During the cold winter months, there is nothing more comforting than a mug of steaming hot chocolate, mulled wine or eggnog, in front of a roaring fire. These drinks are warm and satisfying, but often laden with sugar and fat, meaning they are not that great for your health. There are lots of healthy alternatives to the calorie laden winter favourites; that will keep you toasty warm and offer health giving properties to boot. Try one of these delicious drinks to keep you warm, healthy, and hydrated throughout the winter.
Hot water, Lemon, and Honey is a classic warming winter drink, known for its health-giving properties. Everyone has had a steaming hot cup of lemon and honey infused water made for them by their mother or grandma when the first signs of a cold show. Hot honey and lemon water offers a myriad of benefits, it can boost the functioning of the immune system and the adrenal glands, balances the bodies pH levels, improves absorption of nutrients and cleanses the urinary track, flushing out toxins from the body. It’s a simple but satisfying drink that will keep you warm, healthy and hydrated.
Ginger tea is the perfect drink to start off your day with. Ginger is renowned for its healing properties; it’s loaded with nutrients that have numerous benefits for the body and brain. Ginger is packed with antioxidants, it can help fight the common cold and flu, aide’s digestion and contains powerful anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols. Ginger is considered one of the healthiest and most delicious spices on the planet. Steeped in hot water, it’s the perfect drink to kick start your day. Chai tea latte is a delicious, healthier alternative to a creamy coffee. Chai, tea is an aromatic, malty Indian drink, that’s low in caffeine and packed with exotic spices that have lots of health benefits. You can make your chai tea mix, or buy it premixed loose, or in teabags, it can be found in most health food stores and is simple to make. To make a creamy latte, steep in hot almond milk and top with a sprinkling of cinnamon. It’s a healthy indulgence that can be served morning, noon and night.
Matcha green tea is known as a superhero amongst teas; it’s a concentrated powdered green tea that’s loaded with antioxidants and nutrients. It’s packed with chlorophyll, a superfood which gives it its vivid green colour, and health benefits, which include improved digestion and liver detoxification, protects skin health and speeds up wound healing.
Hot apple cider with cinnamon is a delicious winter warmer that always hits the spot. “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” as the saying goes, so what better excuse do you need to indulge in this satisfying drink on a cold winters day. It will keep you warm and hydrated while boosting your immune system thanks to its high levels of vitamin C.
Hot turmeric milk is a traditional Ayurvedic drink that boosts health and vitality. It’s a bedtime drink that promotes sleep and will send you easefully off to the land of nod. Turmeric is known to heal many ailments including colds, headaches, indigestion and arthritis, as well as being a powerful detoxifier that can protect against cardiovascular disease and aide neurological disorders.
Soup is not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of drinks to keep you warm, healthy and hydrated, but clear soups tick all three boxes. A clear soup packed with fresh veggies and lean protein is a filling, nutritious, hydrating alternative to a hot drink.
Almond & maple hot chocolate, is a healthier alternative to a traditional hot chocolate. It’s just as sweet and satisfying as the real thing but is far healthier. Simply replace the milk and cream with almond milk and sweeten with maple syrup. Almond milk is high in omega fatty acids, contains 50% of your RDA of vitamin E and is cholesterol and saturated fat free. While maple syrup is a natural sweetener, that tastes delicious and is packed with vitamins and minerals. It’s the perfect drink to curb those chocolate cravings and satisfy a sweet tooth! Ensure you stay warm, healthy, and hydrated this winter with one of these delicious drinks. Happy drinking!