In the Midwest, hot drinks are a must when those temperatures start dipping. In fact, I have jokingly called my winter routine of holding a mug out the front door for my freezing kiddos a “Hot Cocoa Valet Service.”
Every winter since my children were itty-bitty, I’ve made big batches of hot cocoa mix and chai tea mix. My kids recently discovered that good old-fashioned tea isn’t so bad either, at least not when it’s mixed with almond milk and honey, so now I keep tea bags in a variety of seasonal flavors on hand too.
An electric kettle is a great gadget to have in the kitchen for making hot drinks quickly and easily. Add to that some fun mugs and fun hot drink toppings like a shaker of cinnamon, a jar of marshmallows and a mug full of spoons, and you’ve got what feels like your very own Starbucks right at home.
While my cocoa and chai mixes are on the decadent side, there are also ways to incorporate healthy ingredients into hot drinks. Let’s start with those.
10 Healthy Hot Drink Recipe Ideas
Whether the kids are cold from sledding or walking home from the bus stop, these healthy hot drink recipes are sure to warm them up when they’re chilled to the bone.
Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl. If a finer consistency is desired, you can pour the mix into a blender or food processor and run it through that. Store in an airtight container.
Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup (depending on your cocoa preference) of the mix to an 8-ounce mug of boiling water.
Amy’s Vanilla Chai Tea Mix
1 cup nonfat dry milk powder
1 cup powdered non-dairy creamer
1 cup French vanilla powdered non-dairy creamer
2 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups unsweetened instant tea
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until it is a fine powder. (If you have a small food processor, you can combine just the instant tea and spices in the food processor, then mix it with the rest of the ingredients in a separate bowl).
Add 2-3 tablespoons of mix to 8 ounces of hot water or milk.
So let it snow, let it snow, let it snow, because mom’s got enough hot drink recipes to keep everyone warm and cozy all season long.