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Hot Chocolate

The classic winter beverage made healthier by Cheryl Forberg.

per serving: 101 calories, 6 g protein, 19 g carbohydrates, 1 g total fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 g monounsaturated fat, 0 mg omega-3s, 0 g fiber, 16 g sugar, 77 mg sodium
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Yield: Makes six 6-ounce servings


Delicious hot or cold, this takes just minutes to make. Store leftovers in the fridge for up to two days. Chilled chocolate milk is a great base for a post-workout smoothie. Just add a frozen banana and a dollop of vanilla yogurt for a thick and frosty treat. - Cheryl Forberg, RD

  • 1⁄3 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 4 cups fat-free milk
  • 1⁄2 cup water
  • 1⁄4 cup agave nectar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Place the cocoa in a 2-quart saucepan.
  2. Add about 1⁄2 cup of the milk to make a smooth paste. Stir well to remove all lumps.
  3. Gradually whisk in the water, agave, and the remaining milk. Place over medium-high heat and bring just to a simmer; do not boil.
  4. Stir in the vanilla extract.

COCOA FACTOID: Unsweetened cocoa powder’s high starch content makes it difficult to dissolve in liquid. To prevent lumps from forming, use cold liquid, which can help separate the starch particles.

Source: Positively Ageless: A 28-Day Plan for a Younger Slimmer Sexier You by Cheryl Forberg, RD (Rodale ) (with permission)

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