While Elena was tiptoeing around her boyfriend’s apartment, wiping shards of mini candy canes off her feet, I was in my bed a few blocks further uptown still recovering from what will go down in history as The Coldest Night of my Life.
Cabs have been increasingly difficult to find the over past week or so in NY, and while I usually don’t mind a brisk walk home, I was not entertained by the lack of cabs on Saturday night at 2am on Avenue B. I’ll admit that the walk home only took me about 15 minutes, and that I was wearing (actually, clinging to) my knee-length puffy jacket. But no amount of down feathers could have prepared me for the bitter temperature and roaring wind in the East Village the weekend before Christmas. I guess I should’ve been better prepared (hat, scarf, gloves…pants?), I mean, I have lived my entire life- other than a 4-year-stint in DC- in New York. But alas I was not, and I scurried my freezing self home at a much faster pace than I ran the Jingle Bell Jog a few weeks ago.
By the time I woke up on Sunday morning I was still cold. My bones were cold, even though I was wrapped in a blanket that Kourtney Kardashian once said was the best blanket in the whole world. Thanks for nothing, Kourt. Since Kourtney’s blanket was utterly unhelpful, the only thing I could think of that might warm me up was hot chocolate: Swiss Miss Sensible Sweets hot chocolate, to be specific.
Swiss Miss Sensible Sweets looks and tastes exactly like their non-diet variety of the same product (at least I think it does– it’s been more than a decade since I’ve tried the original Swiss Miss so you might not want to take my word on that), but contains only 25 calories per powdery pouch. Just like regular Swiss Miss, adding boiling water or hot milk to the powder will give you a delicious warm cup of hot chocolate. Of course making it with milk adds a few calories, but even with a cup of skim milk (90 cals) you can still have a delicious and creamy mug of hot chocolate for under 130 calories!
I didn’t end up leaving to buy Swiss Miss Sensible Sweets until later in the day, when I had already warmed myself up with a combination of large sweatshirts and a bowl of very old butternut squash soup that I had lying around my apartment. But Swiss Miss Sensible Sweets is certainly a more, um, sensible way to ward off the winter cold!