The Healthiest Hot Chocolate – Ever!!

December 4, 2012
Greens Chocolate 9.52oz (72dpi)

When there is a bit of a chill in the air, curling up on the couch with a nice cup of hot chocolate is a delicious way to warm up.  My kids love hot chocolate – but I don’t love the kind made with those hot chocolate packets – each cup contains 20 grams of sugar (5 teaspoons!) and a bunch of other no-so-healthy ingredients we try to avoid. Here is the ingredients list from a popular brand:

SUGAR, CORN SYRUP SOLIDS, VEGETABLE OIL (PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED COCONUT OR PALM KERNEL AND HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN), DAIRY PRODUCT SOLIDS, COCOA PROCESSED WITH ALKALI, AND LESS THAN 2% OF CELLULOSE GUM, NONFAT MILK, SALT, SODIUM CASEINATE, SODIUM CITRATE, DIPOTASSIUM PHOSPHATE, SODIUM ALUMINOSILICATE, MONO- AND DIGLYCERIDES, GUAR GUM, ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS.

Then I found the perfect solution – delicious and healthy hot chocolate – thanks to Barleans Chocolate Greens!  First of all, these greens are like no other – they do not taste “greenish” or look at all green – so they are great for kids, especially picky ones. They are not grainy at all either – they stir in totally smooth into your liquid.  Each serving contains more than 5 servings of vegetables, probiotics, superfood greens, and much more!  So when I read that it makes a yummy hot chocolate – we decided to give it a try – and it definitely makes a delicious and super healthy cup of hot chocolate (or chocolate milk, or chocolate smoothie)!

I wasn’t expecting my daughter to like it, who is a mostly reformed, but still a little bit of picky eater, and definitely a supertaster – so when she gave it the thumbs up, I was totally elated.

There are a couple ways to make it:

  1. Just warm 8 oz. of milk in a saucepan on the stove (whole organic works great, or 1/4 cup of So Delicious coconut creamer mixed with 3/4 cup of another type of non-dairy milk is also a winner.  When the milk is nice and warm (not boiling), remove from heat, and add a scoop of Barleans Chocolate Silk Greens, stir well to combine.  Taste it before serving – my kids like it best with just a little bit of clear Natures Agave nectar added too (approx 1/2 – 1 teaspoon).
  2. You can also do this in your Vitamix if you have one – no stove required.  Just put the milk in the Vitamix, turn on high and let run for about 5-7 minutes, then add the greens at the end – turn back on to incorporate, and serve.

Pour your hot chocolate into a mug, and serve.  Optional – you could even use a mini organic

candy cane to stir – it will give it a nice minty taste.  Or top with some Elyon gluten free mini marshmallows, available at Whole Foods markets.

Sara Vance Article written by Nutritionist Sara Vance, author of the book
The Perfect Metabolism Plan A regular guest on Fox 5 San Diego, you can see many of Sara’s segments on her media page. She also offers corporate nutrition, school programs, consultations, and affordable online eCourses. Download her free 40+ page Metabolism Jumpstart eBook here.

*This article is for educational purposes only. The content contained in this article is not to be construed as providing medical advice. All information provided is general and not specific to individuals. Persons with questions about the above content as how it relates to them, should contact their medical professional. Persons already taking prescription medications should consult a doctor before making any changes to their supplements or medications.

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