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National Coffee Day– Pumpkin Spice Latte

In honor of National Coffee Day being this week ,we’ve got a Pumpkin Spiced Latte Recipe to celebrate!

If you rely on your morning cup o’ Joe to get your day started, today is the day to celebrate it! Today feel good as you focus on consuming the healthy antioxidants found in coffee rather than focusing on the extra calories from added sugar and cream that often steal all of the attention!  After all, coffee itself is antioxidant packed–and calorie free! Woohoo–Go, Coffee!

And now that pumpkins are in season, give this Healthy Fall inspired Pumpkin Spiced Latte a try! It’s just 71 calories a serving and it’s low in sugar!

 

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Pumpkin Spice Latté

 

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  •  1 c. coffee
  • 1/3 c. 1% or skim milk
  • 2 tsp. sugar or coconut palm sugar
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1 TBS.  fat free whipped cream ( Products like Redi Whip or Cool Whip) (optional)
  • 3 cinnamon sticks or a sprinkle of cinnamon

Directions:

Brew coffee and pour into a mug. Add  milk. Stir in sugar or coconut palm sugar, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla extract (if using). Garnish the top with whipped cream and cinnamon.

Makes one serving.

Nutrition Facts including optional whipped cream : Calories 71, Fat 1 g, Carbohydrates 12g, Protein 4 g,  43 mg sodium,  0 g fiber

Homemade Hot Chocolate!

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If you’re like us, you love everything chocolate, including hot chocolate! It’s so soothing and it’s perfect for warming us up on a cold winter’s day. This recipe will quench your chocolate craving with some added bonuses!

First, you’ve probably heard about the health benefits of chocolate—especially dark chocolate. It’s rich in antioxidants and can help fight the body against free radicals that can cause cell damage. The darker the chocolate and the higher the cocoa content, the higher the antioxidants, which means the healthier it is!

This recipe is a unique twist on the traditional hot chocolate since the egg boosts protein content in addition to the skim milk so it can make for a satisfying snack. Cinnamon, which is packed with antioxidants, may help to fight diabetes while adding a delish flavor. And it uses semi-sweet chocolate which is dark chocolate!

(And if you’re inside with snow outside, you may want to whip up these easy, healthier, fun treats too–nspired by some of our other popular dessert balls like our Chocolate Drizzled Granola Balls, our White Chocolate Drizzled Wild Blueberry Granola Balls and Chocolate Coconut Chia Balls!)

A fabulous winter-time dessert! Sip up!

Homemade Hot Chocolate

Serves 3

Ingredients

  • 3 cups non-fat milk
  • 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate, grated (Semi-sweet chocolate is dark chocolate! Woohoo!)
  • 1 tbsp. white sugar or sugar substitute of choice
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon (or 1/2 tsp ground cayenne if you prefer more of a kick!)
  • 1 egg or equivalent egg substitute
  • 3 teaspoon fat free whip cream (optional)

Directions

  • Pour milk in microwave-safe container.
  • Place in the microwave and cook on high in microwave for 2 minutes.
  • Add chocolate, sugar and cinnamon and mix.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk egg. Once smooth, add chocolate mixture and stir well.
  • Place mixture back in microwave.
  • Cook on high for approximately 3 minutes. Remove when foamy, being very careful that the mixture is not too hot.
  • Whisk well until smooth.
  • Divide into 3 mugs and add cinnamon and a teaspoon of whip cream to each mug if desired.
  • ENJOY!

Each serving of this scrumptious winter-wonderland dessert contains: 172 calories, 5.5 grams fat, 12 grams protein, 19 grams of carbohydrate, 2 grams of fiber and 40% DV for calcium

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Banana Kiwi Weight Loss Smoothie

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