Can a Healthy Person Have Hot Chocolate?

Dr. Oz has the answer.

Q: Hot chocolate: Can a healthy person have some?

Oz Says: Yes, you can! Both chocolate and milk come with perks: The dark stuff has antioxidants and may lower blood pressure and bad cholesterol; fortified dairy's got protein, vitamin D, and calcium. Mix them for a post-exercise recovery drink (balancing carbs and protein) and a great way to warm up after a winter walk. But please, make it yourself to know what's in the cup.

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How to Cut Calories

Use natural, unsweetened cocoa powder — 2 tablespoons have 24 calories. Add it to 1 cup of milk (2 percent has 122 calories; unsweetened nut milks have less) with 1/2 teaspoon of sweetener and it's still a low-cal treat.

Want to Indulge?

Use 1/2 ounce of dark chocolate (about two squares) with at least 70 percent cacao. Warm it up with milk and a bit of sweetener over medium-low heat, stirring often, until melted.

This story originally appeared in the December 2016 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.

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