Make homemade sugar free hot chocolate. It's very easy and oh so tasty!
Use unsweetened baking chocolate, cocoa powder, or sugar-free chocolate chips plus your favorite artificial sweetener.
Brew a tasty chocolate beverage that's suitable for diabetics (consult your doctor) or anyone who's cutting back on sugar.
Chocolate has a low glycemic index so you can probably fit some into your healthy diet.
Don't use a packet of boring powder. Make a cup of chocolate rich in flavor and healthy antioxidants!
Dark or light, the way you like it.
Best bet for diabetics? A nice cup of hot cocoa made with skim milk or water and artificial sweetener. Maybe add a little cinnamon.
Probably would be ok. Of course ask your doctor or dietitian before you try it!
Why might this be the best choice? Because a cup of hot cocoa, especially made with water, is lower in fat and calories than my other hot chocolate recipes.
Plus unsweetened cocoa powder and plain water, according to the American Diabetes Association and American Dietetic Association, are free foods in the exchange system.
Free because they have less than 5 grams of carbohydrates and less than 20 calories per serving.
You can add more cocoa, if your diet allows, to increase the chocolate flavor.
Or use less water. Make smaller, stronger, cups of cocoa and enjoy it several times a day.
You could add cinnamon and add flavor. Cinnamon may even be beneficial for people with Type II diabetes. But more research is needed on that.
Check out the sugar-free hot chocolate recipes. They aren't as healthy but may be ok to splurge on occasionally!
6 ounces or 3/4 cup (165ml) of low fat milk
2 tablespoons (22g) of sugar-free chocolate chips (used Hershey's)
Place chips in a large coffee mug, add milk. Microwave on high about a minute and a half. Let sit for 30 seconds.
Then stir till chips melt. Can't get any easier than that!
Don't worry about any chips that don't completely melt. Those gooey bits are an added bonus.
Makes a good, dark, cup of sugar-free hot chocolate. But what about the calories, carbs, and fat content? Kind of high...
Too much for your diet? Lower those numbers by making a few changes.
Substitute skim milk and save about 2.5 g of fat and around 20 calories per serving.
Replace 1 tablespoon (11g) of chips with 1 tablespoon (7g) of natural cocoa powder. That would save about 60 calories, 4 g of fat, and 6 g of carbs.
Make both changes and a serving would contain about...
Not as rich tasting but probably a wiser choice. Or you could try this sugar free hot chocolate recipe...
3/4 cup (165ml) of 1% milk
1/2 square (14g) of unsweetened baking chocolate (used Baker's)
artificial sweetener to taste
You know the drill. Put the chocolate in a large mug, add milk and microwave about 1 1/2 minutes on high. Add your favorite artificial sweetener and stir.
Don't burn your tongue! Sip, adjust sweetener if necessary. Pretty tasty, huh?
And now...the nutrition facts. How does this cup of sugar-free hot chocolate stack up? Take a look. Approximately
per serving. Not so bad.
Use skim milk and cut out 2.5 g of fat and about 20 calories.
These sugar-free hot chocolate recipe ideas are for your enjoyment. Modify them! Make smaller servings and enjoy it more often. A cup is a tasty way to add antioxidants, iron and fiber to your diet. Just one more way to get the health benefits of dark chocolate!
No need to wait for cold weather!