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Happy Thanksgiving! And (yum yum yum!) do you like hot cocoa?

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Nov 26, 2009

This morning I’m compiling my kids’ Christmas wish lists to brave Black Friday early in the morning with my girlfriend. (Gulp. I haven’t done that in 15 years.) I’m putting together the big vegetable plate (okay, I’m taking the plastic off the Costco one I bought) and making a giant fruit salad, as my contributions to Thanksgiving dinner at my mom’s.

I love when they give me that assignment–okay, raw fruits/vegs are ALWAYS my assignment–because then I know we won’t have a completely heavy, cooked meal. I have my kids fill their first plate up with the good stuff and then (gotta balance my wishes for them to be healthy with reality!) I let them do whatever else they want. I’m always interested to hear how YOU find that balance with your kids. It’s tricky in the modern world for sure. I hear from some of you that you get criticized for being “controlling” if you want to require good nutrition. (Check. Been there.)

Find the balance–it’s not easy, but giving up on health and nutrition is no answer either. Where the balance is, in your situation, is unique, but if you’re a mom or a dad, you’ll be given the intuition to navigate it as gracefully as possible. We’re all flawed. All we can do as parents is TRY, and then get up tomorrow morning and TRY AGAIN.

I love y’all for being here on my blog–because that means you’re TRYING.

I don’t generally like “drinking my calories,” but I do LOVE hot cocoa in the winter. And OH MY GOODNESS, I found the most lovely thing.

It’s Cocoa Mojo, quality organic chocolate (no alkaloids used) sweetened with unrefined coconut palm sugar, which is lower in calories with low impact on your blood sugar. (No blood sugar jolt!) It’s in the store and if you use the code COCOA you’ll get $1 off.

I love to put a big scoop of coconut milk powder in hot water first, to make “milk” that is rich in lauric acid. (This is the compound in mother’s milk that is rare in foods but abundant in coconut oil–Similac and all the rest synthesize it in that garbage they sell as “baby formula” to dry to duplicate human breast milk). It’s a powerful immune booster. After you stir in the coconut milk powder, add the cocoa.

So if you want both, get $2 off by going to the store and entering the code “COMBO” to get the coconut milk powder and the Cocoa Mojo.

I find TWO bags of Cocoa Mojo get me through ONE container of coconut milk powder, FYI.

It’s SO good and it’s a power food (with some other whole-food herbs added, but you won’t even notice). It’s a treat you’ll enjoy through the winter without guilt, when you want something sinful. It’s even shockingly low in calories! Mmmmmm.

Here’s the combo in the store:


Love you tons, HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Do give thanks for all your blessings! Mine include good friends who get me through, four beautiful kids, the support and kindness shown me and others on this blog (FROM YOU!), good health, talents I have been given opportunity to use for service, enough money to take care of my family, a big garden, meaningful work that I look forward to (almost) every day, and interests that keep me growing and thinking.

Please tell me your top five things you’re thankful for this year! (Even if you’re reading this after Thanksgiving!)

Posted in: Robyn Recommends, Whole Food

10 thoughts on “Happy Thanksgiving! And (yum yum yum!) do you like hot cocoa?”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    question. I have YET to find a “safe” coconut milk powder (that is safe from contamination from dairy, gluten, egg, etc, etc)–what about this?

    also–what about the hot cocoa mix (sounds great–I’ve wanted to venture into trying coconut sugar “some” time–) is it safe for celiacs/and or those who have a dairy allergy? (ie-processsed on the same equiptment?) THANKS

    I am thankful for

    my kids

    trials that remind me what’s important

    the opportunity to serve my family and others

    My wonderful husband

    My health (well atleast closer to being healthy THIS year than last year)

  2. Robyn, I have to say I laughed out loud when I read that you don’t like “drinking my calories” – and yet, you live on smoothies! I know what you meant, though 😉

  3. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

    Haha, true, Brenna. I guess I don’t think of my smoothies as a liquid–it’s blended food.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Lala, do you have a source for ‘safe’ shredded coconut? I once saw a recipe online for making coconut milk by blending it with water. I’ve been meaning to try that, because the canned stuff always has some sort of sulfur preservative.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I’m thankful for this blog post! Haha, seriously, though… I am thankful for like minded people. I am planning on bringing a fruit and veggie tray for Christmas, such a good idea!

    I’m thankful for 2 happy healthy kids who wanted nothing more than to have a huge smoothie this morning (they went 2 days without while we were gone)… and for all 4 of my furry kids, my hubby, and all of my wonderful vegan mom friends.

  6. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

    The coconut milk powder has 1/4 of 1% sodium caseinate as a flow agent, so it’s not technically “dairy free.” It is gluten free and egg free. The plants that make Cocoa Mojo and the coconut milk do not process grains or dairy products, only herbals.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Speaking of breastmilk… what do you suggest as an alternative if needed?

    I am thankful for:





    Working vehicles

  8. Robyn, I just found your site through my mother in law. She has high cholesterol and didn’t like the idea of taking medication to control it. Her doctor told her another way to control it would be to get at least 10 servings of vegetables a day, which for most of us seems almost impossible! She started praying to find an answer of how to consume that much every day. Then she came across your site. It was such an answer to her prayers! She has been making smoothies with brussel sprouts, broccoli, the options are endless!

    She made a green smoothie for my kids when they were at her house and they begged for more when it was gone! I’m ALWAYS looking for ways to sneak veggies in so, needless to say,I started making them. My husband loves them, my kids love them, and I love them! My husband is feeling more energetic, he’s sleeping better and has dropped a few pounds. My 10 year old son said to me today “I don’t get tired in school anymore when I have a green smoothie for breakfast”

    Thank you so much for putting your ideas out there for the rest of us. I would have never thought to make these! By the way, our current favorite is avocado, kale, spinach, banana, some vanilla yogurt and rice milk. Thank you, Thank you!

  9. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

    Tricia, thanks for your comments–things like this make my day! Keep up the good work!


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