Friday, September 10, 2010

Healthy Hot Chocolate

Treats can be Tasty AND Healthy

As a naturopathic doctor, I enjoy finding ways to make favorite indulgences healthier. Here's a quick recipe I've developed for making a healthy hot chocolate that you can enjoy as a 100% guilt-free treat that also satisfies hunger.

26 grams (1 "scoop") vanilla rice protein powder* (altenative: soy would also work well)
1 tbsp organic cocoa powder**
1/4 tsp natural vanilla extract
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1-4 drops stevia extract (or to taste)
Boiling water

In your favorite mug, combine protein and cocao powders and mix well to eliminate any clumps. Add just enough hot water to mix the powders into a paste. Add the almond milk, vanilla extract and stevia extract and mix well. Top up your mug with hot water and stir again.

Each 1-cup serving provides:
Protein: 9.75 g, Carbohydrate: 15.25 g, Fiber: 4.75 g, Fat: 3.75 g, Calories: 115, plus an array of vitamins and minerals from the enriched protein powder.

*I like Metagenics UltraMeal (Rice) Protein powder
**Try Cocoa Camino Fair Trade, Organic 100% Cacao powder (Canadian company!) or pulverize raw cocao nibs into a powder.

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