The Aztec people, native to central Mexico in the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries, were the first to serve chocolate as a drink. They mixed it with hot chilli pepper to give it a kick. This version contains cayenne pepper, known to stimulate your metabolism and reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol. See, chocolate can be good for you!

Serves 2 x 1 cup II Prep time: 5 minutes II Cooking time: 3 to 5 minutes

  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup low fat milk
  • 1 cup freshly brewed strong coffee or espresso (can be decaf)
  • 2 tbsp honey or agave nectar
  • Cinnamon sticks to garnish

In a heavy bottomed saucepan,whisk together cocoa powder, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and milk until thoroughly combined. Set burner to medium-high heat, and add coffee and honey. Heat, whisking frequentl, until hot and frothy. Do not let mixture boil. Immediately remove from heat and pour into mugs. Serve garnished with whole cinnamon sticks.

Nutritional value per serving:

  • Calories: 152
  • Calories from fat: 25
  • Protein: 7 g
  • Carbs: 30 g
  • Total fat: 4 g
  • Saturated fat: 1 g
  • Trans fat: 0 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Sodium: 50 mg
  • Cholesterol 5 mg

– from the cookbook, “The Eat-Clean Diet Cookbook 2,” by Tosca Reno, with Kierstin Buchner.

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