You can tell I have lived in Southern California my entire life. It’s 55 degrees outside and I’m curled up with some sweatpants on and a cup of hot tea in my hands. Although I welcome rain and cool weather, I also don’t like to be cold (or too hot…I’m kind of a wimp). On a cold day, having a hot beverage helps warm me up. In the past, I have turned to hot, high-calorie drinks like white chocolate mochas or hot chocolate with whipped cream. From time to time, I still indulge in hot chocolate. However, drinking too many high-calorie, sugary drinks isn’t good for your health. Thus, I have found some hot, low-calorie drinks that warm me up without weighing me down. Here are some of my favorites.
Hot Herbal Tea
Herbal tea used to be something that sat on my tea cart for decorative purposes. However, the other day, I tried a sample of some peach passion herbal tea and had to buy some. I was shocked to see that the tea was zero calories. How was this possible? Herbal tea has so much flavor. When I drink it, I almost feel like a little kid who stole a cookie from the cookie jar. Yet, herbal teas don’t simply taste good. Many have health benefits. According to besthealthmag.ca, peppermint tea can “relieve the symptoms of abdominal gas and bloating” along with muscle spasms and nausea. Ginger tea can also help with nausea and upset stomachs. Chamomile tea is both “calming and sedative.” Thus, it can help you fall asleep at night (caffeine-free of course). If you are pregnant or nursing, ask a doctor before drinking herbal teas. Some herbs are not safe or may diminish your milk supply. Also, if you are pregnant or nursing avoid caffeinated teas.
Hot Honey Water With Cinnamon
I am amazed at how two ingredients in hot water can be such a delicious and soothing combination. I combine one tablespoon of honey with three shakes of cinnamon. One tablespoon of honey contains 64 calories. Honey and cinnamon also have health benefits. According to NaturalNews.com, the combination of honey and cinnamon “strengthens the immune system” and eases digestion. In addition, it can help “prevent heart disease.”
Recently, I had my first sipping broth from Millies. For only 15 calories, I almost felt like I was having a meal. Sipping broths are almost like a tea. You simply submerge your broth bag in hot water and then enjoy. After trying it, I realized it contained green tea and had a small amount of caffeine. I have been trying to stay caffeine-free so I decided I would make my own “sipping broth.” You can do this by heating up some low sodium vegetable or chicken broth and adding a few favorite herbs/spices like basil and oregano, or cilantro and cumin. The chicken broth in my pantry has five calories per cup. Herbs are extremely low-calorie too!
I try not to drink my calories. Thus, these hot, low-calorie drinks are perfect when I want to feel warm and cozy. And, they don’t contain aspartame!
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