During the winter months my home is stocked with herbal teas and honey. A warm cup of tea can brighten the dreariest of winter days. There are times though when I want a warm drink other than tea.
Here are a few of my favorite winter drinks. They are easy to make and each is made with natural ingeredience. Lets skip the over processed store bought drinks (hot chocolate mixes) this winter.
The juice of two ruby red grapefruit or two cups of bottled juice.
2 Tbsp of honey… I like mine less sweet, you may need more honey.
Sprinkle in a bit of cinnamon or use a cinnamon stick.
Place the ingredients in a small sauce and simmer until warm, do not boil. Remove cinnamon stick and pour tea into your favorite mug.
The spice Turmeric has made its way into the super food category with its immune boosting properties. Turmeric also is reported to prevent cancer and clean the plaque buildup on the brain. It’s easy to find Turmeric in the spice isle at your local grocery store and it costs less than $5.00 so what the heck lets add it to our diet.
Creamy Turmeric Drink
1 cup almond milk (any milk will do- 2%, soy, or coconut)
¼ to ½ tsp turmeric this spice’s strong color can stain objects.
2 tsp of honey
¼ tsp ground cardamom or a few whole pods crushed
A pinch of ground ginger or slivers of fresh
A few drops of vanilla
A dash of ground cloves
And a pinch of black pepper
Heat all ingredients in a small pan, do not boil. Strain the milk mixture before drinking. I use a tea strainer to remove the cardamom pods and slivers of fresh ginger.
Apple cider use to be available in store only in the fall. Today I find it well into the winter months. Warming the cider and adding cinnamon makes for a nice treat on a cold night. My husband likes to add a bit of butter and a shot of rum to his cup.
The internet is a great place to find recipes for healthily warm drinks and with our grocery stores providing huge assortments of fresh ingredients and spices it takes little effort to prepare a healthily beverage. Pass on the store bought bottled drinks loaded with sugar and mystery ingredients. Instead give yourself the gift of beneficial healthy nutrients this winter. Your body will thank you!
by Jill Eudaly
photos by Jill Eudaly