Weight Watchers Recipe of the Day: Lightened Up Fall & Winter Coffee Recipes Perfect for the Holidays
Note: This is a guest post from Sarah at We Dream of Coffee.
With the holidays around the corner, it is easy to overindulge. The average person usually gains several pounds during the holiday season. Therefore, it is important to adopt strategies that will help minimize holiday weight gain and promote weight loss. Coffee is one such drink that can help to prevent weight gain.
How? Well one strategy that works well for me is opting for a skinny cappuccino at the end of a meal instead of a more indulgent dessert.
Because coffee can be prepared in numerous ways that are anything but low calorie it is important to customize your coffee recipes to lighten them up and prevent weight gain.
Here are several lightened up coffee recipes perfect for Weight Watchers you can enjoy this yuletide season.
How to Choose Coffee for Weight Loss
Coffee can come in several different varieties and types and to maximize its benefits, it’s important to understand how you should choose the type of coffee you want to drink. Coffee is produced and sold in a variety of beans and roasts.
The two major types of beans are known as Arabica and Robusta. The major difference between Arabica and Robusta beans is the degree of quality where Arabica beans are higher quality beans usually grown in shade. Arabica beans also have a more flavorful taste.
In addition to the type of beans, you can choose different roasts to obtain a bolder or flavorful taste. Darker roasts have been roasted longer and will yield a robust flavor compared to lighter roasts.
Therefore, you should choose a roast based on your taste preference. There are also several things you can add to enhance flavor, but you need to be careful when adding these if you are dieting since many additives contain excess sugars and fats. These can be readily converted into fat. To be safe, here are some simple recipes to stick with.
Cinnamon Spiced Holiday Coffee Recipe
The spiced holiday coffee is a great way to give your coffee brew a little flavor. This recipe requires you to add half a teaspoon of cinnamon and an eighth of a teaspoon of cloves to the coffee while brewing it. If you wish to add milk or creamer, try sticking to a low or non-fat version to minimize fat and excess calories.
Pumpkin Spiced Coffee
Another easy way to add some festive ingredients to your coffee brew is to add pumpkin pie spice and orange zest to create a healthier holiday coffee recipe. The pumpkin spiced coffee is similar to the cinnamon spiced coffee as the ingredients are added to the brew itself.
This recipe calls for one teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice to be added to the brew and a half an orange zest peel to be added to the pot, which yields a delicious coffee that tastes like pumpkin pie. If you want to try making a larger batch of pumpkin spice coffee for your guests, you may want to also try this skinny slow cooker pumpkin spice recipe.
Healthy Homemade Peppermint Mocha Recipe
It is impossible to mention holiday recipes without mentioning peppermint. This recipe is a simple way to make your own healthy homemade peppermint mocha. First, brew 2 cups of coffee and set them aside. Then combine the 2 cups of coffee with 3 tablespoons of dried non-fat milk, 2 tablespoons of dark cocoa powder, and 10 drops of peppermint flavor in a blender (affiliate link). Blend until smooth.
After eating all the food and desserts at your holiday parties and gatherings, it is normal to feel very tired and sleepy but the last thing you want is to not have the energy to socialize and visit with your loved ones.
So the next time you are feeling a bit tired after that big holiday meal, try adding a holiday themed coffee recipe. These recipes will provide a boost of energy in a healthy way so you can sip on your festive drink without all the excess calories.
Bio: Sarah writes for We Dream of Coffee. She loves searching for the best recipes, regardless of the season. Learn more about the intricacies of this amazing drink on her blog.
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