When your schedule gets chaotic, sipping hot cocoa can help you stay calm, thanks to the drink’s rich stores of magnesium. Research has shown that consuming ample amounts of this mineral can dial down the adrenal glands' output of cortisol, reducing surges of this stress hormone by 51 percent. This, in turn, dramatically decreases the body’s impulse to overeat and accumulate fat around the midsection. The result: a happier, thinner you!
Here's our relaxing recipe:
1 cup *milk *
1/4 cup semisweet or dark** chocolate chips **
1/4 tsp. chai spice blend
1 cinnamon stick
In 2-cup microwave-safe liquid measuring cup, microwave all ingredients 2 min. or until hot and chocolate is melted; stir until smooth. Garnish with whipped cream and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon, if desired.
*Makes: *1 serving
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