Piping hot drinks are a great way to stay warm in cooler weather. It is often tempting to replace a glass of water with something more satisfying like a cup of decadent hot chocolate or gourmet coffee, but beware of the hidden extra calories in these drinks.
Hot Drink Comparison:
* Information from the USDA online database. For a complete nutritional profile of most beverages and foods, refer to the USDA online database.
**Information from the package Nutritional Information.
The addition of full cream milk, cream, sugar, flavour syrups or honey to coffee and tea add up quickly to increase the energy density of these drinks. Try stick to lower calorie options, such as: herbal teas, clear soups, skinny cappuccinos, skinny latté’s (skinny = made with fat-free milk), sugar-free, low fat hot chocolates or add a slice of lemon or ginger to your herbal tea for a delicious drink.
Lower-cal cocoa recipe
Combine 1 tablespoon cocoa powder and 1 teaspoon sugar or sweetener (to taste) in a mug. Stir in 1 cup steaming fat-free milk. Spice it up with one of these add-ins:
- Orange peel and ground cloves
- Ground cardamom and vanilla
- Chili powder and cinnamon