6 Hot Drinks to Help You Warm Up and Slim Down

Recipe posted in: Shakes, Smoothies & Drinks
Hot coffee with foam decorations on top

A warm drink can make you feel cozy, sure, but it can also help you feel less heavy once winter is over—consuming a hot liquid 60 minutes before a healthy meal has been shown to help dieters consume fewer calories when it’s time to eat.

But if you don’t like plain black tea, or coffee makes you jittery in the evening, you can still enjoy these weight loss benefits—try one of these six delicious, low-calorie hot drinks to warm up and slim down. And there’s a bonus: Each drink has an additional health benefit hidden inside.

And once you’ve checked out these cozy cups, try our Almond Joy Hot Chocolate or our Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate, both equally delicious and totally guilt-free!

1. Minty Low-Calorie Hot Cocoa

Servings: 1

Counts As: 1 PowerFuel and 1 Extra

Commercial hot cocoa mixes are hiding a secret: sugar. The average hot chocolate from the grocery store has more than 25 grams of sugar. This minty alternative has none—and the mint could be beneficial for weight loss. In a study from a university in West Virginia, dieters who took a sniff of peppermint every two hours consumed 1,800 fewer calories over a five-day period compared to when they didn’t inhale the scent. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to get the easy recipe!

2. 2-Ingredient Fruity Green Tea

Servings: 1
Counts as: Free Food

Green tea protects against multiple types of cancer, lowers bad cholesterol, fends off tooth decay, and helps with weight loss: In one study, those who drank 2 cups of green tea each day lost 2.6 more pounds over 90 days than those who didn’t drink it. But it can be … well, boring. Add a shot of even more antioxidants—and guilt-free fruity flavor—with just a spoonful of frozen berries. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to get the easy recipe!

3. Easy Homemade Chai

Servings: 3

Counts as: 1 PowerFuel and 1 Extra

This simple and healthy chai recipe’s slimming secret: Almond milk instead of whole. Using almond milk saves a pile of calories: One cup contains fewer than 40 calories, while a cup of watery skim milk can contain 90 or more. But the thickness of the almond milk means this warming drink still tastes rich. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to get the easy recipe!

4. Orange Spice Tea with Ginger

Servings: 3

Counts as: Free Food

Ginger has long been a staple of natural medicine, used to treat stomach ailments, inflammation, nausea, and others. And science backs up many of its claims, including the treatment of arthritis: In a study of 261 arthritis patients, those who took a ginger extract twice per day had less need for pain-relieving pills and felt less pain overall. Even if you don’t have arthritis, you can reduce inflammation in your body—or just enjoy the taste in this spicy orange drink. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to get the easy recipe!

5. Spiced Lemonade

Servings: 1

Counts as: 1 Extra

Lemonade is a summer staple, but fresh lemon is a miracle in tea and hot beverages. And the fruit is, of course, packed with vitamin C. But it’s the cinnamon in this drink that provides the bonus benefit, and it’s for your blood sugar: In a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, when subjects had a drink with cinnamon, they increased sugar metabolism by a factor of 20 at the next meal. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to get the easy recipe!

6. Peppermint-Fennel Green Tea

Servings: 1

Counts as: Free Food

You’ve already heard about the benefits of peppermint and green tea, but the fennel in this refreshing drink pulls its weight when losing weight, too: The celery-like plant can aid in digestion and has antibacterial properties. But its best benefit in this drink? It will make your breath smell incredible. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to get the easy recipe!

On Nutrisystem, Count As: Minty Low-Calorie Hot Cocoa = 1 PowerFuel and 1 Extra | 2-Ingredient Fruity Green Tea = Free Food | Easy Homemade Chai = 1 PowerFuel and 1 Extra | Orange Spice Tea with Ginger = Free Food | Spiced Lemonade = 1 Extra | Peppermint-Fennel Green Tea = Free Food


  • Minty Low-Calorie Hot Cocoa
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk with added protein
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 drop mint extract
  • ½ packet natural sweetener
  • 2-Ingredient Fruity Green Tea
  • Green tea bag of your choice
  • ¼ cup frozen mixed berries
  • Enough boiling water to fill your cup
  • Easy Homemade Chai
  • 3 cups unsweetened almond milk with added protein
  • 6 black peppercorns
  • 3 bags of black tea (your favorite)
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 1 crushed cinnamon stick
  • ¼ tsp. ground ginger
  • Star anise to taste (optional)
  • 1 cup water
  • Orange Spice Tea with Ginger
  • ½ tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • Peel from half an orange (use a vegetable peeler and avoid the white pith)
  • ¼ cup juice from half an orange
  • 3 black tea bags
  • 3 full tea cups of boiling water
  • Spiced Lemonade
  • 1 lemon, sliced thin
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • ½ cinnamon stick
  • 1 shake of nutmeg
  • Enough boiling water to fill your cup
  • Peppermint-Fennel Green Tea
  • 1 bag of your favorite plain green tea
  • ½ tsp. fennel seed
  • ½ tsp. dried mint leaves
  • ¼ tsp. coriander seed (optional)
  • ¼ tsp. cumin seed (optional)
  • Enough boiling water to fill your tea cup


  1. Heat milk and water until near boiling. Stir in cocoa, mint and natural sweetener.
  2. Place berries on the bottom of your cup. Pour in boiling water and steep with tea bag for 3 minutes. Remove tea bag and spoon off berries.
  3. In a medium saucepan, bring the water, almond milk, and spices to a boil. Remove from the heat, add tea bags, and wait 5-8 minutes. Strain and serve
  4. Steep the tea, ginger and cinnamon in the water for 5 minutes. Add the orange juice and orange peels. Stir and enjoy.
  5. Steep the lemon slices and spices for 5 minutes. Then stir in the honey, using the cinnamon stick as a stirrer.
  6. Steep all ingredients in the water for 3-4 minutes, then strain out the spices and remove the tea bag.