Chocolate and cocoa are naturally rich in antioxidants called flavanols. Be sure to look for the “dutch” processed cocoa and avoid milk chocolate. Chocolate has been reported to lower LDL (bad cholesterol), promote healthy blood flow, and may even lower your blood pressure, which is essential this time of year. Chocolate also boosts natural levels of serotonin, the feel-good neurotransmitter. Just remember that chocolate does contain both calories and fat so consume it sparingly.
Treat yourself and your guests with this delicious “spiked” hot chocolate. Start with Peppermint Stick Hot Chocolate (which on its own is delicious and kid-friendly). Add in mint liqueur, such as peppermint schnapps or crème de menthe for the adults.