Cocoa beverages have been enjoyed for thousands of years, having originated in South America. It is still enjoyed today and is, indeed, an elixir. Rich in flavanols–powerful antioxidants with anti-inflammatory properties–cocoa is known to support the health of the heart and blood vessels, contribute to mental well-being and may moderate blood sugar levels.
In addition to the benefits of cocoa, this hot chocolate recipe boasts 12 grams of protein and only 1 teaspoon of sugar! It is an excellent source of calcium, a nutrient necessary for healthy bones.
We have started drinking this hot chocolate almost every morning this winter. It’s a warm, rich, slightly sweet beverage that is deeply satisfying and comforting. I feel good knowing we are packing all those nutrients in while drinking a beverage we love. For convenience, I mix a large batch of this hot chocolate in the beginning of the week and store it in the fridge. Then I just warm up what we will drink in the morning, making it a quick and nutritious addition to our breakfast when we’re busy getting ready for school and work.