Healthier Hot Cocoa

fit-momma-2-fiveThis morning it was only 63 degrees in our house! I think it is time to turn the furnace back on!

The kids LOVE having a warm cup of cocoa on those cold mornings, but I cringe at the ingredients in those little packets you can buy at the store. So I came up with a healthier version for them to enjoy!

Healthier Hot Cocoa

1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
1/3 cup hot water
1/8 tsp salt
4 cups unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp vanilla

Combine the cocoa powder, sugar, and water in a saucepan. Heat over medium heat. Continue to whisk together until it comes to a boil. Reduce heat to low and add the milk. Stir in the vanilla. Continue stirring until it is warm. Do not boil.

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Homemade Organic Lip Balm

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I never experienced dry, chapped lips like I have since moving to Colorado.  I have lived in other places that are dry, but nothing compares to here.  I tried several different kinds of lip balm. Some of them helped, but not without the hefty price of $3.50 per tube!

I have been trying to make natural products for our family.  So I figured why not try to make some lip balm?  I made a batch last winter and I have to say it is definitely my favorite lip balm EVER!  I will never buy it again.  It makes my lips so soft!  I even use it on my eczema!

Homemade Organic Lip Balm

2 Tbsp Organic Coconut Oil (I buy my Coconut Oil at Costco)

2 Tbsp Organic Cocoa Butter, or Shea Butter (I use this Cocoa Butter.)

2 Tbsp Beeswax (I use this beeswax)

3-5 drops of essential oils, (I use my favorite Essential Oils.  You can order from here.)

Lip balm tubes, 12 (get your here)

You will use a double boiler to melt the coconut oil, cocoa butter and beeswax together.  If you don’t have a double boiler, like me, I just heat up some water in a pot and place a glass bowl on top to melt my ingredients.  Once they have melted I add in my essential oils.

I tie my tubes together using a hair tie so they will stand up while I am filling them.  I use a small dropper to fill them.  I found that these work great.  I can just toss them when I am finished since it is so hard to get all the product out of them.

One batch makes about 12 tubes and lasts us almost a year.  Yesterday I made a double batch.  I put some in a small glass jar since it works great on my eczema too!