It’s been raining on and off in Houston recently, and let’s just say rainy days can be a little depressing and cold. So…We all can use a little chocolate-y pick-me-up! Hot chocolate is awesome for those dreary, winter day, but they don’t have to be a winter-only treat. I could totally enjoy a cup right now.
However, store bought hot chocolate packs can be overpoweringly sweet and unhealthy, so today we’ll be sharing a healthy, easy hot chocolate recipe with Steph as our lovely model. 🙂
1-2 servings, depending on how much you’re craving chocolate 😉
(me, that’d be one serving…)
2 cups soy milk
2 tbsp turbinado sugar
3 tbsp cocoa powder (we used Trader Joe’s)
pinch of salt
pinch of cinnamon
1 tsp of creamer (we used natural bliss hazelnut creamer)
First, heat up the soy milk on stove top. Take a small scoop of hot soy milk and mix the cocoa powder in until smooth and mix that mixture into the pot; this method is much easier than just mixing cocoa powder directly into the 2 cups of soy milk (clumps will form that way)! Then, add in the rest of the ingredients and stir well! Voilà, you’re done! Wasn’t that easy?
Of course, we love learning about nutrition, so before we say “bye bye,” we wanted to share some of the benefits of the cocoa powder, cinnamon, and turbinado sugar (gasp! sugar!).
Cocoa powder contains phenethylamine, which acts as an antidepressant (perfect for the rainy weather!). Certain studies have also shown that it can increase endorphin levels, making people feel happier! Yippee! Cocoa powder contains antioxidants (flavonoids) that help fight against cancer and other health issues.
Cinnamon has multitudes of benefits, with our favorite being that it can help balance blood-sugar levels. After eating a meal or snack, sugar levels spike (depending on how much sugars and carbs consumed). Cinnamon helps prevent that quick rise in blood sugar!
Turbinado sugar, although still sugar, is better than traditional white sugar. It’s still made from sugar cane, but is minimally refined. This results in a sugar that’s darker in color. Since turbinado sugar is less processed than traditional sweeteners, it retains more of the nutrients found in sugar canes. However, don’t go pouring in cups of this stuff, because no matter what, that would still be unhealthy 🙂
What’s your favorite rainy day drink?