When brain fog happens, bring your concentration back online with dark chocolate. Research shows that flavanols in the cacao bean enhance brain health by boosting BDNF, a brain chemical that inhibits the neuronal-cell death that leads to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Get the optimal benefits of 100 percent pure cacao in this drink, along with a hint of refreshing peppermint.
- 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tsp stevia powder or 1 tbsp honey
- 1/8 tsp ground cardamom
- 1 drop food-grade peppermint oil
- 1 sprig fresh mint, optional
1. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, cook cocoa powder, stevia or honey, cardamom, and 1 cup of water until the mixture is smooth, 3 to 4 minutes. Turn off heat and stir in peppermint oil. Garnish with mint, if desired.
2. Add some spirit Add 1 shot (1.5 oz) Irish cream (147 calories).
Handling and storage:When cooking chocolate, simmer but do not boil, as prolonged cooking at high temperatures can damage the antioxidants in chocolate and increase its bitterness. For the freshest flavor, look for whole green-cardamom pods; pull the seeds free and mill to a powder in a coffee grinder.
- Serving Size: 2 cup without alcohol
- Calories: 94
- Carbohydrate Content: 24 g
- Fat Content: 1 g
- Fiber Content: 4 g
- Protein Content: 2 g