Hot Chocolate for the Soul

January 18, 2013

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After getting home from class or
work on a dark, chilly night why not warm up with a nice cup of hot chocolate?
Hot chocolate can be a great treat to curb any sweet cravings plus you can add
your own personal twist to it.

The typical “instant” mixes can
contain corn syrup, hydrogenated soybean oil, salt, artificial flavorings, and
many more ingredients that our grandparents have never heard of! The amount of
these ingredients and others depends on the type of mix. Some companies, such
as Swiss Miss have a line called Sensible Sweets that include diet and sugar
free instant mixes. These are in fact sensible alternatives and good options
for a late night snack.

If you are interested in getting
away from the packaged hot chocolate try a basic recipe suggested by SELF
Healthier Hot Chocolate

  • 2 cups powdered milk
  • 2/3 cup sugar (or less! It is up to you)
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (or more if you
    like it chocolaty)
  • A pinch of salt

Combine all these ingredients and
keep them in an air-tight container. Next time you crave hot chocolate boil
some water, add ¼ cup of mix into a mug, pour the water in, stir, and enjoy!

Some alternatives include…

  • Using warm milk instead of boiled water to make
    a creamier beverage
  • To make it dairy-free remove the powdered milk
    and use almond or soy milk and blend together with the chocolaty mix
  • Feel free to use sweetened cocoa powder if you
    like a drink that is chocolate rich!
  • To cut back on the sugar, a more natural low
    calorie sweetener can be used such as True-via or other Stevia-based products

Kick up the flavor by…

  • Adding a splash of vanilla extract to enhance
    the chocolaty goodness!
  • Cinnamon can be added to the original mix to
    give a different flavor
  • Spice things up a bit by adding 1 teaspoon of
    cayenne pepper! This may help fight any inflammation in the body

Try this recipe and feel free to continue looking up ways to
add more spunk to a favorite winter drink!

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