It’s the most wonderful time of the year - the holidays! Decorating the house, spending time with family and friends, and of course sipping on all of the warm festive beverages!
Growing up, hot chocolate was a favourite in my house. I’m talking the powdered individual packets with mini marshmallows, ready to go with some hot water and warm milk.
Fast forward to today, as a holistic nutritionist I wouldn’t touch the stuff! I’m all about balance - but when it comes to this, I won’t budge. Here’s why:
Sugar, modified milk ingredients, glucose solids, hydrogenated coconut, palm kernel and soy oils, dehydrated marshmallows (sugar, corn syrup, dextrose, modified corn starch, gelatine, flavour and artificial flavour), cocoa, salt, cellulose gum, flavour and artificial flavour, dipotassium phosphate, mono- and diglycerides, datem, silicon dioxide, guar gum.
These are the ingredients found in “said” powdered hot chocolate packets.
Where do I even begin in dissecting these ingredients?
First things first, when reading ingredient labels, the first ingredient listed is what the product contains the most of. In this case, that is sugar. Not cocoa, sugar.
Secondly, I hope you know my stance on refined sugars. In case you need a refresher, check out my blog post Top 3 Recipes for Healthy Lattes for all of the details.
Because I take pride in my product swapping abilities, I whipped up this white hot chocolate featuring Soar Organics Matcha. It’s creamy, dreamy, delicious and truly takes me back to my childhood, with a little twist.