The onset of cooler weather and falling leaves may have you craving a warm drink in your favourite mug or from your local coffee shop. But how can you indulge in the season’s delicious drinks without sabotaging your diet? Why not try these simple healthy recipes that have less sugar, kilojoules and saturated fat.
Give hot tea a try
Making yourself a hot cup of tea is a quick and easy way to warm up during the cooler weather. Keep it simple and low in kilojoules by steeping tea in hot water and pair it with Jenny’s Chop Chip Bites for a satisfying snack. From green tea to classic earl grey or chai, choose a tea that suits both your health needs and your taste!
Make a smart swap
Instead of stopping at a coffee shop for a sugar-laden, vanilla-flavoured, extra-large latte, make a smart swap and choose a small skinny latte and save on the excess kilojoules!
Lighten up your hot chocolate
While a mug full of sweet, creamy hot chocolate that’s topped with a mountain of whipped cream or marshmallows may be tempting, stick to using an instant hot chocolate packet that is lower in sugar and made with water or nonfat milk. Limit your cocoa concoction to just a couple of mini marshmallows and skip the heavy whipped cream. If the hot chocolate is lacking flavor, spice it up with a dash of cinnamon, or add a shot of espresso to make a mocha-twist!
Homemade apple cider
Often instant apple cider packets or apple juices are loaded with sugar. You can make a healthier apple cider alternative by juicing your own apples and creating your own cider in your kitchen. Using a juicer, juice about four to six apples. Then, in a medium saucepan bring the apple juice and your favourite spices, like cardamom, cinnamon, fresh ginger, and cloves to a boil. There is no need to add any extra sugar if you use sweet Gala apples. For a zing, add lemon zest and orange peels and serve. Be sure to share with a friend or family member!