Nothing beats a warm drink on a cold day, except, of course, a beverage that is also safe for the teeth. Opt for drinks that have all the flavor you crave without the sugar that can break down tooth enamel. Here are three warming and sugar-free recipes just in time for the winter weather.
Sugar-Free Peppermint Mocha
If you are a fan of mint and mocha, this is the drink for you. This peppermint mocha recipe is sugar-free and full of flavor! Cozy up on the couch with a good book and this warming beverage.
1 cup water
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 tbsp. erythritol (for sweetness)
¼ tbsp. pure stevia (more sweetness)
3 tbsp. cocoa powder
¼ tsp. peppermint extract
A pinch of salt
1 ½ tsp. granulated instant espresso
Mix all ingredients in a blender and transfer to a microwave-safe coffee mug. Heat in 30-second intervals until you reach the temperature of choice.
Spicy Chai Tea
This chai tea recipe will have you raiding your spice cabinet over and over this winter. Not only is this a tasty beverage, but it will fill your home with a sweet scent. The lack of sugar will also ensure your smile stays healthy.
1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
2 tsp. ground cardamom
1 ½ tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. allspice
Just a pinch of nutmeg
2 black tea bags
2 cups water
1 cup almond milk
1 tbsp. pure stevia
In a medium saucepan, bring all ingredients to a rolling boil. Remove mixture from the heat and allow it to steep for 10 minutes. Using a sieve to strain the chai, pour into a mug and enjoy!
This last recipe is a throwback to everyone’s childhood. Traditional hot cocoa is loaded with sugar, which can cause problems for your teeth. Our remixed version is just as cozy, but it can help you leave all the cavities behind. Use this recipe to start new traditions with your family.
1 cup almond milk
1 tbsp. cocoa powder
5 drops liquid stevia
¼ tsp. vanilla extract
Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. While it’s heating, whisk ingredients until mixture is the desired temperature and the texture is smooth. Pour into a mug and sip in front of the fire or while binge-watching your favorite show. Now that your insides are warm, make sure your smile is, too, by making an appointment at Southwest Smiles for a dental exam and cleaning. Call us today to schedule!