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Chocolate Fridays

by Maria on August 27, 2010 

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On a recent Friday morning I found myself about to say to my 2 year old son, “No, you can’t have chocolate graham bunnies for breakfast.” It was a usual exchange between us, as my 2 year old has entered that age where he is always testing me. But on this Friday it occurred to me, why not serve up something fun and chocolaty to start the days on Fridays. So instead of my usual no, I replied with a “Sure, you can have chocolate bunnies for breakfast, it’s Friday!”

And so chocolate Fridays were born. We now start our Friday mornings with something chocolate—usually a cup of hot cocoa, but sometimes I will make chocolate chip pancakes or let them choose another favorite chocolate treat. Needless to say, starting the day off with chocolate makes everyone happy. I don’t know what they like best about it, the taste or the fact that Mamma is actually letting them eat chocolate for breakfast.   

This is not to say we don’t eat chocolate on other days—because we do, we are a family of chocolate lovers. But we try to keep the portions reasonable and treat it as a dessert.  My favorite is dark chocolate; every now and then I just need a little square of it.  And when it comes to chocolate and health, dark chocolate is the way to go. Chocolate contains flavanol, an antioxidant-rich flavanoid compound that occurs naturally in the cocoa bean. But not all chocolate is a good source of flavanols, the more processed a chocolate is, the less flavanols it contains. It can be hard to know how much a chocolate bar has been processed, but dark chocolate seems to contain a higher concentration of flavanols than milk chocolate, and is also the way to go when it comes to minimizing the fat and sugar that come with the chocolate. For cocoa powder, look for cocoa that has not been Dutch processed.

So treat yourself to some chocolate this Friday. If it’s not too hot already where you live, try this recipe for hot cocoa, it’s the favorite of my two boys. If something cooler is in order, why not try some organic low-fat chocolate milk, and if something with more caffeine is in order an iced cocoa-coffee beverage could make for a fun Friday treat. Enjoy!

Hot Cocoa Recipe:

2 servings

4 teaspoons cocoa powder

4 teaspoons sugar

1 ½ cups low-fat milk

Whipped cream or marshmallows (optional)

 

  1. Mix cocoa and sugar in a small sauce pan. Add a little bit of the cold milk and mix.
  2. Add the rest of the milk and slowly heat over low-medium heat until warm (do not boil).
  3. Top with whipped cream or marshmallows if desired.

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