Baby, it’s cold outside. And when the temperature starts dropping, don’t pick up that fatty hot chocolate to warm you up. Instead, reach for these 7 healthy hot drinks to keep you warm this winter.
Love it or hate it, it looks like the cold weather is here to stay. And after struggling through freezing temperatures, we all deserve to come home to a warm mug of something good. Whether you are just waking up, staying in for the day, or heading off to bed, wrapping your hands around a cozy winter drink always manages to feel like you’re treating yourself to something special. (Yet without the guilt!)
The next time you’ve got a craving for something drenched in caramel, whip up one of these seven healthy hot beverages instead:
1. Healthy Hot Chocolate
This recipe still uses some sugar, but if you’re craving chocolate, it’s a far better option than those chemical-heavy, store-bought packets. This recipe uses just four ingredients: natural cocoa powder, vanilla extract, sugar, and milk of your choice. You can find a great recipe, courtesy of the Chic Life.
2. Cinnamon Spiced Apple Tea
Homemade sweet and spicy cinnamon apple tea is a great way to chase away the chill. Best of all you need just a handful of ingredients to make it yourself. You can find the recipe from Gourmande in the Kitchen.
3. Herbal “Coffee”
With no caffeine and an impressive ingredient list, including things like dandelion, chickory, burdock, and beetroot, this delicious concoction has a pleasant-but-bold taste that blows coffee out of the water.
4. Healthy Pumpkin-Spiced Latte
Enjoy this healthy take of a Pumpkin Spiced Latte without any of the sugar and dairy. Blended with pumpkin puree and topped with coconut whipped cream, this healthy drink tastes just like the real thing. A great recipe can be found on The Colorful Kitchen.
5. Starbucks Matcha Green Tea Latte
Let’s face it: We’ll all end up at Starbucks once in a while, but don’t feel tempted to order that Chocolate Mocha. Especially not when the Matcha Green Tea Latte is on the menu. This crowd-favorite is one of the healthiest drinks in Starbucks. A short-sized cup of the Matcha Green Tea Latte without altering anything only has 110 calories.
6. Caraway Tea
Have you heard of Caraway Tea? The Caraway seed is an ancient remedy for digestive problems, bronchitis, and even colic. Warm tea itself tends to help digestion, but caraway seeds boost the benefits. Plus, it tastes great! Find the recipe over at Fresh Bites Daily.
7. Healthy Egg Nog
What? Can healthy egg nog really be a thing? A special thank you to Snack Girl for sharing this tasty and calorie-cutting recipe. My only suggestion is to hold the alcohol, but it’s your choice.
One More Thing
Did any of these healthy hot drinks work for you? Was there one that I missed? I’d love to hear your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, be sure to subscribe to the Heart & Soul Blog Newsletter to receive more great tips straight to your inbox each week. If you’re looking for more great drink ideas, please check out Smoothie Meals for Healthy Living.