Back to School Checklist

As the kids enjoy their remaining time off, you can avoid back-to-school madness by mobilizing now. Here, our Facebook fans share a peek at their late-summer checklists.

See More
/content/bhg/health-family/weight-loss/12-ways-to-boost-your-metabolism

Get Involved in Your Child's Education

Getting involved in your children's education is a proven way to improve their school performance -- here's how.

See More

Which Type of Doctor’s Office Should You Visit?

Whether you've sprained an ankle on vacation or just don't want to wait three weeks for a doctor's appointment, you now have more health care options than ever. A variety of clinics, offering a wide range of services from stitches to wellness exams, are popping up in neighborhoods near you.

See More

Your Top Health Insurance Challenges–Solved!

Trying to understand health insurance, knowing how to appeal a health insurance claim, and trying to organize insurance paperwork is tough. In fact, we surveyed over 1,000 women who told us just how difficult it is to understand health insurance. We culled your biggest challenges and got advice from leading health insurance experts.

See More

10 Habits for a Healthy Life

Seems like a new study comes out everyday telling us what to eat, drink do -- it's enough to make your head spin. Deep breaths. Here's what experts say has true staying power, and how to easily follow their insights.

See More

12 Free and Fun Family Activities

Get ready for summer fun on the cheap with these 12 deals and steals for the family.

See More

Improve Your Home's Air Quality

You know that air pollution is bad for the planet. But what's happening to the air inside your home?

See More
Popular in Health & Family

Boost Health with Hot Cocoa

Winter wouldn't be the same without a spoonful of chocolaty goodness in your cup. Stir up some health perks with our expert insights.

Despite its decadent-sounding name, pure cocoa powder—made by roasting and grinding the bean of the cacao plant—contains no sugar and is low in fat. In addition to drinking it in hot cocoa (more on that below), try dusting the powder on fresh fruit, oatmeal, or yogurt for a yummy kick that can help control sugar cravings.

Sweet Dreams: Relax: Enjoying a mug of hot cocoa after dinner probably won't leave you tossing and turning. A 2-Tbsp. serving of cocoa powder contains 25 mg of caffeine—about half what you'd sip in a cup of black tea (and a sixth of the jolt you'd get from coffee).

Don't Miss a Beat: Cocoa powder is a great source of flavanols, the same heart-healthy antioxidants found in berries and red wine. Here's how to maximize your dose:

  • Opt for Natural. Many brands of cocoa powder are treated with alkali to neutralize acid, a technique known as the Dutch process. But that mellower taste means fewer antioxidants. Choose non-Dutch-processed cocoa, often sold as "natural," which has a stronger and slightly more bitter flavor. (But avoid substitutions when baking.)
  • Mix it with soy or almond milk. Research suggests that proteins in cow's milk can reduce the body's absorption of flavanols. Consider making hot cocoa with water or a nondairy milk alternative, particularly if you're using Dutch-processed powder.

Fresh Factor:That half-empty can that's been in your cupboard since last winter? Go ahead and finish it. When stored at room temperature in an airtight, opaque container, cocoa powder maintains its taste and antioxidant levels for at least a year.

Avoid Sugar-Overload: Heaps of sugar turn hot cocoa into a calorie bomb. Instead, try adding just a pinch to your cup with ¼ tsp. of pure vanilla extract to kick up flavor. Or swizzle briefly with a peppermint stick.

Fabulous Fiber: A 2-Tbsp. scoop of cocoa powder delivers 4 g of fiber—roughly the amount in a serving of oatmeal!

close
close
close
close
close

Loading... Please wait...