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11/21/17 9:39 A

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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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11/20/17 12:03 P

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Fresh lemon juice and honey in hot water. In the summer, I ice it.

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11/17/17 5:36 P

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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.



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11/17/17 2:15 P

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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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Chicken broth

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11/17/17 12:53 A

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I like Earl Grey tea but have 5 or 6 other flavors to choose from. My latest find is Salted Caramel by Bigalow.

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11/16/17 11:27 A

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I drink Dandy Blend in hot almond milk. I don't care for it as a tea, but if you use more I find it to be a decent coffee substitute.

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11/15/17 6:22 P

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It is a great tea. It seems to me I found it at Walmart, or somewhere like that



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lemon-ginger tea with honey, especially with this awful cold rainy weather and my throat gets scratchy, otherwise decaf English Breakfast tea



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11/13/17 2:12 P

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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.



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11/13/17 9:17 A

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Green Tea, especially after eating. Drinking something hot after eating aids in speeding up the digestion of food. Otherwise, all tea is great and filled with antioxidants beneficial for our health



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11/12/17 1:47 P

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Tea, all sorts of tea. Herbal tea, chai tea, cinnamon tea, chocolate tea, vanilla tea, honey tea... some with cream, some without. emoticon

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11/12/17 11:36 A

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Ms_Aubergine, your ginger, basil and lemon drink sounds really good. Since I have all three (fresh) right now, I'm going to try it. And, by the way, I love schnauzers also!

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11/11/17 12:02 P

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I used to drink green tea (unsweetened) and arabian tea but as soon as I got bored of drinking only these 2, I started drinking almost every type of tea and I used to not add sugar.



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11/10/17 3:16 P

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Bigelow Perfect Peach Herbal Tea. Delicious.

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11/9/17 8:10 P

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Almost any of the teas. Also chicken broth when I'm feeling under the weather.








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11/9/17 5:20 P

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Chai tea with almond milk



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11/8/17 5:52 P

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Teatulia Jasmine Green Tea unsweetened

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11/8/17 12:23 P

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Unsweetened tea :)

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11/7/17 2:03 P

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Bigelow's Black Tea with vanilla is a very lovely flavour and I don't take sugar in my tea so they tastes like a treat.

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11/6/17 6:46 P

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I have read that Celestial Seasonings Bengal Spice tea is very good. Haven't found it yet but I would like to try it.

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11/6/17 6:22 P

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I love hot lemonade w/artificial sweetner

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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



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When I want a treat I use 1 tsp of real cocoa and 1 tsp Splenda in a glass of hot skim milk. It really is better than it sounds.

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11/4/17 5:57 P

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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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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.

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11/3/17 4:59 P

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One of my favorite drinks, hot or cold, is a tea of fresh ginger root, basil leaves and lemon slices or lemon juice.

Another is Good Earth's Sweet & Spicy herbal tea with a 1/4 teaspoon of sugar free apple cider mix.

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11/3/17 1:12 P

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Hot water with lemon; herbal tea, decaf coffee

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11/3/17 1:02 A

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ginger tea

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Ginger tea

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tea, black coffee, low cal cocoa

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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11/1/17 6:38 A

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Hot Apple Cider, Herbal Tea

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green tea

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I really like Throat Coat tea because I don't need to add milk or sugar.

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Earl Grey tea with cream

Hot chicken bone broth

Two of my favs!

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hot apple cider with cinnamon.

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Beef bouillon in tomato juice

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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.
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Spicy cocoa with almond or other nut milk. The chili helps me deal with the missing sugar. Adding other spices for flavor sometimes: cardamom, cloves, cinnamon etc

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Reading the other responses in this thread reminded me: there's also the option of brewed cocoa.

criobru.com/collections/crio-bru

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).



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Good Earth sweet & spicy herbal tea - naturally sweet without additives, no caffeine. It's my relaxing drink of choice for evenings.

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Coffee with salt and sucralose.



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Black coffee

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Tasters choice hazelnut coffee sticks 2 calories and delicious



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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!

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emoticon 50 cal cocoa: heat milk, stir in the rest. You'll need to stir occasionally while you drink.

1 c 30 cal almond milk
Heaping T bakers cocoa
1 t instant coffee
Sweetener to taste
1 t vanilla

Optional extras:
cinnamon, nutmeg, pie spice
Almond, hazelnut, or mint flavoring
Cayenne pepper


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I drink hot apple cider or just hot water

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I may not be much help but i enjoy drinking Hot apple Cider when it's chilly out.



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You can try bone or chicken broth, and you can add nutritional yeast flakes to that for an even more filling and satisfying drink. I also love Throat Coat medicinal tea for everyday soothing.

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emoticon 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.

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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.

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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.



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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.

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i have always like hot tea because it has less caffeine than coffee. i have always been a tea drinker.

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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.



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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.



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There are several k-cup hot chocolates that are only 60 to 70 calories a cup if you make them with water. When a person is cutting down on sweets they taste pretty good.



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Weirdly, I love drinking hot water. It taste a little different then cold water and it keeps me warm.

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Thanks for your recipe! I LOVE chai tea. I will be doing this as the weather gets colder. emoticon



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i drink hot tea because i love tea

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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.



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Thanks for the suggestions!



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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.

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Ditto herbal fruit tea. I prefer orange.
Ditto bullion and cup of soup. Lipton is good.
Self-made soups are also good.
And when in doubt, dilute hot chocolate. :-)





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I like their teas.

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You are so right!

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I like chai tea bags without all the cream and sweeteners. I just found chai spiced green tea (it's usually black tea) at the store this morning, and I'm excited to try it!



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Don't forget homemade broth and low sodium bullion when you want something savory.

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I really like the Celestial Seasonings herbal fruit teas, hot or iced. The black cherry one is my favorite.



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I love to make bone broth with leftover chicken bones. I like to add various spices. Pureed veggies can add great flavors as well.


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Coffee!



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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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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!



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