Speed your re­cov­ery from win­ter runs with an in­dul­gent yet nu­tri­tious treat

Runner's World (UK) - - Warm ups/ fuel -

Cap­saicin, the ‘hot’ sub­stance in chilli is a nat­u­ral painkiller. It also clears mu­cus from the air­ways.

A study1 found 40g of dark choco­late a day for two weeks re­duced oxy­gen con­sump­tion in en­durance ex­er­cise, boost­ing per­for­mance.

Serves 2

*Per serv­ing

This win­ter warmer was de­vised by Jens Knoop, a hot choco­late con­nois­seur with a café in Rye, East Sus­sex, that’s de­voted to the drink. ‘Dark choco­late has many health ben­e­fits,’ says Knoop. ‘It’s rich in an­tiox­i­dants and min­er­als and it con­tains theo­bromine, which boosts alert­ness and mood.’ He rec­om­mends us­ing full-fat milk, as ‘it seems to carry the flavours bet­ter and adds ex­tra smooth­ness to high-co­coa-per­cent­age choco­lates.’ Re­cent re­search found that con­sump­tion of full-fat dairy prod­ucts was associated with an eight per cent lower risk of be­ing over­weight, too. ‘Try com­bin­ing a fra­grant in­gre­di­ent with a non-fra­grant one – like chilli with cin­na­mon – for a bal­anced flavour,’ says Knoop. Vanilla is used to give sweet­ness with­out adding sugar.

IN­GRE­DI­ENTS 300ml whole milk (ide­ally frothed) 85g dark choco­late (70 per cent co­coa or higher) ½ tsp Mada­gas­can vanilla paste (try Lit­tle Pod nat­u­ral vanilla paste, £9.49, healthy sup­ or the seeds from a vanilla pod 1 pinch chilli pow­der ¼ tsp cin­na­mon Zest of 1/8 orange 1/8 tsp sea salt (op­tional)

METHOD Turn the choco­late into shav­ings us­ing a grater. Place in a jug and mix with the vanilla paste or seeds, chilli cin­na­mon, orange zest and salt, if us­ing. Add 300ml of hot (not boil­ing) frothed milk and stir un­til dis­solved. Serve with a sprin­kle of orange zest or cin­na­mon for ex­tra aroma.

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