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Drop that third cup of coffee, and step away from the Keurig. 

Arielle Weg
November 09, 2017

It always seems easier to stay hydrated during the summer months because the hot weather not-to-subtly reminds us to grab a cold drink. But during the chilly months, it's a little harder to chug water because we often want something that's going to keep us toasty. (Like a latte!)

Swap out that third cup of coffee for some alternative warm drinks. From steamy tea to velvety hot chocolates, bookmark this list for when you need a pick-me-up, sans caffeine. 

Golden Milk Tea

Turmeric is a go-to ingredient for dietitians and health enthusiasts. The orange powder brings anti-inflammatory properties, blood-sugar stabilizers, and brain-boosting power. Warm coconut milk is slightly nutty, and the turmeric, ginger, and cardamom combination is a spicy treat. Play with the amount of honey in this drink to find your perfect sweet spot.

Hot Mulled Cider

Elevate supermarket apple cider by infusing flavors of peppercorns, cardamom, cloves, anise, orange, cinnamon, ginger, and lemon. The drink is perfect for soothing sips by the fireplace.  

Hot Mint-and-Lemon Drink 

There's something ultra comforting about a cup of minty, lemon tea. The aroma offers energy without a touch of caffeine, and the natural drink is something to feel good about. 

Vanilla-Almond Steamer

Cinnamon, vanilla, and almond come together to form a velvety winter drink you'll love. You can make this ahead of time, and reheat whenever you're ready for a warm and toasty treat.

Pomegranate-Apple Cider Toddy

We replace the traditional alcohol in this warm drink with apple cider for a swoon-worthy daytime beverage. Cloves and cinnamon help tone down the sugar, while pomegranate brings a tart undertone. 

White Hot Spiced Chocolate 

If hot chocolate is your usual go-to winter drink, this version adds a little extra spice with the addition of nutmeg and cinnamon. White chocolate chips make for an extra decadent drink you'll love to sip. 

Turmeric Chai Latte

We find turmeric inching its way into our drinks again, and for good reason. Combine turmeric, ginger, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, and orange tea with creamy milk and honey for the perfect wintry mix. Avoid swapping in another milk for the whole; it adds a much-needed decadence to the drink. 

Non-Caffeinated Tea 

Chamomile tea is always a safe bet when you're looking for something warm, calming, and delicious. If you can find a decaffeinated version of green tea, you'll reap the benefits, like potentially lowering blood pressure and improving your heart health. 

Broth

Instant packets of miso broth or small boxes of vegetable broth make for a comforting snack and warm drink combination. Some companies are even making easy-to-brew savory teas, or soup teas, to be used a base to soups or as a low-calorie beverage. Make note to always check the salt content on some broths, and buy no-salt-added or low-sodium varieties if available.