By Jacqueline Samaroo
Brrr, it’s cold! Whether you are in the company of family and friends or taking the time to quietly reflect at the end of the day, we’ve got just the thing to warm you up. Here are 5 seriously yummy and healthy drinks to keep you warm and fuzzy on the inside no matter the temperature outside!
- Lemon Ginger Tea
Sliced ginger root and lemon added to boiling water is all it takes to make this refreshing and healthy drink. Ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties help ease muscle soreness and it effectively treats nausea while lemon is loaded with vitamin C, aids digestive health and reduces cholesterol levels. No matter how bleak it starts out, here’s hoping the rest of your day will reflect the bright and cheerful flavors of this delightful brew.
- 5-Minute Vegan Golden Milk
This is one of those “I’m living my best life” drinks. Its East Indian golden milk or turmeric tea, traditionally made with milk and turmeric. This recipe ups the nutrition with both coconut and almond milk along with ginger and cinnamon. The spicy heat from ground black pepper is balanced by your favorite healthy sweetener. It also includes a little coconut oil to aid the absorption of turmeric so you can enjoy all of its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant goodness. This warm golden treat proves healthy living can taste great!
- Healthy Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate
The ingredient list of this vegan and paleo-friendly winter staple contains almond milk, raw cacao powder, pure maple syrup, vanilla extract and sea salt. Raw cacao powder is chock full of antioxidants, calcium, magnesium and iron, while almond milk has plenty of vitamin E and healthy fats to lower your risk of heart disease. If nut allergies nix the almond milk for you, then a heart-healthy replacement is coconut milk. Healthy living and special diets come together beautifully in this tasty brew!
Feeling adventurous on a cold winter day? Try this variation of an Old English concoction. This recipe combines apple cider with pineapple, orange and lemon juices for a fruity flavor profile. Its apple cider, cinnamon and whole cloves are high in antioxidants. Plus, the cloves have antimicrobial effects and are proven to be quite good for your bones, liver and brain. The drink gets a kick of heat from its secret ingredient – cinnamon Red Hots!
- Quick and Easy Hot Milk with Cinnamon
Milk, honey, vanilla extract and ground cinnamon go together beautifully to create this soothing drink. Simply warm the milk and add the other ingredients before serving. Milk is famous for its bone-strengthening calcium while honey, vanilla and cinnamon are all rich in antioxidants. Plus, all four ingredients have proven heart-healthy benefits – a good point to reflect on while you let this delicious drink warm your soul.