Winter Beverages to Warm and Spice Up Your Day

January 12, 2012

When the temperature outside makes its way downward, it’s always nice to sip a beverage that warms you from within. While some winter drinks are traditionally laden with fat and calories, you can readily adjust them, resulting in a tasty but healthy variation. It’s the ultimate in winter comfort, made and served up right at your desk.

Hot Cocoa

Why settle for a cup of powdered mix and water when you can have the real thing?  Simply microwave a cup of 2% or skim milk, add a packet (1 teaspoon) of Sugar in the Raw or similar and 1 teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa. Stir well and enjoy.  For a spicier variation at home, add a dash of chili powder or a cinnamon stick or two.

Hot Apple Cider

Want to add some anti-oxidants to your day?  Warm some apple cider or apple juice and you’re on your way. Apple cider does have more nutrients per ounce than its more processed counterpart but both have nutritional value. Heat a cup of either in the microwave, then add a cinnamon stick  or a bit of cinnamon flavored syrup.

Spicy Tea

The jury is still out relative to the health benefits of tea but some studies have supported they are there. Whichever, it remains a favorite of many. Prepare tea per usual then add a packet ( 1 teaspoon ) of sugar and a couple of lemon slices. Alternatively, add a cinnamon stick instead of the sugar. For a completely different taste, add cinnamon and cloves.