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Four Healthy Hot Drinks For Cold Winter Days

Four Healthy Hot Drinks For Cold Winter Days

We’ve put together four cafe-grade recipes for hot drinks to make at home. The method for all of these is the same simple process: add the dry ingredients to a cup, heat the milk, combine and then stir in the sweetener. 

 

1. Spiced Cacao

 

A healthy hot chocolate is not, we maintain, an oxymoron. Cacao is high in potassium and magnesium, and cacao flavanols have been found to improve cognitive function and improve heart health [1] – win, win, win.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp cacao powder
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger 
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp blackstrap molasses
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1 cup plant-based milk

2. Turmeric Latte

 

 

The anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric have long been lauded [2], but unless we’re eating regular curries, it can be difficult to fit in the recommended intake. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp ground turmeric 
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper (required to allow the body to digest turmeric and reap the benefits)
  • 1 tsp date syrup
  • 1 cup plant-based milk

 

3. Matcha Latte

 

Traditionally used by Buddhist monks to aid concentration and mental harmony during meditation [3], Matcha is a good alternative to coffee because of its high-caffeine content.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp matcha powder
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 cup plant-based milk

 

4. Tea-free Masala Chai

 

Unless you’re buying from a brand like Miks Chai, pre-made Chai is generally packed with sugar. This recipe is easier to make than tea-based chai, and adding extra maple syrup is entirely endorsed.

Ingredients:

  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground cardamom
  • ¼ tsp ground garam masala
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 cup plant-based milk

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