A hot drink is usually a perfect treat that will keep you warm, but decadent hot chocolate with a toss or chai latte full of sugar can make it harder to achieve your New Year’s health goals. These drinks are also full of added sugar, which contributes to obesity and other health problems.
Below are some delicious winter drinks that won’t interfere with your eating goals, and some healthier cocktails, whether you host them in the coming months or go to parties.
Date-sweetened chai latte
Unlike in-store versions, this chai latte contains no added sugar and blends naturally with dates.
Chai tea is made from black tea and is full of anti-aging antioxidants. Chai also has herbs that include ginger, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and black pepper.
Ginger helps with digestive problems and can be a useful remedy for fatigue. Spicy herb can also help reduce pain and inflammation.
Cinnamon helps control blood sugar and the theanine and caffeine in chai tea helps us stay focused throughout the day.
The milk in this drink provides a healthy dose of calcium and vitamin D, which keep our bones strong and contribute to a healthy posture.
This chai latte has only 99 calories – less than your local cafe can, especially if sugar is added to the chai mixture.
You can use chai tea bags for the recipe, or if you feel adventurous, try saving your own chai spice mix!
Peppermint hot chocolate
Drink hot chocolate dipped in peppermint for a soothing and delicious winter drink.
Peppermint can help cure colds, sinus infections and headaches. Like ginger, mint has a calming effect on the stomach and helps fight fatigue and indigestion.
Cocoa is a greater source of antioxidants than most foods and offers cardiovascular benefits. Chocolate beans can protect nerves from damage and inflammation and have a positive effect on satiety, mental function and mood.
Cocoa drinks are often full of calories: Medium-sized (14 ounces) hot mint-flavored chocolate from Dunkin
Donuts provides 300 calories and 9 grams of saturated fat; In 12 ounces of Starbucks hot chocolate, hot chocolate has 330 calories and 8 grams of saturated fat.
My medicinal mint hot chocolate is made from hemp milk rich in omega-3, cocoa powder and maple syrup and contains only 115 calories and less than 1 gram of saturated fat per serving.
This golden-colored drink is made from milk and warm winter herbs, including vanilla, cumin, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and pepper. It is sweet with a little maple syrup and contains 7 grams of protein that will satiate you. The drink also provides about a third of your daily calcium intake.
The stellar spice of this drink is branded. The active ingredient in curcumin is curcumin, which gives the herb a golden color and has strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Interestingly, research suggests that curcumin may act as an antidepressant and helps during the long, dark winter months.
However, much more needs to be said about turmeric: it can help manage metabolic syndrome, arthritis, anxiety and high blood lipids. It can also help reduce inflammation caused by exercise and muscle pain.
A pinch of black pepper in the drink contains piperine, an ingredient that helps increase the absorption of curcumin. Weak also offers antimicrobial benefits that help prevent winter infections.