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Top 5 recipes for healthy hot drinks to warm you up during the winter

A little warmth goes a long way – very little in life can’t be improved with a hot drink. Here are some great recipes for healthy hot drinks that warm you up during this cold season:

VANILLA-ALMOND COFFEE

This recipe is perfect for any coffee lover. Instead of buying flavoured coffees, you can make your own using flavoured extracts for baking. You can prepare this with decaffeinated coffee, too.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1-pound ground coffee
  • 1-ounce vanilla extract
  • 1-ounce almond extract

HOW TO PREPARE

Place coffee in a large jar with tight-fitting lid. Add extracts. Cover and shake well. Store in the refrigerator. Prepare coffee as usual.


SPICED CHAI MIX

This healthy hot drink owns a distinctive warm and spicy flavour. It tastes great with a warm blanket and a good book!

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups non-fat dry milk powder
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened instant tea
  • 3/4 cup vanilla powdered non-dairy creamer
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

OPTIONAL GARNISH:

  • Whipped cream

HOW TO PREPARE

In a food processor, combine all dry ingredients; cover and process until powdery. Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place for up to 6 months.


HOT RASPBERRY-LEMONADE DRINK MIX

The combination of powdered mixes for lemonade, raspberry drink and tea is one folks can enjoy by simply stirring in hot water.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1-1/2 cups powdered lemonade mix with sugar
  • 1 carton (1.3 ounces) raspberry soft drink mix
  • 1 cup instant tea mix
  • Boiling water

HOW TO PREPARE

In a bowl, combine the first three ingredients. Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place for up to 3 months.


WARM SPICED CIDER PUNCH

This is a nice warm-up punch. The aroma of the apple cider, orange juice and spices is wonderful as the punch simmers in the slow cooker.

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 cups apple cider or unsweetened apple juice
  • 2-1/4 cups water
  • 3/4 cup orange juice concentrate
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • Orange slices and additional cinnamon sticks, optional

HOW TO PREPARE

In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine the apple cider, water, orange juice concentrate, nutmeg and ginger. Place cloves and cinnamon sticks on a double thickness of cheesecloth; bring up corners of cloth and tie with string to form a bag. Place bag in slow cooker.

Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until heated through. Remove and discard spice bag. Garnish with orange slices and additional cinnamon sticks if desired.


CINNAMON MOCHA COFFEE

Most store-bought flavoured coffees are very expensive. Here's a special early-morning beverage you can make at home. The aroma of cinnamon and cocoa makes this coffee hard to resist.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/3 cup ground coffee (not instant coffee granules)
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cinnamon sticks, optional
  • Whipped cream, optional

HOW TO PREPARE

In a coffeemaker basket, combine the coffee and ground cinnamon. Prepare 4 cups brewed coffee according to manufacturer's directions.

Meanwhile, combine the milk, sugar, cocoa and vanilla in a saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat for 5-7 minutes or until small bubbles appear on the sides of the pan, stirring occasionally (do not boil). Pour hot milk mixture into four coffee cups, then add cinnamon-flavoured coffee. Garnish with cinnamon sticks and whipped cream if desired.

Save money — and calories — in these cold days while indulging with these delicious coffee shop alternatives! ;)