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Top 5 Low-Calorie Hot Beverages For Cold Season

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What’s the best way to warm up in the cold weather than a cup of hot beverage? Though it can be challenging to stay on diet with all the sugar in those drinks. So here are the five recipes for low-calorie hot beverages to warm up with during cold season.

Top 5 Low-Calorie Hot Beverages

Flavored Tea

Top 5 Low-Calorie Hot Beverages For Cold Season

To create a steaming cup of tea drink take a pinch of leaves of your favorite tea and mix it with spices like cinammon or clove. You can also add a bit of vanilla pod to it and let it brew for a couple of minutes. Drink with honey, caramelized berries, or other healthy sweets substitutes.

Hot Chocolate

Top 5 Low-Calorie Hot Beverages For Cold Season

Hot chocolate is a delicious cold season beverage that is very simple to make from cocoa powder. Use skim milk and brown sugar with the cocoa powder to cut down on calories and skip the marshmallows.

If you prefer the real hot chocolate here is a Belgian Hot Chocolate Recipe from David Lebovitz (originally from Wittamer):

1 quart (1l) half-and-half or whole milk
8 ounces (230g) bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
4 ounces (115g) milk chocolate, finely chopped
tiny pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

First the one-third of milk is warmed and stirred with the chocolate and salt until the chocolate melts. Then the rest of the milk is whisked in. When the mixture is warm the cinnamon is added. Using whisk or a hand blender the hot chocolate is mixed till smooth.

Spiced Coconut Coffee

Top 5 Low-Calorie Hot Beverages For Cold Season

If you are a coffee drinker try something different with the Spiced Coconut Coffee from AllRecipes:

2 tbsps coffee beans (ground)
12 tsp crushed red pepper
2 whole cloves
12 cinnamon stick (3 inch)
2 cups water
12 cup coconut milk
2 tbsps honey

Put the ground coffee beans, red pepper, cinnamon stick and cloves in a coffee filter of a drip coffee brewer. Pour the water and set it to brew. Meanwhile warm the coconut milk on medium-low temperature. Add honey till it blends then add the brewed coffee and stir to mix it all together.

Spiced Apple Cider

Top 5 Low-Calorie Hot Beverages For Cold Season

Want something even more tarty? Savory Sweet Life offers a Spiced Apple Cider Recipe:

8 cups pressed Apple Juice/Cider (not from concentrate)
1 orange, cut into 1/4″ slices
3 cinnamon sticks
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1 tablespoon cloves
1 inch piece of ginger cut into coin sized slices
1/4 cup brown sugar
*optional spiced Rum

All the ingredients are placed in the pot and boiled for five minutes. Let the mixture simmer for another thirty minutes and strain before serving.

Mulled Wine

Top 5 Low-Calorie Hot Beverages For Cold Season

Mulled wine recipe from Jamie Oliver:

2 clementines
peel of 1 lemon
peel of 1 lime
250g caster sugar
6 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
3 fresh bay leaves
1 whole nutmeg
1 whole vanilla pod, halved
2 star anise
2 bottles of Chianti, or other Italian red wine

Peel clementines, lemon, and lime. Put sugar on medium heat in a large saucepan and add the peels and clementine juice. Add other spices – cloves, bay leaves, cinnamon stick, 10 to 12 gratings of nutmeg. Half the vanilla pod and stir in with the wine. The wine should cover sugar. When the sugar is dissolved boil for around 5 minutes till the mixture has texture of syrup. Then add star anise and two bottles of wine. Warm the wine and serve. You may cut down the sugar to downplay sweetness and cut down calories.

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