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Best Mocha Ever!

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A long time ago I convinced myself that mochas are basically health food and the philosopher in me then reasoned that I should have one *every* day.  The antioxidants in the chocolate and coffee!  The calcium and phosphorus in the milk!  I would be doing myself a disservice if I didn’t have them all. the. time.  Then I went through the drive through at our local coffee shop and when the barista asked, “do you want a grande or a venti today?” I realized I needed to re-think my mocha habit.  The chocolate syrup that is used at coffee shops, gasp!  I was mildly horrified when I looked at the nutritional information.  It was not pretty.  Add that to the whopping price tag and the coffee shop mocha really needs to be left to special occasions (I am no longer counting driving in my car as a special occasion 🙂 ).  After lots of research and tweaking I have figured out to make the healthiest mocha EVER!  Oh, and did I mention that it is way better than the one you can get at the fancy place with the mermaid on the cup?  You’re welcome. 🙂

Here’s the breakdown:

Chocolate is really not bad for us…in reasonable amounts and if you’re opting for dark chocolate.  That is where the Hershey’s Special Dark comes in.  I HAVE to have chocolate, it’s good for me!  Cleveland Clinic spells it all out here: http://my.clevelandclinic.org/services/heart/prevention/nutrition/food-choices/benefits-of-chocolate.

Milk really does do a body good.  Consuming low-fat dairy is a great way to maintain healthy bones.  All cow’s milks contain the same amount of calcium and the low-fat variety just takes out all of the extra calories and unhealthy fats.  (You can use non-dairy milks, too, just opt for the lower calorie version to keep this a healthy mocha).

Most of us can use a little more potassium.  Did you know that one of the ingredients that really sets apart the coffee shop mocha is the salt?  Welp.  It sure is and adding lots of sodium to our diets is not something I support…so that is why I use Lite Salt in this healthy mocha.  Lite salt has a smidge of sodium and gives us potassium chloride instead.  There are lots of different brands so find the potassium chloride version you like best.  I like to use Morton’s Lite Salt.

Non-nutritive sweeteners are safe.  Sure, I was worried about them for a bit and after doing a lot of research I learned that they are a great option for adding sweetness without lots of calories and blood sugar swings.  A great article was published in Diabetes Spectrum that is a great summary about non-nutritive sweeteners.  Find the article here: http://spectrum.diabetesjournals.org/content/25/2/104.full.

Now here’s the recipe.  Enjoy!

Best Mocha Ever!

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa Powder
  • 3-4 Packets Non-nutritive Sweetener (I like to use Natra Taste or Equal)
  • 1 pinch Lite Salt
  • 3 Tablespoons hot water
  • About 4 ounces espresso or double-strength coffee (I use decaf)
  • 6-8 ounces skim milk (or milk substitute)

Instructions

  1. In a mug combine the cocoa powder, sweetener, lite salt and stir to combine. Slowly stir in the hot water and mix until smooth.
  2. Add espresso or coffee and stir until well combined.
  3. Froth milk or heat it in the microwave. When I am feeling fancy I use our frother or give it a quick whir in the blender to add some air. Usually I just use milk straight from the fridge.
  4. Add milk to mocha. Stir and enjoy!
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