Health Tip: Sip on a Lighter Version of Hot Chocolate

(HealthDay News) — Hot chocolate is a comforting treat to help warm you up during the chilly winter months. But it may be loaded with sugar, fat and calories.

The American Heart Association offers these lighter suggestions:

  • Skip the whipped cream and ask the restaurant to make the hot chocolate with low-fat or fat-free milk.
  • If making it at home, shop for packets that are labeled low in sugar or fat, and mix with skim milk or hot water.
  • Watch your toppings. Skip large marshmallows and sprinkle on just five to eight mini marshmallows. If you really want whipped cream, opt for a low-fat version, adding less than a tablespoon.