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“The metabolism of fats creates body heat, since they pack twice as many calories per gram as protein or carbohydrate, a high-fat diet helps maintain normal body temperatures better than a high-protein or high-starch diet could.”– Annemarie Colbin, Certified Health Education Specialist in her book Food and Healing
We live in northern Vermont, where it is very cold for many months of the year. Today we wanted something hot and sweet to drink without breaking down and heading to Dunkin Donuts, so we made a modified version of Gwyneth Paltrow’s hot cocoa from her recent Winter Detox plan. She gets a lot of bad press for her recipes being unaffordable, but we purchased ingredients to make our extremely similar cocoa for six people for $13.78- that’s $2.29 per cocoa about the size of a Dunkin Donuts medium drink, which is definitely less than they charge for their deluxe beverages. Not only that, our cocoa had some redeeming value! While you’d still only want to have it as a treat, our cocoa featured healthy fats from coconut milk, almond milk and cashew butter, low-glycemic sweetening from agave syrup, and the natural deodorizing and detoxifying effects of chlorophyll. The cocoa was rich and creamy, just sweet enough, and not too heavy in my stomach. Here’s hoping the calories keep me warm tonight!
Since my folks live near the grocery store, we stopped by and made a cup for my dad. Despite his initial disappointed cry of “chlorophyll?!?!” as I was unpacking the ingredients he enjoyed his hot cocoa very much after a day of skiing.