Hi CGH Peeps!
I’m so stoked to begin offering healthy recipes on my website! It makes total sense since my motto is- “Good health is contagious…pass it on!” Most of my favorite, healthier recipes have been passed on to me from friends and family. When I find something delicious and healthy, or at least healthier, I pass it along as well.
Since it’s been snowing all week, and I am constantly cold, I decided to launch my recipes with my favorite hot chocolate recipe. Truth be told- as healthy as I try to eat, I am a chocolate-holic. While I’ve eliminated the majority of sugar from my diet over the last six months, I still indulge in chocolate here and there.
After discovering just how bad my usual go-to hot cocoa packets really were, I searched for recipes, so I could make my own. (If you have any packets in your house- check out the sugar content on the box. It’s crazy.)
I found a recipe for “creamy hot cocoa” on allrecipes.com. While it was delicious, it also included 3/4 cup of sugar- almost 1/4 cup of sugar per mug. Waaaayyyyy too much sugar for our sweet bodies. I tried the recipe using 1/4 cup sugar, and 1/2 cup cup-for-cup stevia. It tasted very good, but it was still too much sugar for me. So, I dropped the sugar all together, and used 3/4 cup cup-for-cup stevia, and it was fantastic. I could not tell there was no sugar in it. I had my very picky and honest 9 year old twin niece and nephew try it, and they loved it- it passed the test!
If you’re unfamiliar with stevia, it comes from an herb found in South America, and is quite sweet, although it contains no sugar. Stevia is sweeter than sugar, so you don’t need as much stevia in recipes. In order to make life easier for myself, when I replace sugar in recipes with stevia, I prefer to buy the cup-for-cup stevia. However, you can easily find a conversion chart online that will tell you how much stevia to use in place of sugar, if you’d rather not use the cup-for-cup. If you’d like to learn more about stevia, Dr. Andrew Weil has info on his website here- click here for the article.
For those of you who are dairy free- skip the 1/2 and 1/2 and whipped cream, and use your “milk” of choice. It’ll be just as delicious!