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Coconut Hot Cocoa

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I was craving hot cocoa the other day, as I came indoors from temperatures down into the mid-teens and I realized that hot cocoa is something I never “allow” myself to indulge in. I make it for my son and his buddies all winter long, but I always have tea. Hmmmm…

That was beginning to sound like denial to me, an unhealthy state of mind, so I set about making a simple hot cocoa in a way that suited my Nutritional Style®.

I used coconut sugar, a delicious sweetener that’s low on the glycemic index, meaning it doesn’t spike your blood sugar levels the way processed white sugar would. It’s dairy free, low-glycemic, and perfect for you Healthy Omnivores, Flexible Vegetarians, and Modern Vegans too.

No more denial for any of us. Time to indulge in a traditional treat, guilt-free.

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Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

This cocoa is a excellent quick energy source sweet treat! The original cocoa bean called cacao has a significant amounts of vitamin E and B and important minerals such as chromium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. Beware of the fat intake from coconut milk and cacao itself, particularly when overindulging in drinking cocoa. Cacao is considered to be a rich source of antioxidants such as procyanidins and flavanoid. Prolonged intake of flavanol-rich cacao has been linked to cardiovascular health benefits. Drinking cocoa gives a feel good feeling from the theobromine stimulant found in the cacao bean. Unlike caffeine, this drink does not stimulate the central nervous system but its effects are mainly diuretic.

By Denine Rogers

Coconut Hot Cocoa

  • Prep Time:2 minutes
  • Cook Time:10 minutes
  • Servings: 2

Ingredients

1 cup unsweetened nut milk or coconut milk of choice (homemade is best)
1-2 teaspoons raw, organic cacao
1-2 teaspoons coconut sugar (this is also sold under the name palm sugar)

Instructions

1. Add liquid to tea pot or small saucepan. Bring to a low simmer, just before boiling.
2. Mix in cacao and sugar. Stir gently.
3. Let cool down to a comfortable temperature. Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy!

1. Add liquid to tea pot or small saucepan. Bring to a low simmer, just before boiling. 2. Mix in cacao and sugar. Stir gently. 3. Let cool down to a comfortable temperature. Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Per Serving:  Calories: 37; Total Fat: 2 g; Saturated Fat: 1 g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0 g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 0 g; Cholesterol: 80 mg; Sodium: 4mg; Potassium: 4 mg; Carbohydrate: 1 g; Fiber: 1 g; Sugar: 3 g; Protein: 1 g

Nutrition Bonus: Calcium: 23%; Vitamin A: 5%; Vitamin C: 3%; Iron: 2%

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