Nutiriton: Hot Cocoa

The perfect post cold-weather workout snack?

By Hannah Dentry, WAC Dietitian

That’s right! This seasonal favorite is great for recovering after a winter run. No, I’m not recommending a double chocolate, triple sugar, mountain of marshmallows and whipped cream beverage after a workout. But, I do recommend this healthier and simpler version below for those who consume dairy as part of their diet, and here is why:

Cocoa

Pure, unsweetened cocoa is rich in antioxidants to help promote health and counteract oxidative stress.

Milk

Whey protein is found in milk and is widely regarded in the sports and nutrition world as the gold standard for supporting muscle maintenance. Milk also helps you stay hydrated.

Honey

Just a drizzle of honey adds easy-to-breakdown carbohydrates that your body needs after a tough workout and replenishes the glycogen stores in your muscles.

Healthier Hot Cocoa

  • 1 Tbsp unsweetened dark cocoa powder
  • 12 oz milk of your choice
  • 1 tsp honey
  • A sprinkle of cinnamon

Stovetop: Whisk all ingredients together on the stove until milk steams (do not let it boil).

Microwave: Pour milk and cocoa powder into a microwave safe mug, mix until blended and microwave for one minute. Whisk again, and microwave for another minute. Stir in honey and cinnamon, and enjoy!

 

—Posted December 5, 2018

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