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

Ingredients:

  • 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
  • 1/4 cup Sugarman of Vermont Maple Syrup

Instructions:

  1. In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil; remove from heat.
  2. Add tea bags and lemon thyme sprigs; steep, covered, 3 minutes.
  3. Discard tea bags; steep, covered, 3 minutes longer. Strain tea.
  4. Add maple syrup and lemon juice; stir until honey is dissolved. Stir in sugar if desired. Serve immediately.

Hot Ginger Coffee

Ingredients:

  • 6 tbsp ground coffee (not instant)
  • 1 tbsp grated orange zest
  • 1 tbsp chopped crystallized ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 6 cups cold water
  • 1 tbsp Sugarman of Vermont Maple Syrup
  • whipped cream, cinnamon sticks, and/or additional orange zest, optional

Instructions:

  1. Combine the coffee, orange zest, ginger, and cinnamon. Place in a coffee filter and brew with the cold water according to the manufacturer’s directions.
  2. Pour into mugs and add maple syrup; if desired, garnish with whipped cream, cinnamon sticks, and orange zest.

Sunburst Spiced Tea

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium oranges
  • 1 medium lemon
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 4 teaspoons English breakfast tea leaves or other black tea leaves
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • Sugarman of Vermont Maple Syrup and lemon slices, optional

Instructions:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Cinnamon Coconut Latte

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz strongly brewed coffee
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp ghee or unsalted grass-fed butter
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk or almond milk
  • 1/8 tsp Sugarman of Vermont Maple Syrup

Instructions:

  1. Brew coffee in a coffee maker or French press.
  2. Add all ingredients to the blender and blend on high for 15-30 seconds until creamy and frothy.
  3. Pour into a coffee mug, dust with additional cinnamon, if desired, and enjoy.

Warm Spiced Cider Punch

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups apple cider or unsweetened apple juice
  • 2 1/4 cups water
  • 1 can (6 oz) frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
  • 3/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 tsp Sugarman of Vermont Ginger Orange Maple Glaze
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • optional: orange slices and additional cinnamon sticks

Instructions:

  1. 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.
  2. 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

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. 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.