RealAge skin expert, Dr. Amy Wechsler, has a recipe for hot chocolate that can make your skin glow. Well, bring it on Dr. Amy!
With cooler temperatures approaching, what could be better than a cup of Cocoa. (See, I’ve already given up on the green tea, in favor of something that actually tastes heavenly!) All I can think about is Mother warning my 12-year old self that chocolate causes pimples! I hate to think about all those wasted years of depriving myself of the food group I love most!
Dark Is Key
In one study, just 6 weeks of a daily dose of cocoa made skin smoother, better hydrated, and less sun sensitive. And 12 weeks did even more. All thanks to the skin-boosting antioxidants in cocoa, called flavonols. But it’s got to be dark chocolate, according to Wechsler.
I’m starting my “chocolate therapy” today so I should be absolutely radiant by Thankskgiving and drop dead gorgeous by Christmas.
Dr. Amy warns: “Skip cocoa mixes, which don’t have the same flavonol levels, and go for the real thing: dark, unadulterated cacao powder that contains 70 percent or more cacao,” she writes in her new book, The Mind-Beauty Connection. Here’s her to-die-for recipe (actually, it’s her husband Harry’s!):
Harry’s Super Simple, Healthy Hot Cocoa
The secret to this easy recipe? Heat it slowly. Slow heat helps release the antioxidants.
1 1/2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder with 70% or more cacao (such as Ghirardelli unsweetened cocoa)
2 teaspoons sugar
Pinch of salt
1 cup skim or low-fat milk
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and heat gently (do not let it boil), stirring frequently, until cocoa is just beginning to steam. Pour into a mug and enjoy.
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