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10 Delicious Hot Chocolate Recipes That Will Keep You Warm This Winter

10 Delicious Hot Chocolate Recipes That Will Keep You Warm This Winter

Imagine the scenario: cold winter evening, the wind blows, snow slowly starts falling, and you’re in your favorite chair, getting ready to watch your favorite show on TV and prepare yourself a hot chocolate.

What a lovely sight, huh?

Today we are giving you ten delicious hot chocolates that will keep you warm this winter; you’ll have new variations to try and recipes you haven’t tried before. We’re sure you’ll have some warm winters now.

Let’s dive in.

1. Coconut Tres Leches Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate recipe with coconut

    Coconut blends with chocolate so well! This combination is very easy to prepare, as you need three kinds of milk (that’s where the “Tres Leches” comes from) to mix with cocoa powder. The coconut milk reduces sweet cravings and provides a nice energy boost, which makes it a healthy enrichment of your regular hot chocolate recipe.

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    The foam is rich, decorate it with melted chocolate and enjoy.

    2. Red Wine Hot Chocolate

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      This might sound like an awkward combination, but the results will surprise you. This beverage might become your favorite one. And it can’t be more simple: add red wine into the chocolate and milk mix. Red wine is healthy for your heart and bones, which is just one more reason to add it to the hot chocolate and enjoy.

      3. Gingerbread Hot Cocoa

      hot cocoa with gingerbread and marshmallows

        Christmas is coming – and what treats remind us of Christmas better than gingerbread cookies?

        When you combine the crunchy gingerbread cookies with hot chocolate, you can create holiday-decorated pieces that look and taste beautiful. Adding marshmallows or whipped cream enriches the pleasant experience. Don’t worry if it sounds too sweet – ginger lowers blood sugar.

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        4. Cheesecake Hot Chocolate

        cheesecake hot chocolate

          The cream cheese is added to the hot chocolate. This is simple, yet truly tasty. This is the recipe that both cheesecake lovers and hot chocolate lovers will fall in love with. Cheese contains protein, and it’s good for people with high blood pressure. When you’re enjoying this delight, make sure you’re using a room-temperature cream cheese, to ensure the perfect blending.

          5. Mexican Hot Chocolate

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            Hot chocolate + chili powder = some really hot chocolate. This unique mix will bite your tongue and make the sweetness even better. It’s an extraordinary mix, definitely worth trying. And when we mention that chili fights inflammation, relieves pain, and helps cardiovascular health you simply don’t have any more excuses not to try this recipe.

            6. Candy Cane Cocoa

            Candy Cane Hot Cocoa

              Candy canes remind us of warm beverages, sweet flavors and happy times with our families. The slow cooker is the tool of the trade here – the mixture of cocoa, milk, water, and bittersweet chocolate will taste great. With the taste of caramelized sugar melting, your warm evening by the fireplace is complete.

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              Share a candy cane with your loved one, and enjoy the evening together. Some like it melted, or crumbled on top of the beverage to enrich the taste and the experience – there are many possibilities.

              7. Orange Pisco Hot Chocolate

              orange pisco hot chocolate

                The chocolate and orange mix is among most important discoveries of the 20th century. Seriously, if you haven’t tried this combination, you should do that. The orange pisco is full of fibers and vitamins, and it fights cancer, kidney disease, and infection.

                As the marshmallows are the most common addition to the hot chocolate, they are most welcome in this combination, to add to that structure and beautiful feeling in the mouth when you’re consuming this treat. Mix the cocoa, bittersweet chocolate, milk and water, add whipped cream and then garnish it with orange pisco. Yummy!

                8. Vegan Chai Hot Chocolate

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                  Vegan treats have proven that they are delicious hundreds of times before. Here we have another example of a vegan treat tasting delicious. The benefits of the vegan nutrition are known worldwide, and the health benefits of this drink are numerous. This main ingredient of this treat is almond milk, which is very healthy. Add the cinnamon to the mix and you have a healthy treat that you should drink every day. The “secret” addition is chai spice.

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                  9. Aztec Hot Chocolate Recipe

                  aztec hot chocolate

                    Cinnamon, chocolate pieces, chili, and espresso. That is the combination that will wake you up in an instant. The beautiful taste is reached after 4 hours of cooking in a slow cooker, an excellent tool for making delicious meals. Adding the espresso into the mix makes the Mexican recipe better and provides a surge of energy. You can vary the mixture of ingredients and their quantities (eg. the espresso – chili ratio) depending on your taste.

                    10. Ginger Hot Chocolate

                    ginger hot chocolate

                      Our last recipe for today is the all-time classic. The ginger candy is an addictive, potent and tasty treat that people might get hooked on quickly. Adding it (or the ground ginger, or even mixture of both) to the favorite blend of cocoa, milk and chocolate will produce a great beverage. When hot chocolate is the topic, many people go even further and decorate it with many other tasty details.

                      Are you that kind of person? Do you decorate your hot chocolate or make it and just focus on enjoying the beverage?

                      Have you tried any of the recipes below, and if you did, which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below.

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                      How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                      How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                      We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                      We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                      So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                      Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                      What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                      Boundaries are limits

                      —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                      Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                      Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                      Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                      Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                      How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                      Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                      1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                      Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                      You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                      To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                      You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                      • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                      • When do you feel disrespected?
                      • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                      • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                      • When do you want to be alone?
                      • How much space do you need?

                      You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                      2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                      Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                      Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                      3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                      Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                      That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                      Sample language:

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                      • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                      • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                      • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                      • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                      • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                      • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                      • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                      Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                      4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                      Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                      Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                      Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                      We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                      It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                      It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                      Final Thoughts

                      Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                      Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                      Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                      The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                      Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                      Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                      They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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