The holiday celebrations are in full bloom and we all need to be extra aware of our sugar intake this time of year! Below are some of my favorite, healthy winter/holiday beverage recipes that everyone can enjoy…and not suffer from the sugar highs that are so common this time of year. Happy Holidays!!
Haute Cacao (Hot Cocoa) 16 ounces unsweetened almond milk 1 tablespoon raw cacao 1⁄4 teaspoon cinnamon 1⁄4 teaspoon nutmeg 10-20 drops of chocolate-flavored liquid stevia 2 cinnamon sticks for garnish (optional) Heat all ingredients, except stevia, in a medium pot over medium heat until mixture begins to bubble lightly. Do not bring to a full boil, as almond milk boils over quickly. Remove from heat. Add stevia, stir, and serve in large mugs.
Cacao Minty Milk This minty drink made with raw cacao is delicious hot or cold. Raw cacao is a potent antioxidant, a healthy treat when in its natural state. We recommend that you try this drink without honey or any other form of sugar, and enjoy the rich chocolaty taste. 16 ounces unsweetened almond milk 1 tablespoon of raw cacao 2 fresh mint leaves 10-20 drops of chocolate-flavored liquid stevia Put all ingredients in a blender bowl and blend for 15 seconds. Pour into 2 glasses and add ice if desired. (Chocolate Milkshake Option: Follow the above directions and add 1⁄2 cup chocolate coconut milk ice cream and a handful of ice to the blender bowl, and blend for 30 seconds. Add ice as necessary to thicken to desired consistency. Blend until smooth and creamy.)
Chai Tea Misto 2 bags Chai tea of your choice (I like green chai tea) 16 ounces unsweetened almond milk (or try using rice or hemp milk) 16 ounces purified water 10- 20 drops cinnamon or vanilla-flavored liquid stevia pinch of cinnamon or 2 cinnamon sticks pinch of nutmeg Boil water In a pot, bring almond milk to a low boil over medium heat. Watch milk carefully and be careful to turn heat off and remove it from the stove immediately when it begins to boil. The milk will quickly boil and overflow. In two large mugs pour half water and half milk. Put one tea bag in each mug and steep for 4-5 minutes (depending on desired strength). Add stevia as desired. Sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon (or a cinnamon stick) and nutmeg over the top of each mug.
Eggless Egg Nog (Recipe from Kris Carr’s cookbook, Crazy Sexy Kitchen) Almond milk (about a cup and a half) 2 dates (pitted) 1 banana 1/2 vanilla bean or 1/2 tsp. alcohol-free vanilla extract Pinch of nutmeg (this is the key here to give it the egg nogy, spicy flavor!) Directions: Blend all ingredients and enjoy!