“It’s soooooo cold” and “I don’t want to go outside”, was all I heard from my family and friends back home in Toronto last week. I thought I would post my secret recipe for a comforting and healthy hot chocolate. My recipe has 5 ingredients and takes about 3 minutes to make. So there is no excuse for being cold and miserable anymore, ok?

The Taste: 
If you took a blind taste test between my recipe for hot chocolate and one from local coffee shop, you would be able to tell that mine is healthier. But, that isn’t a bad thing. It’s not overly sweet or creamy, and it doesn’t leave that chalky feeling in your mouth after you finish drinking it. My hot chocolate is light, thin but not overly watered down, and it leaves you feeling warm and satisfied. This means, no sugar rush!  It’s really delightful.
Recipe (serves one person who wants to warm up!):
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 cup skim milk (you can also use soy or almond milk)
1/2 cup boiling hot water
1 tsp honey or agave nectar
A touch of vanilla extract (optional)Directions: 
1. Boil some water in the kettle.
2. Heat milk in the microwave for 1 minute or bring bring milk to an ‘almost boiling point’ over the stove. Your choice.
3. Pour 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 cup water into a mug.
4. Mix in mug the cocoa powder, honey, and vanilla extract (optional) with a whisk. Enjoy!
Note: A whisk really helps to mix the ingredients together, so a spoon won’t cut it here!
It’s about balance. . .
I get it. We all need a specialty beverage from Starbucks every once and a while. But it’s important to know the nutritional values of such drinks. For example, a short (8 oz) hot chocolate from Starbucks has 220 calories, 10 grams of fat, 6 grams of saturated fat, and 23 grams of sugar. That is more saturated fat you can find in a chocolate eclair (which has approximately 4 grams of saturated fat).  My homemade recipe for hot chocolate contains approximately 69 calories, 0.8 grams of total fat, 0.5 grams of saturated fat, and 10 grams of sugar.It’s easy to forget how many calories, fat, and sugar we can consume in liquid form. Keep that in mind when you are trying to warm up.  A plain coffee can keep you warm until you get home, and then if you are still cold, you can make your own healthy version of hot chocolate.
Overall Recipe Rating: 4/5 kiwis