As the weather gets cooler and the days shorter, there’s nothing more comforting and relaxing than cozying up with a hot cup of something warm and delicious–and why not make the tea or drink of your choice nutritious and healing too. Here’s our go-to healthy and healing hot drinks (aka our winter cocktails):
Ginger is warming for the body and the perfect tea to enjoy before or with a meal to boost digestion. It can also relieve nausea.
A cup of green tea is packed with antioxidants and a small dose of caffeine. It can deliver a bit of a pick me up without the acidity and digestive disruption of coffee.
Peppermint is cooling and soothing for the tummy. Great to aid with any kind of stomach upset.
Steep a cup of black tea or rooibos tea with a cinnamon stick, some cardamom pods, some fresh ginger and whole cloves. Warm up some almond milk and mix it all together with a spoon of healing raw honey. Divine! The warming spices are soothing and loaded with antioxidants and cancer-preventing benefits.
Spicy Hot Cocoa
Hot chocolate is an all-time favorite treat and for good reason. Chocolate releases feel-good responses in our brain! Make your own by melting your favorite dark chocolate (85% works great). Stir in some cashew or coconut milk and sweeten with coconut sugar. For a little Mayan heat, add a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg. Whipped coconut cream is optional.
This one will get your inner digestive fire started and give your immune system a nice boost! Grate 1 tablespoon of fresh ginger into a cup and pour hot water over it. Let it steep for 5-10 minutes. Add the juice of 1/2 lemon, a sprinkle of cayenne pepper and one teaspoon of raw, local honey. Sip and enjoy slowly!
Healing Hot Toddy
Keep warm and rejuvenated with this vitamin C rich toddy, which is beneficial for immune function. The squeeze of lemon and black currant provide a dose of vitamin C. Add ¼ cup unsweetened black currant juice (or cranberry juice), 1 tbsp raw honey, 1 cup water, just below boiling temperature, 1 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice all together in a tea cup and stir well. Sip slow while wearing cozy socks!