Hot Chocolate

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You know we love golden milk here at mbg, but this hot chocolate takes the Ayurvedic staple to a whole new level. Beyond turmeric, this recipe uses ashwagandha, an adaptogenic herb, to soothe the nervous system and reduce cell stress, reducing inflammation. Get the full recipe here.

Energizing Matcha White Hot Chocolate

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While all caffeine increases energy, matcha has special properties that make it worthy of its trendy status. When you drink it, you consume the entire tea leaf (rather than a watery extract), which helps the caffeine release in a slower, more stable way. In this hot chocolate, it's blended with white chocolate for a creamy, seasonal sip. Get the full recipe here.

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