While a refreshment at home may not be as exciting as having a drink with friends at your favorite restaurant in town, quarantine has afforded us the chance to put effort into the little things we’ve overlooked before. For example, in the past I would fly through my skincare routine and pour myself a glass of chocolate almond milk as I rushed to get on the couch in time for the newest episode of The Bachelorette. This winter, I’ve found myself with a lot more time at home and much less urgency in my days. So, I decided to take the extra time to actually ENJOY the steps in my skincare routine before making myself a cup of peppermint hot cocoa from scratch. At the risk of sounding dramatic, this has been life-changing.
Now, I close my eyes and feel my skin soak up my Natural Baller Moisturizer in these dry winter months. I feel a new sense of appreciation for my skin and its ability to protect the rest of my body. It also makes me feel proud that while I’m taking care of myself, I am using products with clean ingredients. I sip my hot cocoa and I feel accomplished because I put that extra effort and love into what I decided to feed my body with. Not to mention, there's something about homemade meals and drinks that always taste better than store-bought items. Lastly, I have a new appreciation for all of the people who work at coffee shops and restaurants because they consistently put the extra effort into the items they serve. Before this shift, I took that for granted. Being forced to slow down this year has had a positive impact on my relationship with myself and has also helped me grow in appreciation for the people I interact with daily. It truly is all about the little things!
If you are looking for a sense of fulfillment at the end of your day, if you like the coziness a cup of cocoa brings before bed, or if you just need a switch up your nightly routine, we’ve got you covered with: sips + skincare! Below is my simple peppermint hot cocoa recipe, it’s super easy and delicious! I hope you enjoy it.
2-3 Cups Almond Milk (or whatever milk you prefer)
½ Cup Milk Chocolate Chips
2 Crushed Candy Canes
White Chocolate Chips, Sprinkles, and Whip Cream for Garnish
Pour the almond milk into a pot and heat it on the stove until it is lightly simmering but not boiling.
Remove the pot from heat and add the chocolate chips and crushed candy canes.
Stir until the chocolate and candy canes are melted.
- Melt some white chocolate and dip the rim of your mug into it.
- Roll the chocolate-covered rim in your favorite festive sprinkles.
Top with your favorite toppings and enjoy!
Makes 2 Servings