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.
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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.
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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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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