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Karina Arnold
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Karina Arnold is a sophomore at the University of Oklahoma who’s passionate about healthy cooking. She provides creative, healthy recipes and tips on clean eating.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Peppermint Hot Chocolate. (Photo: Karina Arnold)

Nov.  25, or Black Friday, officially commences holiday celebration. Cuddling by the fire, hanging ornaments and decorating with Christmas lights often fill winter weekends. 

Before stepping out into crisp winter air (in Houston, slightly chillier weather), start your day with warm lemon water or tea. With multiple benefits, including kick-starting your metabolism, these drinks keep you warm and awake. Tea and warm lemon water naturally energize and detoxify your body, perfect for those mornings where your warm bed and fuzzy socks are calling your name. 

Chai Tea

Chai Tea. (Photo: Karina Arnold)

Make sweet memories with your loved ones by stirring up some Peppermint Hot Chocolate. Proven to aid in indigestion, nausea and headaches, peppermint adds a sweet holiday flavor to your hot cocoa. 

After a tiring week, I love watching Christmas specials while sipping this Chai Tea. I recommend substituting cow’s milk with coconut milk for a dairy-free option. This Turmeric Latte is another healthy option to warm up this winter. 

This holiday season, warm your heart and body with these hot beverages. Best when enjoyed with loved ones, these drinks will become a holiday favorite. What are your favorite holiday traditions or drinks? Comment below!  

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