Detoxing Tip: Cocoa Tea

Happy New Year from Capella Ixtapa!  How was your holiday season?  I have to admit, mine was fabulous!  But after enjoying the holidays surrounded with my family and dear ones, savoring many of our traditional dishes at home and at the resort, I think it is time for a thorough detox inside and out.  Fortunately, Alex Branch, Executive Chef has offered to share his favorite detoxing tip: Cocoa Tea!

To help detox our body after a holiday season, Alex recommends enjoying a Cocoa Tea.  Besides it’s amazing smell, this delicious tea is filled with antioxidants.  Cocoa is rich in magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium, and vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C and E.  Cocoa can increase the level of serotonin, which can contribute our feelings of wellness and happiness.  It is a slight antidepressant and stimulant similar to the body’s own dopamine and adrenaline.  Cocoa can even help to keep blood pressure low.

Cocoa Tea

Cocoa Tea Recipe

Ingredients:
2 Tbsp            Ground Cocoa Beans
2 pieces         Clove
1 stick            Cinnamon
2 oz                Vanilla Extract
4 pieces         Black Peppercorns
4 oz                Ginger
12 oz              Water

Method:
Heat water to a boil, add cocoa beans and boil for 5 minutes.  Then turn off heat and add remaining ingredients.  Allow mixture to steep for 8 minutes, pass through a sieve into a mug.  Serve hot.

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