Winter Warm-Ups

I think we’ve established already that I loathe winter. If it wasn’t for Christmas and the possibilities of cookies and gifts, I’d probably take to my bed Dec. 15th and not emerge until sometime in late March. I wasn’t meant to be bundled up like an Artic explorer. I’m more of a flip-flops and sunglasses kind of gal.

As is my custom, I’m trying to find positives in between the violent bouts of shivering. Sunshine, even on the coldest days, is always a good thing. My house is cleaner than ever, a result of indoor busy-ness and need for activity. My now-you-see-it-now-you-don’t running program is actually getting some use, as I dash from the car to the store, and then dash back out again. It’s not all bad. (Actually, I’m living a pretty charmed life and I’m grateful for it.)

Anyway, this week I’ve been seeking out ways to warm up from the inside out, and I found these treats:

Creamy Hot Cocoa (low cal version)

Dark Hot Chocolate

Low Cal Eggnog (not really a warm beverage, but it’s best enjoyed huddled under an afghan or quilt while sipping. If you have a fireplace, it’s even warmer.)

Red Hot Chili Poppers

And there’s always soup or chili, of course. I’ve enjoyed the Taco Soup I made a few weeks ago. I’ll probably pull the last of it from the freezer this weekend. I bought some hot salsa to spice it up a bit without adding a bunch of calories. Yummy!

What are your favorite healthy-ish winter warm-ups? Double bonus points if it can be made in the crockpot or the microwave. :)

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  1. Spiced, low cal Cranberry Juice warmed with a cinnamon stick and 2 cloves. Top it with an orange slice if you have one. Yum. And, of course, the ever popular crockpot turkey chili.

  2. Oh the hot chocolate sounds good. I like to add a little cinnamon with mine. Love, love.

  3. Thx for the recipes. You know me, not a cook or baker but I try sometimes. My winter warm-up, my heated blanket!!!! :-) You have tempted me with those warm treats!

  4. Spicy food is definitely a must for cold weather. Hey, what about putting chili powder and cinnamon in hot chocolate? It was all the rage at the local market. I wanna try it.

    You need a snuggie.

  5. Split pea and ham soup, lentil soup, cocoa of course.

    Thanks for the support over on my blog.

    You rock!!!

  6. i am a big eggnog fan, i might try that recipe first! thanks for the ideas :)

  7. I love hot chocolate made from cocoa powder on the stove. It has a richer taste than the boxed stuff & Splenda does fairly well.

    I eat tons of sweet potatoes in the fall & early winter because they are usually on sale. I love to nuke them in the microwave & top with a mixture of black beans & mild rotel tomatoes that I warmed on the stove (or in the microwave). Top with a tiny dollop of sour cream to balance the heat from the chiles & that is all. Simple, but warm & cozy tasting.

    Have a great week!

  8. even i can not believe Ive become such a tea addict this cold (for us) texas winter.
    Im morphing into an old woman :) with my tea, books, blanket and earlytobed.

  9. Oh, I am totally with you on the winter loathing! I use my slow cooker at least once a week this time of year. And I love, love, love herbal hot teas. I wish we could hibernate…