Hot Chocolate With Fewer Calories
It’s been cooler than normal here in the great state of Arizona, and with cool weather comes warm drinks. I want to share a simple hack that will still allow you to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate, but with far fewer calories. I remember when I was a kid, on cold rainy days, we would break out the large pot and make big batches of hot chocolate on the stove. All that creamy milk and loads of powdered chocolate dumped into the pot and stirred around until it was piping hot. Ah, the good old days. I don’t even want to guess the amount of calories that went into each cup I would drink, but as a kid, I could have cared less. Now, as an adult, I am more aware of these things.
The typical cup of hot chocolate will run you around 229 calories per cup if you are using whole milk (149 calories) and a regular packet of hot chocolate (80 calories). That’s a little steep for a drink with not a lot of nutritional value. When I am craving a cup of hot chocolate now, I use almond milk and a packet of fat free hot chocolate mix. Almond milk is 30 calories per cup and the fat free packet is 25 calories. So rather than 229 calories I am looking at 55 calories, which saves me approximately 174 calories.
Tips – You can also use coconut milk if you prefer it. Any nut milk will work. If you can’t have nuts, then feel free to sub the nut milk will a skim milk, as it still has significantly less calories than whole milk. Adding sugar free syrups call also add to the flavor. I love using sugar free vanilla, but there are many sugar free syrups that would would great.
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