Recipe adapted from Susan’s book “Boomer Be Well! Rebel Against Aging through Food, Nutrition and Lifestyle.”
Sometimes a cup of hot cocoa can just take us away. Cocoa powder has those relaxing properties for our heart and mind. This easy and quick recipe can be made ahead as it is instant. Make up a large batch and have it with you at work, while you are out skiing, snowshoeing, or hanging out at home. This recipe is made without sugar, but you can add flavoring or sweetener of choice. If using sugar, start off in small quantities such as a teaspoon (which will add 16 calories). You can also touch it up with different extracts like vanilla, peppermint or almond (about ¼ tsp), or sprinkle some cinnamon (or add a cinnamon stick to a large batch and let the flavor blend in) or dark chocolate chips. Sit back, relax and enjoy!
2 Tbsp. nonfat milk powder*
1 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
Flavoring of choice
*You can substitute a plant based beverage in place of dairy. One cup of unsweetened almond milk will be similar to caloric content, however most do not contain protein. Those with protein, such as unsweetened soy or pea will also work nicely, however calories will increase.
1. In large mug or cup, mix together the milk powder and cocoa.
2. Add a small amount of water, flavoring and stir to form a thick consistency to smooth out any lumps.
3. Add additional water to fill cup to desired size. Heat in microwave for about 1 ½ minutes. If desired, make with boiling water versus microwaving. Makes one serving.
Calories per serving: 50 calories, 4 gm PRO, 6 gm CHO, 1 gm FAT, 0 gm saturated fat/cholesterol, 2 gm sugar (from lactose in milk), 25 mg sodium, 183 mg potassium