Delete where appropriate:
a. It's dark come 4pm
b. Christmas Markets are popping up left, right and centre
c. Come dinner time, your house is so cold your find yourself warming your hands on the oven just for a little heat.
There's only one thing for it (apart from layers, mittens and lots of blankets): hot chocolate.
But-as much as WH hates to be the bearer of sad news-the average 225g mug of Cadbury's instant make-at-home hot choc contains 17g of sugar. That's four teaspoons, or 19% of your daily recommended intake, and without any additional sugar from the milk you make it with. Plus, the powder contains additives-not ideal.
Introducing this season's win: healthy hot chocolate.
Health conscious hot choc lovers, you'll be intrigued to hear the wellness geeks at Healthspan have launched protein hot chocolate. This new bedtime drink delivers your warming PM chocolate fix, but also a daily dose of your macros, vits and minerals, too.
Introducing the new healthy hot chocolate to try
Healthspan's '40 Winks Protein' offers:
18g slow release casein protein
Vitamin B6 and B3
Which, translated, means a healthy dose of recovery-enhancing protein, 'happy hormone' serotonin, normal cognitive enhancing vitamins and minerals plus a delicious chocolate drink. Win, win.
Plus, it comes in portion size friendly sachets.
Whilst it's not a replacement for the naturally occurring proteins from your food, it could be a nice sweet addition to a healthy, balanced diet. Enjoy 20 minutes before sleep for best results.
Why before bed? Well, milk contains two types of proteins: whey and casein. Whey is 20% of the milk protein, while casein is 80%. The former takes longer to digest so it's thought if you take this before nodding off your body can keep recovering from muscle breakdown while you sleep. Plus, magnesium can contribute to less stress and better sleep.
To make, simply add hot water or milk and stir.
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