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Happy and Healthy in 2014 – Sugar-free Hot Cocoa

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    Welcome to a new year and a new you! Wow – Doesn’t that sound corny? Why must we pick the change in the year to dictate when we can change our ways? 
    I started a weight loss journey back in September, 2013. My goal was to drop 23 pounds by the end of the year. I didn’t make it, but I’m not discouraged. I lost 13 pounds and even though I ate way too many cookies over Christmas, I actually maintained my weight and didn’t gain any of it back! 
    To me, that’s success!
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    Again, welcome to a New Year and new ME!! We have decided to swap out the “Weight Loss Wednesday” posts for a simple “Happy and Healthy” post.

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    What makes you happy?
    I’ll tell you want makes me happy – well, besides eating a plate of chocolate chip cookies. I enjoy being outside with my friends and family. I enjoy our weekly game night where there is no TV or computer and we spend an hour after dinner playing Trouble or Sorry. 
    I obviously like to bake, but I hate to cook. Almost every night I take some time to read. At the moment I am re-reading The Hobbit – again. 
    What makes you happy? I want to know.
    And I want you to do more of it!
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    A treat I was enjoying in December was real hot chocolate. On the stove with milk, cocoa, sugar and a pinch of salt. Oh, so good!!
    This is a Sugar-Free Hot Chocolate. I got the recipe from the new book by Diane Sanfilippo, The 21-Day Sugar Detox. She is also the blogger at Balanced Bites and has a ton of healthy recipes to fit into your resolutions to eat better in 2014!
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    Sugar Free Hot Cocoa

    Sugar Free Hot Cocoa

    This is a Sugar-Free Hot Chocolate. I got the recipe from the new book by Diane Sanfilippo, The 21-Day Sugar Detox. She is also the blogger at Balanced Bites and has a ton of healthy recipes to fit into your resolutions to eat better all year long!

    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Cook Time 10 minutes
    Total Time 15 minutes

    Ingredients

    • 1 1/2 cups full fat coconut milk (comes in a can – look for it by the evaporated milk)
    • 1 1/2 cups water
    • 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (check your label for sugar content)
    • seeds from 1 vanilla bean pod
    • Cinnamon – for sprinkling
    • Optional – Whipped Cream, unsweetened

    Instructions

      1. Combine all ingredients into a pot and whisk over medium high heat. Pour and serve, sprinkling some cinnamon on top.
      2. I found mine to be a little bitter, so I added a 1/4 cup of unsweetened whipped cream and some extra cinnamon to it and it helped. To keep this treat Dairy-Free as well, you can whip coconut milk fat. I was out of it, so I used whipping cream instead.

    Notes

    Recipe from Diane Sanfilippo, The 21-Day Sugar Detox

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    I'm Karyn, a mom and wife, and I founded this little baking blog. Baking and making desserts have been my passion since I was a kid. I love experimenting with different flavors and sharing delicious recipes with all of you. Read more.

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