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Treat yourself: 10 hot drinks for winter

One of the best things about the colder weather: huddling over a steaming mug of something delicious. Low-calorie, low-carb drinks are always best, according to the American Diabetes Association,1 so here's a healthy and unique twist on some winter favorites.

Moroccan Fresh Mint Tea

Basic hot tea gets a major upgrade when you add a generous handful of fresh mint and a little sugar (although you can switch to your favorite sweetener).

Spiced Almond Milk Steamers

Warm almond milk, infused with raw honey and savory spices like turmeric, cinnamon and nutmeg? You might want to use your extra-large mug for this one.

Indonesian Coffee with Ginger

If you've been feeling like you need to up your coffee game, just add fresh grated ginger and sweetener to taste. So simple, yet so mind-blowing.

Mulled Apple Cider

Apple season means hot spiced apple cider. Try to find a high-quality (not artificially flavored with extra sugar) cider.

Hot Spiced Ginger Lemonade

Citrus and ginger always taste great together, especially when warmed up and garnished with allspice, cinnamon and cloves.

Hot Chai Tea

The best chai tea is equal parts peppery, spicy, and sweet—and made from scratch. Once you see how easy it is, you'll never go back to powdered mixes.

A few more for grown-ups

These hot drinks sound great for Sunday morning, but what about Saturday night? Enjoy these mug-warming recipes with alcohol, in moderation of course.

Hot Toddy

All of the carbs in this classic winter cocktail come from the honey used to sweeten the warm bourbon. Legend says that a hot toddy is also good for colds and flu. We don't think that's true, but it's a fun theory to test!

Honey-Lemon Vodka

It's a grownup lemonade, warmed to perfection, with a dash of savory winter favorites: honey and cinnamon.

Spiced Wine

Whether you call it "gluehwein" or "mulled wine," all spiced wines have a few things in common: warm, red wine, simmering on your stovetop with cinnamon, cloves and citrus, making your house smell wonderful.

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1American Diabetes Association. What can I drink? Available at: http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/what-can-i-eat/making-heal.... Accessed October 7, 2016.

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