As dark chilly days descend upon us, what could be more soothing than a steaming hot mug to gratefully wrap frozen fingers around for warmth and comfort?
These sweet steamy brews are deliciously decadent while free of sugar and unhealthy ingredients and very low in fat and calories. Let them be your perfect evening couch companion, drawing renewed warmth, energy and calm from each sip as you wind down from another cold wintry day.
Hot Maple Mexicocoa
1 cups milk or non-dairy milk (almond milk, coconut milk, etc.)
2 Tbsp (heaping) unsweetened cocoa powder
½ Tbsp pure maple syrup
½ Tbsp unsulphured blackstrap molasses
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (or to taste, or omit)
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp pure vanilla extract (optional)
Cinnamon sticks, for garnish
Gently heat the milk up in a saucepan. Stir in the other ingredients, and continue stirring often until everything is dissolved. Pour into mugs, garnish with a cinnamon stick.
Nutrition Facts: 159 total calories/2g total fat (1g saturated fat)/31g total carbs (4g dietary fiber)/10g protein
Metabolism-Boosting Chocolate Chai Tea
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Warm Mulled Apple Cider
3 whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks (plus extra for garnish)
2 whole cardamom pods
1 whole star anise
½ inch piece fresh ginger, peeled
½ fresh orange, thinly sliced
½ tsp fresh orange zest
Place all ingredients (except the orange slices) into a saucepan. Cover and gently heat it through for about 20 minutes (don’t let it come to a boil).
In the last five minutes, add in the orange slices.
Pour into mugs over a small strainer (to remove the pieces of fruit and spices). Place one cinnamon stick into each mug, and serve warm.
Nutrition Facts per cup: 32 total calories/0g total fat/8g total carbs/0g protein
High-Protein Hot Chocolate
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Merry Berry Goji Tea
2 cups water
¼ cup fresh or frozen whole cranberries
Juice and zest of 1 small lemon
½ inch piece ginger, peeled and grated
1 Tbsp dried goji berries
1 cinnamon stick
1 rooibos tea bags
1 tsp raw local honey, or to taste
Optional: fresh lemon slices and cinnamon sticks, for garnish
Place the first six ingredients into a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Then lower to a simmer and continue simmering for about 20 minutes. Shut off the heat, immediately add in the rooibos tea bags and allow them to steep for five more minutes. Then discard the tea bags.
Strain the tea by pouring it through a coffee filter or fine wire mesh into a teapot or directly over mugs. Into each mug, stir in honey or maple syrup to taste, drop in one lemon slice and one cinnamon stick and serve.
Nutrition Facts per cup: 26 total calories/0g total fat/7g total carbs (1g dietary fiber)/0g protein