Healthy Ways to Enjoy National Hot Chocolate Day

Today is National Hot Chocolate Day! 

What a perfect reason to sit down and sip on a warm cup of hot chocolate. Make it right and you’ll get a big boost of protein too!

 

Start with 1 cup milk and heat:

Fairlife fat free milk (80 calories, 13 grams protein, 0 grams fat, 6 grams carbohydrate)

Kroger Carb Master chocolate milk (80 calories, 11 grams protein, 0 grams fat, 7 grams carbohydrate)

Skim milk (83 calories, 8 grams protein, 0 grams fat, 12 grams carbohydrate)

Soy milk (80 calories, 7 grams protein, 4 grams fat, 3 grams carbohydrate)

Almond milk (35 calories, 1 gram protein, 3 grams fat, 1 gram carbohydrate)

Coconut milk (45 calories, 0 grams protein, 4 grams fat, 1 gram carbohydrate)

 

Add chocolate (to warm milk):

Nestlé’s Quick, no-added-sugar (2 Tbsp.=40 calories, 1 gram protein, .5 grams fat, 8 grams carbohydrate)

Chocolate syrup, no-added-sugar (2 Tbsp.=10 calories, 0 grams protein, 0 grams fat, 6 grams carbohydrate)

Swiss Miss Reduced Calorie (1 packet=35 calories, 3 grams protein, 0 grams fat, 5 grams carbohydrate)

 

Top it off:

Sugar Free Marshmallows (each=30 calories, 1 gram protein, 0 grams fat, 11 grams carbohydrate)

Whipped topping (2 Tbsp. =15 calories, 0 grams protein, 1 gram fat, 1 gram carbohydrate)

Make it from scratch:

1 cup Fairlife fat free milk
2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 ½ Tbsp. stevia, Splenda or erythritol
¼ tsp. vanilla extract
2 Tbsp. whipped topping

Heat milk, whisk in cocoa powder and sweetener. Once well-blended, add in vanilla. Top with whipped topping and enjoy. Makes 1 serving.

Nutrition information per serving: 115 calories, 14 grams protein, 2 grams fat, 13 grams carbohydrate.

 

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