I’m sharing this hot cocoa a little late, and truthfully, I hope you don’t make it this year. Not because it’s not something absolutely delicious and nutritious that you’d be foolish not to try, but because making this hot cocoa might mean that you’ve just finished moving hundreds of pounds of snow and can no longer feel your fingers or the tip of your nose.
I really hope we’re done with that for at least a few more months.
But when Dear Mother Nature decides to curse us with her wrath again, you’ll at least have something to look forward to after tackling the front walkways with a shovel and crazily insisting on doing the deck out back too. (Fine, maybe you let your husband use the snow blower on the driveway.) This is no doubt one of the simplest forms of lifting heavy things, and all good lifting sessions deserve to be followed up with something protein-rich and delicious. So when it’s all said and done, you can declare myself a snow-movin’ warrior and come inside to a mug of this rich and creamy does-your-body-good just as much as it warms-your-chilly-bones hot cocoa.
Then again, you don’t really have to wait until you’ve shoveled a soccer field’s worth of snow to enjoy a steamy cup of this hot cocoa. You could easily convince yourself that you deserve it next time your hubby shovels the walkway as you mentally cheer him on from the couch, underneath a blanket. Or simply because it’s a freak night in the middle of August when the evening low dips to 35ºF. But really, who needs excuses to enjoy something that tastes amazing and is nutritiously superior to it’s sugar-laden counterpart? Not me.
Warrior’s Hot Cocoa
1 cup (8oz) unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 scoop (15gm) chocolate casein protein powder, such as Optimum Nutrition Chocolate Peanut Butter Casein Protein Powder*
1 tablespoon (5gm) natural unsweetened cocoa powder
1 packet Truvia Natural Sweetener, or other sweetener to taste
Blend all ingredients until smooth. Heat gently in the microwave or on the stove top until hot.
*Casein protein powder is the key this rich and creamy hot cocoa; whey protein will be a bit grainier.
Servings Per Recipe: 1
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat: 3.5 g
Cholesterol: 4.5 mg
Sodium: 280.0 mg
Total Carbs: 6.4 g
Dietary Fiber: 2.5 g
Protein: 12.9 g