5 Hot drinks for winter!

Posted in: Tips & Tricks | by: Olid Uddin

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. If ever there were more of a reason to enjoy a hot drink, a drink that warms you down to your toes. Whether at home or at work, we are going to list 5 hot drinks that can really ignite the warmth inside you and have proven benefits to your well-being. although we normally focus on vending drinks we know many people like to experiment with different hot drinks at home so here’s a few to test out when you are in the mood. Check our compiled list of secret recipes backed by industry experts.

1. Hot Chocolate

Yes we know, hot chocolate is not a secret recipe, call us nostalgic but a good old hot chocolate in winter simply cannot be ignored. Apart from the well-known benefits of milk, when combined with cocoa, there are several additional benefits.According to a research conducted by Cornell University, hot chocolate contains more antioxidants than green tea and wine. Moreover, drinking hot chocolate is one of the most delicious ways to get chocolate’s powerful antioxidants. Hot chocolate contains a little bit more antioxidants than a bar of chocolate, which are released when the drink is heated up.

2. Hot water with lemon infusion

Ingredients:

1 to 1 1/2 cups boiling water
Juice of 1/2 freshly squeezed lemon
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
Pinch red chili powder or cayenne (boosts metabolism)
Pinch coarse sea salt
Pinch of sugar

Directions:

Mix in mug and stir well.

Why it works:

The health benefits of this concoction are real. According to Kantha Shelke, Ph.D., and principal at food consultancy Corvus Blue LLC, “this hot drink capitalizes on anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of turmeric, while the hot water and lemon combination flushes the liver and kidneys of toxins.

3. Spicy coconut tea tonic

Ingredients:

1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
1/2 cup filtered water
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon ground clove
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
Dash cayenne
1 Rooibos teabag of choice
Optional Secret ingredient: One drop pure cinnamon essential oil
1 cinnamon stick, for serving

Directions:

In a small saucepan, bring all ingredients (except cinnamon essential oil, if using) to a slow simmer. Let simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cinnamon essential oil. Strain, if desired, or pour straight into a teacup to sip and enjoy.

Why it works:

This drink “is a robust combination of immunity boosting powerhouse ingredients that will help soothe inflammation and digestive discomfort. In addition, it will provide anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-oxidant protection. It’s perfect to rev up your body’s natural fighting power. Plus, it’s absolutely delicious,” says holistic health coach, certified natural foods chef and founder of ‘Nourished life’ Shelley Hillesheim.

4. Apple cider with cinnamon

Ingredients:

1 cup cider and a cinnamon stick.

Directions:

Pour cider and add cinnamon stick.

Why it works:

“Apple cider is a good source of vitamin C and iron, and also contains the soluble fiber pectin, which may aid in reducing cholesterol. Vitamin C is essential for tissue repair and regeneration, and supports the healthy functioning of the immune system and adrenal glands, both of which can be impaired by stress (including the physical stress of cold weather),” says Janet McKenzie, a naturopathic doctor at Summit natural health centre. “Cinnamon promotes good digestion and can moderate blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. It’s easy to prepare; simply add a stick of cinnamon to a cup of cider and heat gently to the desired temperature.”

5. Almond Milk

Ingredients:

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
Dash cinnamon
Dash turmeric
Dash nutmeg
Dash cayenne pepper
Freshly ground ginger
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

Heat almond milk in saucepan, add all ingredients, then use a whisk or a hand-held frother to mix.

Why it works:

Ariane Hundt, a clinical nutritionist, created this hot drink, which she calls “a potent cold fighter.” She advises to “drink while it’s hot and feel the heat rising. Raising your body temperature is a good idea when you’re about to come down with the cold or flu. A fever, after all, is your body’s way of fighting an infection. Heat denatures viruses, so a sauna or sweat session plus hot liquids are a good way to fight off bugs. The cinnamon and nutmeg are warming and balance the blood sugar, while the cayenne pepper stimulates the metabolism and internal heat. Turmeric and ginger have anti-inflammatory properties and settle the stomach.

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