Who doesn’t love a good cup of hot chocolate on a cold day?  My kids love a treat when they come inside from playing in the snow or ice skating.  I love a treat once they are tucked in bed and I can relax!

I avoid packaged hot chocolate mixes as much as I can.  They are convenient, but they are usually loaded with sugar and other icky ingredients, and they really don’t taste that good!

swiss miss hot chocolate

Take this Swiss Miss for example.  As much calcium as milk?  I will still pass.  Along with sugar and corn syrup, you are getting hydrogenated oil.  And artificial flavors.  And some other ingredients that I’m not really sure what they are.

equal exchange hot cocoa

A better bet would be an organic hot chocolate mix.  I have given my kids one from Equal Exchange.  Now, it’s still not the best.  Organic and free of artificial flavors, GMO’s, and hydrogenated oils, yes.  But the first ingredient is still evaporated cane juice (aka sugar).

The best thing to do is make your own.  You can go fancy and melt real chocolate, or go simple like I do and use cacao, cocoa or carob powder.  For those of you who are new to carob powder, it’s a chocolate alternative with similar flavor, but unlike chocolate, it’s caffeine-free.  I use carob in the evening.

Healthy hot chocolate

Enjoy!

Cauliflower Rice
Better than you think.. use herbs you love and give it a try!
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Ingredients
  1. Florets from one head of cauliflower
  2. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  3. 1 clove garlic, minced (optional)
  4. 1 teaspoon dill
  5. 1 teaspoon basil, chopped
  6. Sea salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Steam the florets until tender, about 10 minutes.
  2. Drain and place in food processor with garlic and herbs.
  3. Slowly drizzle in olive oil and pulse until rice-like consistency.
  4. Season with salt and pepper and serve.
Notes
  1. You can skip the steaming step if raw cauliflower does not bother your stomach.
  2. Alternatively, you can process the cauliflower first, then add to a pan with olive oil, garlic and herbs and heat through.
Angie Jones http://healthyangie.com/