Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Celebrating National Hot Chocolate Day with a Premier Protein Giveaway

I am a 2017 Premier Protein Ambassador. Premier Protein has provided the prize in this giveaway. All opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links.

Happy National Hot Chocolate Day! I love these made-up holidays, not only do they provide an endless amount of blog content to add to my editorial calendar, they are a fun way to connect on social media. I even made up my own holiday once or twice with National Hug a Blogger Day and National Run with Your Dog Day.

I am a 2017 Premier Protein ambassador so when I saw that Premier Protein had a delicious hot chocolate recipe, I wanted to share it with you it to celebrate this holiday! Premier Protein is generously offering my readers a chance to win a 4-pack of chocolate shakes so you can try it for yourself.

In our kitchen at work they have an assortment of coffee, tea and hot chocolate packs. I was having a chocolate craving one afternoon and felt tempted to drink a cup of hot chocolate made from the packet. I am mindful of the foods that I eat and I try to make healthful choices most of the time, but that is not to say I don't enjoy a treat when the cravings strike. I am a big believer in balance. One indulgence will never hurt my progress as long as most of the time I make better choices.

I turned over the hot chocolate packet to take a look at the nutritional content. The calories, fat and carbs did not phase me but when I read the ingredients on the package, I immediately put it away. The first ingredient (the largest ingredient comes first) was corn syrup and it went downhill from there. While I know that consuming a couple hundred of less-than-nutritious calories will not make any difference, it just became unappealing to me. Yuck.

I was thrilled to try out this recipe from Premier Protein because it is a healthier protein-rich version of the hot chocolate I was craving. With 160 calories and 30 grams of protein it is a much healthier treat than those hot chocolate packets from my office. I made mine a little differently than the recipe because I didn't have half and half, so I just used 2% milk. It turned out amazing.

1 Premier Protein chocolate shake
1/4 cup of 2% milk
1 teaspoon of cocoa powder
1 tablespoon of natural peanut butter

I heated the shake, milk and powder in the microwave for one minute until it was warm, then I added the peanut butter and stirred until it was melted and blended.

If you want to save some calories and fat from the peanut butter another option would be to use a (affiliate link) peanut butter powder like this one instead of whole peanut butter.

I invite you to enter the giveaway to win a 4-pack of chocolate protein shakes. You can choose one of the entry options listed below or do them all for the best chance of winning.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Contest runs 1/31/17 - 2/7/17
No purchase necessary
Open to US residents 18 years of age or older
Must have a shipping address in the US
Winner will notified via email and will have three business days to claim prize
If original winner does not claim prize within three business days an alternate winner will be selected
Winner will be drawn randomly from all registered contestants in the US
Prize will ship within 30 days on contest end from Fort Worth, TX

Ollie says good luck but his eyes say "are you really making me do this?"

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  1. Mmmm...love hot chocolate when I'm having a chocolate craving.

  2. I love hot chocolate, great to have a low sugar, healthy, high-protein option! I will definitely be trying this after a workout!

  3. I love these shakes but never thought to heat one up to make hot chocolate- what a great idea. I'm going to try your recipe after my next cold run.

  4. I love Premier Protein shakes, especially after long runs. Never thought of using them as hot chocolate. Thanks for the idea and the chance.

  5. This sounds great! So much better than the packets filled with junk. :-)

  6. Thanks for the giveaway! I love hot chocolate :)


  7. love these shakes and what a great way to make even yummier


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