Make homemade hot cocoa and taste the cocoa not the chemicals. Skip those packets of powder. Use this basic recipe as a guide, adjusting the ingredients to suit your taste.
It only takes a couple of minutes to make your own steaming cup of cocoa.
It's great in the wintertime or anytime of the year or day.
It's simple to make, low in fat, vegan, and contains a good dose of antioxidants.
The ingredients are...
Put 2 tablespoons (14g) of cocoa in a mug. Carefully add hot water and stir mixing well.
Then add sweetener to taste.
You can substitute milk for the water.
You could use dutched cocoa instead of the natural. It mixes easier with liquids and many people prefer the taste. But a lot of the antioxidants are destroyed by dutching.
Better taste, perhaps, but may not be as healthy.
Try adding a little vanilla extract or cinnamon to improve the taste.
A 1/4 teaspoon (1g) of butter will give it a richer taste.
Stick to the recipe and you get about 100 calories and 1g of fat.
Using milk adds fat and calories. How much depends on which type of milk you use.
That little bit of butter that made it better will cost you about 34 calories and 4g of fat.
Might want to rethink that addition.
A study from the United Kingdom found that a cup of cocoa can help your tummy. Study participants showed a serious rise in good bacteria after downing the beverage.
Why? Because the cocoa fed the good bugs. Fat and happy, they multiplied.
And a bad bug's numbers decreased.
So go ahead and feed your little buddies. Don't make them wait for more studies to confirm this health benefit of dark chocolate. Get that unofficial benefit now.
Enjoy a cup with a few million of your closest friends!
Why not end your stressful day with a nice warm cup of antioxidant-rich chocolate? Cocoa right before bed, now that's a great way to relax. Chalet and chemicals not included. Pitch out the packets! Drink in the benefits.