Snow has been flurrying this morning, draping the house and yard in festive white-- which makes me feel like it really is December!!! But [here comes a first world problem] my protein smoothie is too cold to enjoy in the freezing weather. You know the problem. Hot at the gym. Drive home in a freezing car (my heater doesn't like to work in the winter...). Run inside and finally get warm only to drink a frozen shake and feel chilled again.
What I really wanted today after my chilly drive home was some hot cocoa. But I needed some protein to compensate for the weight lifting I did today. Solution: Turn my vanilla protein powder into Hot Cocoa. It was pretty darn good too for only 15 grams of carbohydrates and no sugar added.
Mint Chocolate Protein Cocoa
1 cup warm milk
(I microwaved mine for
1 minute 30 seconds on high)
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/8 tsp peppermint extract
Mix together the vanilla protein powder and the unsweetened cocoa powder in a small bowl. Smooth out any cocoa chunks. Stir into hot milk. Add Peppermint extract for a touch of minty cheer.