Sunday, December 20, 2009
You can buy packets of cocoa mix, with these ingredients -
SUGAR, CORN SYRUP, MODIFIED WHEY, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), HYDROGENATED COCONUT OIL, NONFAT MILK, CALCIUM CARBONATE, LESS THAN 2% OF: SALT, DIPOTASSIUM PHOSPHATE, MONO- AND DIGLYCERIDES, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, CARRAGEENAN
Or make your own, with these ingredients -
Milk and/or Cream
What's the difference, you say? Well, as Michael Pollan says, junk food isn't so bad when you make it yourself. Click here to read more.
Let's look at the ingredients. Second on the list is corn syrup. Drs. Roizen and Oz say that if this ingredient is in the top five in the list, you shouldn't buy the food (they say the same for hydrogenated oils). Not sure if hydrodgenated coconut oil contains trans fat like hydrogenated vegetable oils, but I don't care to find out. Hydrogenated anything is man-made and will not be as good as what God created. What about dipotassium phosphate and mono- and diglycerides? In my searching, I ran across this blog - CrossFit KoP Nutrition. I love that the author compars three real foods with three fake foods (one being a so-called healthy Boca Burger). Check it out --she does an excellent job of breaking down why we don't want to eat all these weird ingredients (and includes dipotassium phosphate and mono-and diglycerides).
My big reason for passing on the packaged food? Homemade tastes better, hands down, every time!
So, next time you're in the mood for a nice hot cup of cocoa, try this super-easy recipe.
Makes 1 cup (can be doubled, tripled, quadrupled, etc.)
1 cup milk (I like half and half)
1 tablespoon cocoa
1 tablespoon sugar (feel free to try alternative sweeteners, like honey, maple syrup, stevia, etc. For a real treat, try 2 tablespoons of a coffee syrup, like hazelnut--mmm!)
Combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan. Heat on medium heat, stirring (I whisk) frequently, until simmering (don't let it boil). You may notice that the cocoa doesn't dissolve easily in the milk. Just give it time, as the milk heats up, the cocoa will mix in.
How easy is that?!?
There are lots of variations. My latest has been to add a tiny bit of mint extract and garnish with a candy cane. Enjoy!