The classic winter beverage made healthier by Cheryl Forberg.
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
- Place the cocoa in a 2-quart saucepan.
- Add about 1⁄2 cup of the milk to make a smooth paste. Stir well to remove all lumps.
- Gradually whisk in the water, agave, and the remaining milk. Place over medium-high heat and bring just to a simmer; do not boil.
- 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)