I start every new day with an elixir of some sort. In winter, I love to cozy up with a warm mug and take some time for myself before the bustle of the day. It is part of my morning ritual. Having a slow-living, self-loving mindset while drinking it will only amplify the benefits. If you have a few minutes, create your own ritual; light some sage or palo santo, grab a journal and set some intentions for how you want your day to look, be and feel.

Now, the key to a tasty and satisfying elixir is to mix protein, fat, superfoods, and adaptogens to support your unique body needs. If you don’t have an ingredient, leave it out or swap for a replacement. The alchemy of mixing and matching to discover which consistency and flavors you enjoy while making a body- and mind-supporting drink is delightful. Collagen is a fantastic source of protein and is great for hair, skin, and nails. Chaga mushroom is the king of mushrooms with its high content of antioxidants.

It is also a powerful immune-modulator, meaning that if your immune system is under- or over-active, the Chaga mushroom helps bring it into balance. Maca powder is lovely for stamina and has been found to help balance hormones. Cacao is rich in magnesium, which helps relax smooth muscles. Cinnamon helps balance blood sugar, and coconut butter is a satisfying and wonderfully delicious fat. This elixir can be a bit stimulating so is best in the morning.

Choco Immunity Elixir:

1 tsp raw Cacao powder1 tsp.

Maca powder

1 tsp. raw Chaga mushroom powder

1 TBSP Collagen Hydrolysate

1 TBSP Coconut butter

¼ tsp. Vanilla powder or pure vanilla extract

A few dashes cinnamon1 ½ cups of hot water

Optional: For a touch of sweetness add a bit of raw honey

Add all ingredients to a ventilated blender and blend until frothy. Alternatively, use a whisk to mix ingredients until completely blended. Serve and enjoy!

Lisa Nogueira is a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach as well as a Licensed Massage Therapist who is dedicated to helping clients live their best lives through health and lifestyle coaching and a unique selection of bodywork modalities. She hosts group programs online and in person to help clients make their self-care a priority, clean up their eating and live healthier, happier lives. Her no-guilt approach to health is taking small steps for creating a lifestyle, leaving room for the sweeter things in life, and simplifying health and wellness into an approachable and fun adventure. For further inspiration follow her on

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