chai (with nut milk): 3-4 cardamom pods, 1 clove, 1/4 cinnamon stick, a slice of ginger, 1/2 t fennel seeds (you can leave out whatever you don't like, this is just the MOST I ever put in- I often make it with just cardamom, or cardamom + ginger). grind up the spices. boil in a small amount of water (say 1/3 cup) with the lid on for 10 minutes, until the color changes and is very fragrant. add tea leaves and 1 cup of nut milk. simmer for 5-10 minutes, add sweetener to taste.
I like this recipe because you can't really add nut milk to traditional chai- it tastes too watered down, so this helps it taste richer and more full bodied.
If you want to make traditional chai, just use a normal amount of water, add the spices and simmer for a few, then add in the tea leaves. Once brewed, add in milk and bring to a boil 3 times, taking off the heat in between so it doesn't boil over. Turn heat to low and simmer for 5-10 minutes, then add sweetener to taste.
At my local indian store, and I'm sure online as well, you can find cardamom or masala tea bags, which I sometimes drink black. You can also find unsweetened instant chai, which might do the trick for you as you can control what liquid you add and how much sweetener. And of course you can find prepared chai masala powder to add to your tea.
I have also had and enjoyed a green-tea based chai, I bought mine online from a tea shop, and drink it without milk or sweetener.
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A friend of mine who loves hot chocolate, has chocolate almond milk she warms up on the stove or microwave. She says it tastes good but has way less calories. I personally love hot apple juice with cloves and cinnamon stick.
I drink a lot of chamomile tea this time of year. I also like apple spice teas.
Have you tried cashew milk for hot cocoa? I've made it at home (soak cashews overnight, rinse, drain, add more water, blend, usually 4-5 cups of water for 1 cups of dry raw cashews). When you heat it, it thickens a lot, so I thin it down with a little hot water, then mix in chocolate syrup. It's actually not too bad, calorie-wise, and if you don't strain the cashew milk after blending, you're getting fiber in addition to healthy fats.
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2,104 11/17/17 10:34 A
Good Earth brand's "Sweet and Spicy" tea, the herbal version. It has no sugar or artificial sweetener in it, yet tastes very sweet. I have found that just one tea bag brewed in a quart of water still makes a fine drink to sip on all day. Here are the Ingredients: rooibos, chicory root, natural flavor, rosehip, cinnamon, lemongrass, peppermint, chamomile, ginger root, anise seed, orange oil, orange peel. There is a green tea and a black tea version of this as well. For just plain old black tea, I like Bigelow's Constant Comment orange pekoe.
current weight: 253.0
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11/13/17 9:17 A
I drink tea. I like trying the different flavored herbal teas. Right now my favorite is Lipton Herbal Peach Mango. My second favorite is Orange Spice Herbal Tea. I recently tried Celestial Seasonings Raspberry Zinger Herbal Tea. I made the mistake of putting some milk in it (as I always put a little milk in my tea) and it curdled. Guess I won't do that again...lol
My go-to drink has always been coffee. Not just black coffee, but pre-Spark People, it'd be full cream milk coffee, and I'd load it with two huge teaspoons of sugar!
Now I still drink coffee, but no sugar is added, and instead of full-cream milk, I make it with boiling water and add one tablespoon of non-fat milk powder. It cuts the calories and specially the fat dramatically. Wouldn't have imagined I'd enjoy it equally as much as the fat and sugar laden version, but I do.
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Chris, Stawell, Victoria, Australia.
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11/4/17 5:18 A
My favorite is hot Milo, but that is just a hot chocolate and probably not the best thing for me. It is 140 calories I could cut out every morning... but it sure is good.
For tea I go out and pick lemongrass. We have tons of it growing out along the rice fields (they say it helps keep away mosquitoes). I boil water with lemongrass tops, fresh ginger, and powdered turmeric (I use the lemongrass bulbs in meat marinades). I used to add honey as a sweetener but now I just drink the tea as is. I love it.
My lite cocoa at about 50 cal: 1 c. 30 almond milk, heated Heaping T plain cocoa powder 1 t instant coffee 1 t vanilla or other flavoring Sweetener to taste Options: red pepper powder, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, nutmeg Needs frequent stirring
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I love COCOA Powder. Then I add cinnamon and finally Stevia powder. I do 1 flat teaspoon cocoa powder, 1 flat 1/4 measuring spoon. Add Boiling water and stir briskly. Fill your cup with milk, soy or other nut milk. I love it. I use the microwave.
I never drink cold anything. I do 50/50 hot water and add real cider. Hot water with any juice that does not been sweetened. Its easy to track. Some days Bouillon or lime or lemon squeezed in to very hot water. Pat in Maine.
