While the thermometer outside would beg to differ, December has officially arrived in Texas. As someone who vehemently despises the cold, you would think I would be thankful for the temperate clime. But guess what, I’m not. Call me a brat, call me hard to please,
call me Ishmael; It doesn’t feel like Christmas without a chill in the air. I’m not asking for frostbitten extremities; I just want a temperature that requires closed toed shoes.
Wish and want all I please, the weather is
the only thing one of those things I simply cannot control. That being said, what I can control is how I respond to it. So, I have decided to ignore the temperature and act as Buddy The Elf-ish as possible until the weather eventually catches on. While the snowmen might be melting, my holiday spirit is not. And what better way to start than with a steaming mug o’ chocolate?
Before leaving work last night I was hit with a major craving for a cup of the good stuff. And no I don’t mean sizzurp, though it is “Houston’s hometown drank”. The only place I know to get hot chocolate on demand is Starbucks - I've haid theirs before, and it is seriously de-lish. However, it’s also very sugary and pretty high in calories. And since I would like to get through the holidays without being mistaken for Santa, I wanted to attempt a healthier version of this Christmas classic. Something I could enjoy guilt-free through the new year and beyond. Thus I began my search at the healthiest place I know: Whole Foods.
I went into WF knowing I wanted to use chocolate almond milk as my base and decided to “wing” the rest. I know, I'm spontaneous. After securing my chocolate milk, I wandered over to the tea/coffee/other-stuff-you-mix-with-water-and-drink aisle to peruse some possible additions to the mix. After lots of browsing and some semi-awkward picture taking, I settled on peppermint chocolate tea and dark drinking chocolate. I left the store an embarrassing-amount-of-money-to-spend-on-chocolate poorer, excited to try my hand at some healthy hot choc.
|Don't mind me taking pictures on the floor|
I will spare you the details of my
super scientific completely made up process and skip to the end result: a very delicious 16 ounce cup o’ Christmas cheer for just 160 calories. Not bad considering a 16 ounce skinny hot chocolate without whip cream from Starbucks has 240 calories. Plus now that I have all the ingredients on hand I can make hot chocolate three times a day whenever the mood strikes!
While the recipe below is for a single serving, it could easily be multiplied to make a batch for the whole family or for guests at a holiday gathering. You could even add peppermint sticks or a sprig of mint if you’re feeling extra wild. Just stick to this base and you can’t go wrong!
1 cup chocolate almond milk
1 cup water2 bags peppermint chocolate tea (peppermint tea would probably work as well)
1 tablespoon drinking chocolate
1. Add chocolate milk, water and tea bags to a saucepan
2. Cook on medium high heat until bubbles begin to form around the edge of the pan
3. Add drinking chocolate and reduce to a simmer until drinking chocolate has been absorbed
4. Remove tea bags, let cool and enjoy!
Side note: I enjoyed my hot choc while watching Lawless - certainly not required but highly encouraged. Hot chocolate and Tom Hardy? Merry Christmas to MYSELF.
|In case you were wondering, I'm also British|
What’s your favorite holiday treat? Do you like to “healthify” your indulgences or just go for the real deal? Do you have Tom Hardy's phone number?