This post is sponsored by HERSHEY’S® Moderation Nation.


As much as I love the holidays, it can sometimes be a hectic time of year with houseguests keeping me busy and parties tempting me with lots of rich food, drinks and desserts.  Instead of feeling overwhelmed by the craziness of the season, I am pledging to live the good life this holiday by doing little things that help me find happiness and balance throughout my life – in what I eat, in what I do, and everything in between.


My Good Life Holiday involves spending time with friends and family! To bring everyone together, I always enjoy hosting at least one get together or party for friends and family. One of the easiest and most fun holiday parties I host is a Hot Cocoa Party. I make homemade hot cocoa on the stovetop using the recipe below and ask each guest or couple to bring yummy treats like homemade marshmallows, YORK Peppermint Patties, chocolate dipped pretzels and crushed REESE’S Peanut Butter Cups to top the cups of hot cocoa.


My favorite part of the party? Preparations are so easy that I am able to focus on my guests and really celebrate, since I’m not tied up in the kitchen!


This holiday season I’m working with HERSHEY’S Moderation Nation, a go-to source for balanced lifestyle tips, as their Cooking GOOD LIFE GURU to help share seasonal recipes that are easy to make and sure to be a hit with the entire family, so that you can celebrate a Good Life Holiday too! You can find my holiday-themed recipes for Turkey Cake Pops, Maple Brownie Cream Shots and Pumpkin Pecan Pie-in-a-Jar at


HERSHEY’S Moderation Nation is also spreading the joy this season with a Good Life Holiday Pinterest Contest where participants will have chance to win a relaxing weekend getaway to the Hershey Spa in the New Year!  Share all the ways you’re planning to live a Good Life Holiday by pinning your own “window display” of pictures, recipes and articles. Check out the contest rules on the HERSHEY’S Moderation Nation website.



What are your favorite perfect portioned holiday recipes to share with family and friends?


HERSHEY’S Hot Cocoa Beverage

Recipe courtesy of Hershey Center for Health & Nutrition


  • 2 Tbsp. HERSHEY’S Cocoa
  • Dash salt
  • 1 cup nonfat milk
  • ¼ tsp. vanilla extract
  • Sugar or sugar substitute for desired sweetness
  • Optional Toppings:
    • Crushed YORK Peppermint Patties
    • Marshmallows
    • Chocolate Dipped Pretzels
    • Crushed REESE’S Peanut Butter Cups



  • Mix cocoa and salt in large mug.
  • Heat nonfat milk in microwavable container at HIGH (100%) for 1-1/2 minutes or until hot.
  • Gradually add hot milk to cocoa mixture in mug, stirring until well blended.
  • Stir in vanilla and sugar substitute to taste.

Makes 1 cup (8 oz.)

NUTRITION INFORMATION (per serving using sugar substitute; does not include toppings): Calories 140, Total Fat 1g, Sat Fat 0g, Cholesterol 5mg, Sodium 140mg, Total Carbohydrate 20g, Fiber 2g, Sugars 13g, Protein 11g, Vitamin A 10%DV, Vitamin C 2%DV, Calcium 25%DV, Iron 8%DV.



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2 Responses to “My Good Life Holiday”

  1. William says:

    Thank you for tne nutrition information on this post. !

  2. William says:

    Thanks for the nutritional information.

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