Winter weather is turning colder every day and you may find yourself longing for the warm days of summer. As you wait for the sun to make its debut this spring, cozy up with these nutritious dairy drinks.
Most people start the day with a cup of coffee, but adding steamed milk to your traditional brew will pack it full of high-quality protein and essential nutrients! You don’t have to visit expensive coffee shops to enjoy the health benefits of warm, steamed milk. Simply microwave 1 cup of milk for 90 seconds, or until steaming hot, and add it to your brewed coffee of choice. Be your own barista and try this delicious recipe for Chai Coffee at home.
Not a coffee drinker? No worries! You can also add steamed milk to your favorite tea for the same nutritional benefits. London Fog Lattes are my favorite cold-weather beverage and are easily made by combining Earl Grey tea, vanilla and steamed milk. If you are avoiding caffeine altogether, then try this relaxing Lavender Milk Steamer instead.
Let’s not forget the most popular warm drink for winter weather – hot chocolate! Whether you ran a snowy 5k or just want a special treat with family, hot chocolate is a tried and true classic that everyone will love. Even if you are lactose intolerant, you don’t have to miss out on the fun with this Festively Lactose-Free Hot Chocolate recipe.
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As the holiday festivities quickly turn into New Year celebrations, be sure to remember those guests at parties who, for one reason or another, forego traditional cocktails and seasonal spirits. Give your friends and family a non-alcoholic beverage option that is fun, exciting, and even nutritious!
Holiday Milk Punch will make everyone merry and bright. Made with chai tea, the subtle boost of caffeine will put some extra pep in their step to keep them going until the midnight ball drop. Folks will feel festive from the seasonal spices, all while benefitting from the 9 essential nutrients found in real milk. I’ll drink to that!
This Peppermint Milkshake will serve as a delicious treat and a fun activity for the kids. They will have a blast decorating their cups with melted chocolate and peppermint candies before enjoying this creamy, dessert-like drink. Top it off with real whipped cream to make it extra decadent.
If you are looking for a more traditional holiday drink, try Homemade Eggnog using real milk and cream. With just the right amount of sweetness, your guests will find comfort in this familiar treat. As a time and stress saver for the party host, this beverage could also be enjoyed as an adult libation by adding a choice of brandy, bourbon or rum. Be sure to clearly label each batch!
When planning your holiday shindig, take stock of your guests and their preferences. There are a variety of fun refreshments for everyone to enjoy, and you might even send your guests home with a new favorite. Cheers!
A collection of stories related to my work as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with The Dairy Alliance. Views are my own.