You’ve likely heard about the post-run benefits of chocolate milk (the perfect mix of carbs and protein!), but this time of year, we prefer to drink hot chocolate. Follow these five steps to get creative with your warming concoctions.
1. Pick a milk base.
Milk doesn’t just come from cows, so feel free to use almond milk, soy milk or another kind. Check out our comparisons here. (If you choose one that’s low in protein, make sure you pair it with a hard-boiled egg or the like to properly refuel your muscles.)
LABEL ALERT: Many milks come sweetened, and some have chocolate versions, so adjust other ingredients accordingly.
2. Choose your chocolate.
- Cacao powder
- Cocoa powder
- Melted bars or chips
3. Sweeten up (especially if your chocolate source is unsweetened).
- Candy cane (’tis the season)
- Strawberry jam
- Maple syrup
4. Perk up your taste buds with a flavor enhancer.
- Espresso shot
- Pumpkin purée (a spoonful straight from the can)
- Vanilla extract
- Salt (a pinch)
5. A fragrant topping hits your brain first as you get a whiff.
- Orange zest
- Spices (cinnamon or nutmeg)
- Dried lavender, crumbled