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Healthy Homemade Gingerbread Latte

 

’Twas the night before the holidays, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…

OK, so that’s not exactly the way it went down in our house—especially the quiet, peaceful part. 😊 Yes, it was snowing, but that’s about where the story ends. Over here, Tammy’s twin daughters had 3 friends over who were screaming and yelling and playing some sort of slide-someone-around on the floor like they’re dead, yet kicking (don’t ask 😊 ), and these two, twin registered dietitians were dreaming up a new lightened up concoction (and the kitchen is never quiet or peaceful when we’re both concocting! If you watched us on Food Network’s Chopped!, that’s the tame version of what happens at home 😊 ).

The good news is what came out of all of the chaos—this delicious Healthy Homemade Gingerbread Latte. We lightened it up in a major way—shaving 100 calories off a small, typical-size latte—our version has only 33 calories a serving! Plus, our house smells like a gingerbread cookie factory (no joke!) and if you need a ‘lil pick-me-up, this bevvie uses strongly brewed coffee.

And if you need a to flush out the bloat if you’ve overdone it on a little too much holiday cheer—check out these “detox” drinks—and be sure to check out our 21-Day Body Reboot™, which will help you to look and feel your best in no time (it’s our life-altering program that helps you to lose your last 10 pounds or more—while going wild on the weekend!)

Cucumber Blueberry Water Flush
Lemon Ginger Turmeric Tea “Detox”
Lemon Ginger Detox drink
Vitamin C Infused “Detox” Water

  Aside from the heaping calorie-savings in this Gingerbread latte, there’s even another reason to sip it—the cinnamon! And if you like things extra-cinnamon-y, go ahead and sprinkle away!

Cinnamon: Studies have found that cinnamon helps to reduce inflammation and a number of studies have found improved blood sugar levels associated with cinnamon intake. So it certainly can’t hurt to aim for ½- 1 teaspoon of this delish spice daily!

Ginger: Ginger (especially fresh ginger) is also great for reducing chronic inflammation (the kind that’s linked to many chronic diseases), and is a total tummy soother, which means it may just keep you free from nausea or stomach discomfort!

 

 

Healthy Homemade Gingerbread Latte

Yield: 1 latte (8 oz)

Ingredients:
½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
½ tsp blackstrap molasses
¼ tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
Stevia, to taste (I used 2 drops liquid stevia)
½ cup very strong brewed coffee

Directions:
1. Place almond milk, molasses, ginger, cinnamon, and stevia in a pot or microwave-safe mug. Heat on the stove or in the microwave until piping hot.
2. Transfer the almond milk mixture to a 16 oz mason jar, seal, and shake vigorously, until frothy. You can also use a milk frother if you have one!
3. Pour the brewed coffee into a mug, top with the almond milk mixture, and stir gently to combine.
4. Enjoy!

Nutrition info (per serving): 33 calories, 1.3 g fat, 81 mg sodium, 5.4 g carbs, 0.9 g fiber, 0.5 g sugar, 0.7 g protein

 

 

 

 

Pumpkin Spiced Latte

 

If you love your coffee and your latte but want to spice things up a little bit, you’ll love this healthy, guilt-free Pumpkin Spiced Latte recipe. It’s made with cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice and is only 71 skinny calories!  Cheers to losing weight without feeling deprived!

 

Psst… love pumpkin and the nutrients it provides?  We’ve got many pumpkin recipes on this site! Here’s a few to try…

Pumpkin Pancakes

Protein Pancakes with Pumpkin Banana Cream Syrup

Granola Pumpkin Bars

 

 

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If you rely on your morning cup o’ Joe to get your day started, you can feel good when you drink this Pumpkin Spice Latté as you focus on consuming the healthy antioxidants found in coffee rather than on the extra calories from added sugar and cream (this recipe keeps the calories and added sugar to a minimum!).  And now that pumpkins are in season, give this healthy, fall-inspired Pumpkin Spiced Latte a try!  Um, yum! 🙂

 

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

Pumpkin Spiced Latte
 
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 c. coffee
  • ⅓ c. 1% or skim milk
  • 2 tsp. sugar or coconut palm sugar
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ 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
Instructions
  1. 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.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 71 Fat: 1 g Carbohydrates: 12 g Sodium: 43 g Fiber: 0 g Protein: 4 g

 

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Homemade Coffee Creamer!

If you love your morning cup of Joe like many Americans, there’s good news! Studies show there may actually be some health benefits to drinking modest amounts (a daily cup or two). Reduced risk of diabetes and improved cognitive function are two possible benefits. One major reason coffee actually gets a bad rep for being unhealthy is due to what’s added to it. For instance, who knew that this list of ingredients is for coffee creamer?!…WATER, CORN SYRUP SOLIDS, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN AND/OR COTTONSEED OIL, AND LESS THAN 2% OF SODIUM CASEINATE (A MILK DERIVATIVE)**, DIPOTASSIUM PHOSPHATE, MONO- AND DIGLYCERIDES, SODIUM ALUMINOSILICATE, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, CARRAGEENAN. Yikes! Don’t worry–We’ve got a solution if you like a creamier brew, simply try our delish homemade creamers!

 

Psst… love your coffee but want to save a little money compared to Starbuck’s?  Try some of these creations:

Creamy Coconut Vanilla Coffee

Vegan Mocha-licious Coffee

 

Homemade Coffee Creamer

Homemade Coffee Creamers

Serves: 32 for each creamer

To make a full batch of coffee creamer, stir in the ingredients below with 4 cups of skim milk or almond milk. Simmer on the stove top and whisk until all ingredients are evenly distributed and mixed well and the mixture begins to steam. Let cool for 10 minutes and store in the refrigerator for 7-10 days. You can adjust amounts if desired to add more or less flavor.

 

Cinnamon Burst Coffee Creamer

Ingredients

2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp brown sugar

Directions

Simply add to coffee and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts (per 2 tablespoons): 16 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 13 mg sodium, 3 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 3 g sugar, 1 g protein

 

Brown Sugar & Caramel Coffee Creamer

4 tbsp brown sugar

Nutrition Facts (per 2 tablespoons): 17 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 13 mg sodium, 3 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 3 g sugar, 1 g protein

 

White Chocolate Coffee Creamer

1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1 tsp. cocoa powder

Nutrition Facts (per two tablespoons): 25 calories, 1 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 15 mg sodium, 3 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 3 g sugar, 1 g protein

 

For MORE RECIPES like this and a 10-Day Weight Loss Jumpstart and Detox Plan and a Get Healthy Program please check out The Nutrition Twins’ Veggie Cure!

 

 

 

Homemade Coffee Creamer!
 
Nutrition Facts (per 2 tablespoons): 16 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 13 mg sodium, 3 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 3 g sugar, 1 g protein
Author:
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
Instructions
  1. Simply add to coffee and enjoy!
  2. Brown Sugar & Caramel Coffee Creamer
  3. tbsp brown sugar
  4. Nutrition Facts (per 2 tablespoons): 17 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 13 mg sodium, 3 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 3 g sugar, 1 g protein

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