Fall’s cooler temperatures make it an ideal time to warm up with a hot drink. While hot cocoa with marshmallows or a large latte can be comforting, they’re not the healthiest beverages. Try the following drinks this season instead.
Healthy Hot Cocoa
Cocoa has nutrients called antioxidants, which are good for your heart and brain, so you don’t have to forego hot cocoa altogether. Skip the marshmallows and store-bought cocoa mix, and make your own version. Just use cocoa powder, water and a small amount of sweetener, then add in low-fat milk and vanilla extract for a tasty drink. You can also spice it up with some cinnamon.
Hot Apple Cider
Apple cider contains a few important nutrients, including iron and vitamin C, which helps boost your immune system. Heat up a mug of cider, and add a touch of cinnamon to it or one cinnamon stick, for a delicious seasonal beverage.
Ginger helps keep your digestive system running smoothly and can relieve nausea. It has the added benefits of soothing sore throats and easing coughing as well, making it a great drink to have when you’re sick. Enjoy a hot cup of ginger tea sweetened with a touch of honey this fall.
Coffee can be good to drink if you cut out the sugar and whole milk or creamer. Moderate amounts of coffee might lower your risk of heart disease, liver disease and type 2 diabetes. If you don’t like black coffee, give yours some spice by sprinkling a bit of cinnamon in it. You can also make it a little creamy with low-fat or skim milk.
Another healthy coffee drink to try is peppermint mocha. Instead of using sugar, whole milk and whipped cream, use peppermint extract to sweeten it, along with low-fat or skim milk and a small amount of dark chocolate syrup.