It’s freezing! The beginning of this week was painfully cold – inside and outside the house. You wouldn’t think Jozi could be this chilly! Definitely the time of year (if in the Southern hemisphere) to whip up a few warming drinks. There is nothing better than a brimming mug of deliciousness to warm the cockles. And another upside to this cold snap …. I can annoy my kids with my perma-cold hands … such fun!
But winter warmers tend to have a bad rep! They are often loaded with sugar, caffeine, fat and calories. A definite guilty-pleasure. This seems very unfair, especially when you have to wear a winter jacket inside to keep warm. So I have been on the hunt for healthier winter drinks, because sometimes a girl needs to warm up and coffee is not always the answer (I can’t believe I said that)!
Healthy Hot Chocolate
Believe it or not, this hot chocolate recipe is healthy (unless you add a handful of marshmallows!). It’s packed full of goodness, quick and easy to whip up and hits the sweet spot on those cold, winter afternoons. I can be found clutching a mug of this most afternoons at the moment.
The recipe (taken from Anna Jones’, A Modern Way to Eat) uses unsweetened almond milk as the ‘milk’ base, but it can be made with other milks, including dairy. There are pros and cons to all milks. I like unsweetened almond milk because it’s low in calories, free from saturated fats and cholesterol, naturally lactose free and a good source of vitamins A & D. If you haven’t tried it yet, you should.
Ingredients (Serves 2)
- 500 ml milk of your choice (almond is my fave)
- 1 (good quality) chamomile teabag
- 2 tablespoons cacao (raw cacao is best)
- 1 teaspoon maca powder (optional)
- a pinch of sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (add to taste)
- 1 – 2 tablespoons honey
- Put milk into a small saucepan and add the chamomile teabag. Heat gently (if using nut milk, warm it gently, don’t blitz it).
- Once warmed through, turn off the heat and allow the teabag to steep for a few minutes.
- Squeeze and remove the teabag, and then add the remaining ingredients.
- Give it a good whisk with an egg whisk and pour into your favourite mug.
You can play about with the quantities to get the right balance. I use a bit less honey and a bit more cinnamon. But if hot chocolate is not your thing, try this recipe for Turmeric Latte.
Watch this space for more healthy winter warmers.
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