December seems to be made for mugs full of delicious hot chocolate and eggnog, but you can't constantly drink these for obvious health reasons and eventually, you will grow bored of the flavour. But don't worry, if you're looking for a healthy alternative to your favourite festive drink that you can also make while working in the office, there are plenty of options available. Down below are a few to try this December.
Peppermint tea is a refreshing beverage and is a great choice if you want a caffeine-free drink. This beverage is great to have any time of the day, though if you make a cup of peppermint tea while working, you will feel calm and refreshed which will give you that extra boost to get through the rest of the day.
Decaf coffee and milky coffee
Decaf coffee is the easiest option if you're craving a hot drink, whether it's at breakfast time or halfway through the working day. If you are able too, try and get decaf coffee which has gone through a natural Swiss Water decaffeination process as this is healthier than using methylene chloride. If you enjoy a milky coffee, try a 'skinny' version and opt for a smaller size to cut back on the calories. It's a good idea to have a coffee break to converse with colleagues, especially with a good quality cup of coffee in hand, as this can help bring you closer together.
Hot lemon water
For a citrus boost, squeeze some fresh lemon juice into a mug, add a slice of lemon if you wish and top with boiling water from the coffee machine. Hot lemon water is a good substitute if you are craving lemonade or sugar-filled drinks, but try to have it with some lunch as the acids in lemon juice can be harming to teeth.
Chamomile tea can be consumed at any time of the day to help you relax, and what's more, it doesn't contain any caffeine. Two types of chamomile are commonly used to make the tea, which is German chamomile and Roman chamomile. Some health stores may stock chamomile flowers which allows you to steep your own tea, though teabags would be easier when in the office.
If you want something a little more festive, Chai tea is the perfect choice, but watch out for coffee shop chai lattes as they contain a lot of sugar. To create a healthier version in the office, add boiling water to a chai tea bag and top up with low-fat milk to keep the saturates down. If you want more spice, sprinkle some cinnamon into the drink, although be sure to remember to bring some in with you as the office probably won't have any.
At The Office Coffee Company, there is a wide selection of tea and coffee available for you to make your own healthy hot drink in the office this winter.