Creamy Almond Milk Hot Chocolate

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As a kid, my sisters and I loved drinking hot chocolate on snow days. We always had those convenient, white packets with the little marshmallows in them. So out of curiosity, I recently looked at the ingredients of these popular hot chocolate packets. Although I  wish I could say  I was completely shocked, sadly I wasn’t surprised.

Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate – Ingredients:

Sugar, Marshmallows (Sugar, Corn Syrup, Modified Corn Starch, Gelatin, Artificial Flavor), Modified Whey, Corn Syrup, Cocoa (Processed with Alkali), Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Less than 2% of: Nonfat Dry Milk, Salt, Dipotassium Phosphate, Carrageenan, Artificial Flavor.

Since making the switch to almond and coconut milk a few years back, I was determined to make a hot chocolate  that was just has creamy and delicious as regular hot chocolate using REAL food ingredients.  This  simple recipe is dairy free, soy free, and also free of refined sugars, emulsifiers, and artificial flavors.

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The Farmer’s Market

                                               “Know your farmer, know your food.”

There’s no better place to buy fresh fruits and veggies than a local farmer’s market, especially during the summer. The flavor of locally grown, fresh fruits and vegetables cannot be compared to those found in most supermarkets. In addition to the freshness and quality of the produce, you’re also supporting small farmers who must compete with the industrial scale agricultural. Most farmer’s markets in the northeast run May through October when most produce is in season.  In season produce not only offers the best flavor, but the best value as well!  I’ve listed below some of the most popular seasonal summer fruits and vegetables. Head to your local farmer’s market to enjoy some of the freshest and tastiest produce around!

image4image7Apricots 
Blueberries
Blackberries
Cantaloupe
Cherries
Figs
Nectarines                           
Peaches
Plums
Raspberries
Strawberries  
Watermelon       

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Asparagus599605855768453983_n    Beets 
Broccoli
Carrots
Cucumbers
Green beans
Kale
Peas
Radishes
Spinach
Tomato
Zucchini