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My favorite holiday flavor will be taking on a fresh new twist this year! I love this seasonal flavor and you will too because not only are candy canes low calorie, they are also easy to sneak into your favorite drinks. These three recipes are going to change your life beauties. You’re gonna love this!

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1. Fresh Way To Start The Day – Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Never buy powdered chocolate pouches again! This fresh twist on a winter favorite is guaranteed to bring more holiday cheer in your mugs this year.

Ingredients

1 cup of milk (any variety – soy, almond, etc.)

2 ounces of dark chocolate (preferably 60% cacao)

1/2 tsp of powdered sugar (or artificial sweetener – use a pinch if so)

1/4 tsp of vanilla extract

dash of cinnamon

1 mini candy cane

Directions

1 – Finely chop the chocolate into small pieces if not using chips.

2 – Warm the milk in a saucepan on low heat.

3 – Add all ingredients, except the candy cane and stir for 4 minutes.

4 – Remove from heat. Pour in a mug and then add the candy cane.

5 – It will melt in the mug, and the flavor will melt in your mouth – yum!

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2. Post Workout Freshness – Peppermint Smoothie

I plan on throwing a hint of peppermint in my everyday post workout smoothie boo and you should too.

Ingredients

1 cup of vanilla non fat Greek yogurt

1/3 cup of vanilla milk (any variety – soy, almond, etc.)

2 crushed mini candy canes

1/2 cup frozen strawberries

1/2 frozen banana

1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (optional)

Directions

1 – Load your blender in the order listed.

2 – Blend until smooth.

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3. Holiday Shots – Peppermint Vodka

Easy as 1, 2, 3. Holiday spirit on deck. See what I did there?

Ingredients

10 crushed mini candy canes

1 cup of Vodka

1/2 cup of Vanilla Vodka

Directions

1 – Crush the mini candy canes in the bottom of a medium sized jar.

2 – Add the vodka and cover.

3 – Allow to sit 3 – 4 days, preferably somewhere dark.

4 – Shake periodically to blend.

5 – When ready to use, strain into a separate jar to trap any undissolved candy pieces.

6 – Serve to your friends as a fresh way to start the night.

Robbie Ann Darby (RAD Experience) is a professional FitGirl, Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer in NYC. Follow her sweaty life on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more fun health and fitness tips!

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