Are you looking for a healthier morning drink option or to mix it up a bit from your regular coffee or tea?
Well, if you are trying to have a healthier year, then you might want to try out some of these options. If you are someone that likes to hit your local coffee shop each morning, then you might be surprised how many empty calories you are adding to your day.
Or even if you make your own coffee at home, do you use a lot of sugar and calorie-packed coffee creamers in the process?
Hot Drinks to Keep You Warm this Winter
Save money—and calories—while indulging with these healthy hot drinks. You’ll never have to stop at a coffee shop again!
Lemon Thyme Green Tea
2 qt water
8 individual green tea bags
12 fresh lemon thyme sprigs or 8 fresh thyme sprigs plus 1/2 tsp grated lemon zest
Using a citrus zester, remove peels from oranges and lemon in long narrow strips. (Save fruit for another use.) Place the peel strips, cardamom, and cloves in a large bowl. With the end of a wooden spoon handle, crush the mixture until aromas are released.
Add tea leaves and boiling water. Cover and steep for 6 minutes. Strain tea, discarding peel mixture. Serve immediately with maple syrup and lemon slices if desired.
optional: orange slices and additional cinnamon sticks
In a 3 qt slow cooker, combine the apple cider, water, orange juice concentrate, nutmeg, and maple glaze. Place cloves and cinnamon sticks on a double thickness of cheesecloth; bring up corners of cloth and tie with string to form a bag. Place the bag in a slow cooker.
Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until heated through. Remove and discard the spice bag. Garnish with orange slices and additional cinnamon sticks if desired.
Thai Chai Latte Recipe
1 chai tea bag or 1 tbsp loose leaf tea (rooibos chai or black chai)
Blend ingredients together until frothy and enjoy!
Tip: Blending hot drinks is a great way to get the latte effect without the fancy espresso machine. Whatever creamy ingredient you’re adding, whether it’s coconut milk, almond milk, or butter, it emulsifies in the blender for a smooth, latte-like result.