Hot Drinks for Cold Nights
Whip up either of these warming beverages to close out a winter's gathering or a chilly night. They're perfectly portioned to prevent the seasonal tendency to go overboard.
Traditional recipes for this decadent treat can easily top 500 calories -- and that's without any alcohol. Switching to a lower-fat milk and keeping the whipped cream in check brings the recipe down to about 350 calories.
Heat milk in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until it begins to steam. Add white chocolate and whisk well; pour into a large mug. Stir in peppermint schnapps if using and top with whipped cream and crushed peppermint candy. Serve immediately.
Calories: 349; Total Fat: 15 grams; Saturated Fat: 9 grams; Total Carbohydrate: 34 grams; Sugars: 33 grams; Protein: 9 grams; Sodium: 142 milligrams; Cholesterol: 35 milligrams; Fiber: 0 grams
*for a non-alcoholic version, replace with 1/8 teaspoon of peppermint extract
This grown-up dessert is lower in sugar and calories than a hot-chocolate treat and has fewer calories than the average Irish coffee (which comes in at 250 to 300 calories). Keep alcohol portions modest, and there's even room for whipped cream.
Chocolate shavings or mini chocolate chips and ground cinnamon for serving
Pour coffee into a large mug. Add vodka and liqueur and stir. Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Serve immediately.
Calories: 194; Total Fat: 8 grams; Saturated Fat: 5 grams; Total Carbohydrate: 7 grams; Sugars: 6 grams; Protein: 1 gram; Sodium: 36 milligrams; Cholesterol: 28 milligrams ; Fiber: 0 grams