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72 10/22/17 11:15 A
I can only speak for the pumpkin spice blend, which is lovely with a tiny bit of milk and sugar, but you can brew this stuff like coffee or steep it like tea using a french press. If I remember right, each serving is about 10 calories (plus whatever you add).
I steep a chai tea bag in hot water, then when it is good and strong I discard the tea bad and add a splash of vanilla extract, one packet of sweetener, and a big splash of cashew milk. Very low cal, lots of warmth and bursting with flavour!
I drink Green tea with moringa in an infusor ball most every morning. A friend gave me a large ziplock bag of Moringa and said it would help my joints feel better. I have rheumatoid arthritis. It really works I feel great. Google Moringa and you will see the many benefits you can get from it.
Green or herbal teas, and bone broth for a hot drink.
But for that full-bodied taste, try Teeccino... it's a coffee alternative that uses barley, chicory root and dates. I've found that it doesn't need as much sweetener as I add to coffee. I like the hazelnut one the best, but it also comes in vanilla, mocha nut and other flavors. You can brew it in a coffeemaker.
This is kind of what I do...mix a tablespoon of cocoa with a teaspoon of sugar and blend in a couple of tablespoons of water, then just add boiling water. I like the idea of microwaving it first as it would cook the cocoa a bit.
I now can't drink commercial instant hot chocolate drinks - particularly the low cal ones. They are just too artificially sweet.
Harney&sons make amazing teas.. They have every kind.. Green, black, red, chocolate, chai. I think you'll like the hot cinnamon spice. It's made with black tea, cinnamon, orange peel, and clove. It's naturally sweet and spicy... Very aromatic, but no sugar is added. It really makes you feel all warm and cuddly inside. They make a green tea cinnamon spice, which is the same but more mellow, but I haven't tried it yet. I want to! Check out their website. You can order samples as well.
You may or may not like this, but it's cheap to try-- hot chocolate as the Aztecs made it. Mix a tablespoon or so of cocoa (and a pinch each of cinnamon and cayenne pepper if you like) with a couple tablespoons of water, and microwave it for a few seconds (okay, so it's as the Aztecs *drank* it, not as they made it!) until the cocoa is well dissolved. Add vanilla, then slowly stir in water and heat until it's all hot. It tastes more like coffee than chocolate, but it has all the health benefits of chocolate. If you can't deal with the idea of unsweetened chocolate, add whatever sweetener you need.
current weight: 132.0
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10/15/17 4:33 P
My favorite coffee mixture is cocoa powder, honey, vanilla, and milk. I also love the creaminess coconut oil adds, but depending on if you're used to it or not don't add too much, it's a natural laxative. I use a tablespoon, but I know some people can hardly do a teaspoon. I've also used cinnamon, maple syrup, and coconut sugar in my coffee, and those were good as well. I'm not sure how restrictive you're being on the sugar front, but I mostly just use natural replacements.
Last year I also made a big pot of homemade hot cider and kept it in the fridge to be heated when needed. That turned out super tasty.
I just make my own chai, either by steeping a bag in hot milk or simmering the loose tea and spices in milk on the stove and then straining into a pot or cup. If you use skim or 1% milk and only add a teaspoon or so of sugar (I usually add cardamom pods or extra cinnamon instead), you're not looking at too many calories there.
I do love a good cup of coffee. If you like coffee, can you maybe learn to use less sweet and real cream, be it heavy whipping cream or half and half? Personally, I use 1 Splenda packet and 2 tablespoons of real half and half, which is a mere 40 calories. It adds some fat too to my diet, which I sometimes struggle to get in.
I used to make chai with the chai tea bags (not the concentrate) in milk with a little sweetener.
Those little Lipton "cup of soup" packets are good as a little snack too. They're so salty tasting that I can easily add double the hot water and get a (somewhat) substantial snack that warms me up for 45-60 calories.
Always have some diet cocoa packets in my desk drawer too. Oh and cider might be nice this time of year too!
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4,666 10/10/17 5:22 P
I add plain cocoa to coffee to give it a chocolately flavor. I use cream in my coffee, so that gives it a better mouth feel as well. If you need to make it sweeter you can try one of the zero carb sweeteners and see which one you like.
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Winter is coming, and I'm looking for alternatives to your typical hot cocoa, tea, and coffee. I drink coffee with lots of sweet stuff added to it, so that's not gonna fly anymore. I drink tea on its own, but sometimes I want something that's a little more full-bodied, like hot cocoa or chai, but without all the calories and not as sweet. Anyone have any good alternatives, or maybe an altered recipe? Thanks!