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No Caffeine Specialty Drink

The colder months are officially here. 
These days I find myself craving warm tea in the afternoon and hot chocolate after dinner. I try and stick to either green tea or herb tea in the afternoons because I’m super caffeine sensitive.

Speaking of caffeine – hot chocolate keeps me up at night. Actually, anything with chocolate keeps me up at night. I’m also trying to steer clear of artificial sweeteners as much as I can. I grew up on the “pink stuff” then my family switched to the “blue stuff” then the “yellow stuff.” Now I drink my warm drinks unsweetened or lightly sweetened with sugar or a dash of honey. That works for me, but your diabetes choices may vary.

Hot vanilla milk

One of my favorite after dinner/Sunday afternoon specialty drinks doesn’t contain sugar or caffeine, is low in carbs, and is incredibly easy to make – hot vanilla milk.

No joke. I turn the heat on low and slowly heat up a cup of skim milk in a pot until it’s bordering on hot (watch that it doesn’t scald) then sweeten with a dash of both vanilla extract and honey – a little goes a heck of a long way. Lastly, I pour the mixture into a mug and sprinkle with cinnamon and maybe a little nutmeg. It tastes sweet and decadent, is incredibly comforting (at least in my humble opinion) is low in carbs (12 carbs for one cup of skim milk and 0 grams of fat) and won’t make our blood sugars go crazy.

Give it a try and let me know what you think!

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