Hot chocolates, mochas, and all things gingerbread scream our name. These drinks bring friendships together, give warmth, and get us in the Christmas spirit. But are there ways to make our own and cut the sugar? Of course, and in my opinion, they taste just as good if not better. I like to find ways to keep the ingredients I don’t know out of my drinks and food. Here are a few of our family favourites.
Hot chocolate – steam your choice of milk in a steamer or on the stove, just ensure not to burn it. While milk is heating up, put a tbsp of cocoa in a cup, and sprinkle in some cane sugar. Add some of the milk and stir until fully mixed in, then add the rest of the milk and top with Dandy’s marshmallows. You can top it with whipped cream, and chocolate drizzle, but of course, this comes with added sugar. (Shhh my kids think it’s better than Starbucks)
Momma’s Mocha – make your desired Americano, add in 1 tbsp and stir completely. If it’s not sweet enough you can add in a sprinkle of cane sugar.
Gingerbread Latte – steam your choice of milk, while milk is heating warm on the stove half a tbsp of molasses and maple syrup and a sprinkle of powdered ginger. Mix together until completely mixed in. If you don’t like things as sweet omit the maple syrup or cut it in half. Options to the top with cinnamon and whipped cream.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.
MaryAnna Robbins CSEP-CPT, OFC RHEP – Group Exercise, Resistance Trainer, Yoga Fitness, Pilates Mat Fitness