Sipping a piping-hot mug of this beverage can help speed your New Year’s slimdown. Credit goes to cocoa powder, which contains a stimulant (theobromine) that activates the body’s calorie-burning process. The payoff: Researchers at the University of California at San Diego found that adults who ate chocolate 5 times a week weighed 5 to 7 pounds less than those who rarely indulged—even though the chocolate lovers consumed more calories overall. And adding cinnamon can curb appetite-stimulating blood-sugar swings, while the capsaicin in cayenne boosts metabolism and burns belly fat. Cheers!
Here’s the delectable recipe:
1 cup almond or 2% *milk *
1/4 cup semisweet or dark *chocolate chips *
1/4 tsp. *almond extract *
Pinch of cayenne
1 *cinnamon stick *
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