The winter months were made for mugs full of hot chocolate and eggnog, but those drinks aren’t always the best for your health. You can only drink so much cocoa, especially if you aren’t Santa, you know?
If you’re looking for a healthy alternative to your favorite hot drinks, there are plenty of options that will keep you toasty this winter without also packing on the calories, all while helping to ward off colds and flus.
Try any of these 10 recipes for a healthier version of your wintertime favorites.
1. Almond & Maple Hot Chocolate
Made with almond milk and maple syrup, this is sure to be a treat that’s just as sweet as the real deal, but it happens a little healthier. Get the recipe.
2. Warm Spiced Coconut-Almond Milk
Ginger, almond milk and coconut oil combine for a drink that’s just as comforting as it is cozy. Fight off the cold with this warm drink. Get the recipe.
3. Hot Lemon Water
Hot lemon water has subtle flavor but is great for the body. Hot water and lemon are said to flush the liver and kidneys of toxins. Sure sounds like a great way to stay hot and healthy to me. Get the recipe.
4. Ginger Tea
Ginger has tons of healing properties, so starting your day off with a warm cup of ginger tea seems like a great idea, especially during the peak of cold season. Get the recipe.
5. London Fog
Earl Grey tea is a major ingredient in this recipe. It has healing properties as well as a boost of caffeine, so you may want to try this in place of your cup of joe in the mornings. Get the recipe.
6. Apple Cider With Cinnamon
You know what they say, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” So, why not put that to the test by drinking a warm cup of apple cider on cold days? Don’t mind if I do. Get the recipe.
7. Russian Tea
Cloves, cinnamon, tea and juices combine for a super flavorful warm beverage. There are powdered recipes for this drink, but making it with natural juices is better for your health. So, give this version of Russian tea a try for a healthy alternative. Get the recipe.
8. Hot Vanilla Chai Tea
The spices in chai tea have tons of health benefits, and it has less caffeine than coffee. If you’re looking to cut back on calories and/or caffeine, a chai tea is the way to go. Hot, healthy and delicious coming right up! Get the recipe.
9. Sage Tea
10. Dandelion Latte
Herbal dandelion root tea is combined with almond milk and a dash of cinnamon for a flavorful, healthful drink. Get the recipe.
Stay warm and healthy this winter with these drink recipes because cold season doesn’t have to get the best of you!
[h/t: Shape Magazine]