Guys, I have one word for you.
Does that count as a word? I don’t know. What I do know is that I can’t feel my nose. Or my toes. As Christmas inches closer, and the temperature hovers near freezing, it’s tempting to start eating like you’re about to go into hibernation for the winter. That’s why I’ve decided to round up three of my favorite healthy holiday drink recipes. One that will help warm you up from the inside out on chilly days, one you can bring along for family gatherings, and one that’s a festive take on your morning coffee. And because eating healthy (drinking healthy?) is important to me, I’ve got health-conscious variations that are still just as, if not more, delicious than the classics. It’s the remix to (Christmas) tradition. Hot and fresh out the kitchen.
Healthy Hot Cocoa
I got this recipe from the blog Living Well Mom.
This is a favorite among kids…and grown-ups who are still kids deep down (hi). After a long day of running around the December city, this is just what you need. Prepare a mug for the whole family and settle in on the couch with a festive film for some cozy, holiday fun.
2 cups almond milk
2 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp honey
½ tsp vanilla extract
Warm the almond milk in a small saucepan. Then whisk in the cocoa powder, honey and vanilla extract. Whisk well to break up any lumps from the cocoa. If you’d like, place the mix in a blender and blender until frothy. Serve warm.
Low Fat Coquito Recipe
I got this recipe thanks to the food blog Healthy Latin Eating.
Being half Puerto Rican, this has always been a holiday staple in my house during Christmas time. Coquito is basically like the Puerto Rican version of eggnog. It’s a sweet and creamy drink with a hint of cinnamon, and it’s guaranteed to be a hit at parties.
Serves Approx. 11
12 oz can Fat-Free Evaporated Milk
14 oz can Fat-Free Condensed milk
14 oz Can Light Coconut milk
½ Cup egg beaters (egg substitute)
½ Teaspoon ground Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
2 Cinnamon sticks
1 Cup of Dark Rum
All you have to do is stick everything in a blender (except for the cinnamon sticks) and give it a whirl! Once it’s all blended, you can simply put the cinnamon sticks in the bottom of a pitcher and pour the mix in. Serve half a cup over ice and enjoy!
Skinny Peppermint Mocha
I found this recipe on The Huffington Post.
A little chocolate mixed in with your caffeine? Always. It’s unreal how much sugar goes into a store-bought holiday coffee. Save on the calories while enjoying the full taste with this delicious healthy variation of a peppermint mocha.
⅔ cup of coffee
⅓ cup skim milk
2 drops peppermint extract
2 tbsp sugar-free chocolate syrup
Optional candy cane garnish
Brew coffee and pour ⅔ cup into mug. Stir in milk, peppermint extract, and chocolate syrup. If you want, top with a dollop of whipped cream or put a candy cane in your mug for a festive garnish.
That’s all for now! Hope you’re all enjoying this season’s festivities. Enjoy your healthy holiday sips.