4 Low-Calorie Holiday Drinks

Peppermint Hot Cocoa


Get cozy on the couch with my lightened-up take on this holiday classic. It has half the calories of coffee shop hot cocoa, but tastes every bit as rich and chocolaty.


Heat 3 cups skim milk in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until the milk is hot and starting to steam. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in 4 teaspoons sugar, 1/4 teaspoon each peppermint and vanilla extracts, a pinch of kosher salt, and 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips. Continue to whisk until the chocolate is completely melted. Pour into mugs and garnish with whipped cream if desired. Makes 3 (1 cup) servings. 175 calories per serving.