12 Days of Holiday Recipes Day 8: Hot Cinnamon Coffee
We all know the classic coffee commercial that includes the line: “The best part of waking up is Folgers in your cup!” Ahhh yes, Peter is greeted by his younger sister as he arrives home for the holidays on a cold winters morning and the emotions start to flow — the same way as the delicious hot coffee that is poured into their coffee cups. I can’t help but immediately want a cup of my own … but then, I always do since coffee and I have been “best friends” for years now.
Coffee not only contains several health benefits (coffee drinkers are less likely to have Type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and have fewer cases of certain cancers, heart rhythm problems and stroke) but coffee keeps me energized too — I don’t go a day without it.
Honestly, I can’t think of any beverage I enjoy more than a hot cup of java when the temperature dips near freezing! I often like to add an ingredient or two when I really want a great tasting beverage, but I’m always careful when I do so. I realize that many of the things that are added to coffee, especially at specialty coffee shops, can really increase the calorie content of a simple cup of java. Flavored syrups, whipped cream, sugar and special toppings can create a cup of coffee that consists of hundreds of calories, and obviously this is something that I want to avoid. I would rather eat my calories, not drink them!
So to help you enjoy a delicious cup of festive brew this holiday season without all the calorie, I am sharing a recipe for hot cinnamon coffee. This recipe includes ground cinnamon, which is high in fiber, calcium, and iron. Yes, you can have both: great taste and a beverage that is good for your health (in my opinion that’s the best part). With 2012 right around the corner, I know that you can include this scrumptious beverage as you begin to focus more on your new, healthy lifestyle when Jan. 1 arrives.
1 cup coffee
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons nonfat milk
1 teaspoons brown sugar, if desired
Brew coffee of your choice. Mix in cinnamon and milk. Adjust to your liking. Add brown sugar if desired. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
Makes one serving.
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Photo by Darwin Bell.