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WIN 2017

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PHOTOGRAPHED BY CHRISTINE PETKOV Here are two hot drinks to take the chill out of the air. Recipes Hot and Spicy Virgin Mary 3 cups low-sodium tomato juice ¼ teaspoon salt 1 / 8 teaspoon chipotle chili powder 1 / 8 teaspoon smoked paprika 1 / 8 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon prepared white horseradish Combine tomato juice, salt, chili powder, paprika, pepper, lemon juice and horseradish in a small pot. Simmer over low heat 5 minutes, stirring frequently until hot. Makes 4 (6-ounce) servings Per serving: 40 calories / 0 grams fat / 1.75 grams protein / 8 grams carbohydrates / 260 milligrams sodium / 1.5 grams dietary fiber Lemon, Honey and Ginger Tea 1 teaspoon loose black tea leaves 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger root 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind 1 cup boiling water 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice 2 teaspoons honey Combine tea, ginger root and lemon rind in a tea infuser. Place in teapot. Pour in boiling water. Cover pot and steep tea 3 minutes. Stir in lemon juice and honey. Remove infuser. Pour tea into warm mug. Makes 1 (8-ounce) serving Per serving: 47 calories / 0 grams fat / 0 grams protein / 13 grams carbohydrates / 0 milligrams sodium / 0 grams dietary fiber Consider the impact of added salt, sweeteners and portion size when you're stirring up hot drinks, caution nutrition experts. "As you're thinking about adding ingredients, think about a beverage without a lot of sugar," says Alice G. Bender, a registered dietitian nutritionist. And drinking too much of even a healthy beverage isn't beneficial. "It's important to have an awareness of how much one is consuming and the quality of one's overall diet," says registered dietitian nutritionist Marjorie Nolan Cohn. But "if someone wants to enjoy a high-sugar-containing beverage once in a while, there's nothing really wrong with that," she says. "So if it's a sweetened hot cider once a week, have the 12 ounces and enjoy it. If you want hot cider three times a day, then do find an alternative." ADDING IT UP 7

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