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Healthier Hot Drinks for Cooler Weather

By Ali Struhs
November 19, 2014

The onset of cooler weather and falling leaves may have you craving a warm drink in your favorite mug or from your local coffee shop. But how can you indulge in the season’s delicious drinks without sabotaging your diet? Make these simple healthy recipes that have less sugar, calories, and fat.

Give hot tea a try
Making yourself a cup of hot tea is a quick and easy way to warm up during the cooler weather. Skip heavy, fattening lattes and keep it simple by steeping tea in hot water. Pair with a Jenny Craig Barscotti with Cranberries and Almonds for a satisfying breakfast. From green tea to classic earl grey or chai, choose a tea that suits both your health needs and your taste!

Make your own flavored latte
Instead of stopping at a coffee shop for a sugar-laden flavored latte, make your own flavored latte at home. For a homemade pumpkin latte, simply use canned pureed pumpkin to flavor this fall classic. Add pumpkin, vanilla, nutmeg, and espresso to steamed nonfat or unsweetened almond milk and stir.

Lighten up your hot chocolate
While a mug full of chocolatey, creamy hot chocolate that is topped with a mountain of whipped cream or marshmallows may be tempting, stick to using an instant hot chocolate packet that is lower in sugar and made with water or nonfat milk. Limit your cocoa concoction to just a couple of mini marshmallows and skip the heavy whipped cream. If the hot cocoa is lacking flavor, spice it up with a dash of cinnamon, stir with a candy cane, or add a couple shots of espresso for a mocha!

Lower the sugar in apple cider
Often instant apple cider packets or apple juices are loaded with sugar. You can make a healthier apple cider alternative by juicing your own apples and creating your own cider in your kitchen. Using a juicer, juice about four to six apples. Then, in a medium saucepan bring the apple juice and your favorite autumn spices, like cardamom, cinnamon, fresh ginger, and cloves, to a boil. There is no need to add any extra sugar if you use sweet Gala apples. For a zing, add lemon zest and orange peels and serve. Be sure to share with a friend or family member!

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