Guilt Free Hot Chocolate for Kids

by Jennifer Boudreau on December 4, 2014

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Guilt Free Hot Chocolate www.gofitmom.comSo last Friday was the big day; we bought our Christmas tree and decorated our house. It’s one of my favorite days of the year because it is a day dedicated completely to our own little family. It’s the day our elf on the shelf, Fifi, arrives and it’s the first day of the season where we watch a family favorite…Polar Express! This annual tradition would not be the same without some hot chocolate though!

Ok, it’s not truly guilt free hot chocolate, but close enough.

Here’s why….

The hot chocolate I make our kids is not loaded with the following, which are commonly found in other brands:

  • Chemicals (to increase shelf life)
  • Food coloring (known to increase hyper activity in kids and links to cancer)
  • Artificial sweeteners (links to cancer)
  • Carrageenan (known to cause gut irritation and links to gastrointestinal disease, although research is inconclusive).

Have you ever looked at the ingredient list on some of the hot chocolates out there? I can’t pronounce most of the ingredients and I’ve seen up to FOUR forms of food coloring in the marshmallows!

Did you know that even WHITE marshmallows have food coloring? That’s so weird to me….

I despise food coloring and avoid it at all costs, unless it’s a special celebration like a birthday party. Other than that, I keep it out of the house. With that being said, I was on the hunt for a food coloring free marshmallow and found these marshmallows at Earth Fare.

Guilt Free Hot Chocolate www.gofitmom.com

Still not a health food, but better than most of the other options out there!

As far as the hot chocolate itself, I found this this organic hot chocolate at Earth Fare…

Guilt Free Hot Chocolate www.gofitmom.com

It’s certified organic, fairly traded and small farmer grown.  PLUS, it’s not loaded with chemicals and I can pronounce everything in the ingredient list. No guilt in giving it to my kids.

When I make this guilt free hot chocolate, I give each kiddo one tablespoon rather than the suggested two, just to cut back on the sugar. They’re getting plenty in the marshmallows. I mix with unsweetened cashew or almond milk. Much more tasty than water!

Guilt Free Hot Chocolate www.gofitmom.com

So, while the temperature is dropping (which, it’s dropping quickly here in Indiana) you can enjoy a somewhat guilt free cup of hot chocolate with your family!

Guilt Free Hot Chocolate www.gofitmom.com

What is your favorite brand of guilt free hot chocolate?

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Mary-Barbara Marti December 4, 2014 at 10:08 pm

1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa, 3 teaspoons sugar, 1 cup of milk

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Jennifer Boudreau December 5, 2014 at 4:40 am

Thanks Mary-Barbara! I’ll have to try your recipe. My husband used to make me hot cocoa from scratch, but it would always give me a migraine. Maybe we were using too much cocoa.

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