Instead of just your garden-variety cocoa, this comforting drink mix is boosted with calcium (from the nonfat milk powder) and high-quality protein from the soy protein powder (which you can buy at health-food stores and many supermarkets).
Makes 2 cups of mix
¾ cup nonfat dry milk powder
½ cup unflavored soy protein powder
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
⅓ cup sugar
In a large bowl or in a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the milk powder, soy protein powder, cocoa powder and sugar, and stir or shake well to combine. Store in the refrigerator.
Nutrition per ¼ cup mix (milk not included): 103 calories, 0.7g total fat (0.4g saturated), 0mg cholesterol, 2g dietary fiber, 17g carbohydrate, 12g protein, 114mg sodium.
Good source of: calcium, magnesium, potassium, riboflavin, vitamin B12, vitamin E.
For one serving: Spoon ¼ cup of the cocoa mix into a large mug. Add ¾ cup of hot milk and stir until well combined. The amount of fat and calories in the hot cocoa will depend on what type of milk you use, ranging from 167 calories and 1.1 grams of fat for fat-free (skim) milk, to 215 calories and 6.7 grams of fat for whole milk.
Cocoa: a different spin
Powerhouse Mocha: Follow the directions above, and add 8 teaspoons of instant espresso powder along with the other mix ingredients.
From The Wellness Kitchen, by the staff of The Wellness Kitchen and the editors of the University of California, Berkeley Wellness Letter.