Holiday Hot Cocoa

Ho Ho Holiday Cocoa

With Christmas coming ever near (in 4 more days!) it’s time to bust out the holiday sweet & treats! This hot chocolate will warm you up in the cold weather & can easily be made in a big batch for family gatherings! Made with 0 sugar and very little fat it’s a treat you can enjoy without the worry of weight gain…nobody here will be turning into Santa Claus 😛  This is truly a guiltless treat – I shocked myself when I counted up the calories & realized that each serving is only 38 calories! So curl up by the fireplace with a mug of this stuff and enjoy the holiday season – Merry Christmas from me to you 😉

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Ingredients:

  • 1/4 c. water
  • 1/4 c. cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 c. stevia
  • 2 c. almond milk (unsweetened – don’t use the coconut blend)
  • 1 TBSP maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • *optional candy cane for garnish

MAKES 3 SERVINGS

Start by combining the water, stevia, cocoa powder, salt and maple syrup in a saucepan. Cook on medium while stirring regularly until all ingredients are combined. Gradually pour in the almond milk (1/2 cup at a time) and stir. Simmer on medium for another 5-10 minutes until cocoa is hot. Add the remaining teaspoon of vanilla, stir, and enjoy! Top it off with a candy cane for an extra holiday treat! Alternatively, you could add a teaspoon of peppermint extract to get that delicious candy cane flavor! If you like your cocoa extra creamy you could substitute the water in the recipe for almond milk or add more (1/4 c.) so that there is not so much of a cocoa flavor. Drink up & enjoy!

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Friday Food Find: When Life Gives You Lemons…

I’ll admit I’ve gotten a lot of ‘lemons’ from life lately – nothing to REALLY complain about, just that I’ve been more busy than I could ever imagine with classes. I also got a bit dehydrated in this hot hot Texas sun and went through a whole ‘hmmm what is wrong with me?’ freakout at the doctor’s office. Luckily nothing is seriously wrong – I just had an infection which dehydration made much worse, and was forced to temporarily lay off the caffeine, alcohol and sugar (yes, everything good in life). I was also told to drink as much water as is humanly possible.

The thing is, I’m just not a huge H20 drinker – normally I’ll have maybe a glass or two a day (I know, that’s horrible). Regardless, I’ve been forced to change my ways. I’ve been drinking about 8-9 glass daily now, and after going on an “all water” beverage diet, I was looking for something else to drink…which is when I discovered this wonderful lemonade!

Let’s be honest, the bottle is definitely what caught my eye.  I picked up the diet version wondering (and hoping) that it was made with Stevia as opposed to Aspartame or some other artificial sweetener and to my surprise it was! I was pleased to find that there was only one ingredient on the list that I was unfamiliar with – erythritol, which I later read occurs naturally in some fruits and fermented foods so I figured it can’t be that bad right?

The lemonade is super refreshing and delicious – and only 20 calories a bottle! Another thing I liked about it was the fact that I could see bits of pulp from the lemon juice floating around the bottom of the bottle, which in my mind showed that it was REAL lemonade. I think this would make for a wonderful cocktail mixer as well as just being an awesome drink on it’s own!

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I for one agree with the bottle caps – Hubert’s Lemonade causes joy (for me at least) so try it out!

Drink up & enjoy!