Turmeric Milk: Heat 2c almond/coconut milk over med heat until warm; stir in 2t turmeric, 1/8t pepper, 1T coconut oil, honey to taste. Matcha Latte: Blend 1c non-dairy warm milk, 1-2t matcha, stevia/maple syrup to taste until smooth. Apple Cider Tonic: Blend 1.5c warm water, 1-3T raw and unfiltered apple cider, 1/3t cinnamon, honey to taste until well-combined.
It is no surprise that your body is going to crave warming foods in the winter. It is a common fact that the body’s digestive system slows, and will crave warm and cooked foods to help support it.
Here are five warming and healthy winter drinks to enjoy this winter (or all year round for that matter).
Turmeric is an herb that has so many beneficial properties. It is anti-inflammatory and full of antioxidants, making it ideal to use in the winter months, when our immune system may need an extra boost.
- 2 cups of almond or coconut milk
- 2 tsp of organic turmeric
- 1/8 tsp of pepper (which helps in absorption)
- 1 tbsp of coconut oil (optional)
- Honey or sweetener to taste
Makes two servings.
- Warm all the ingredients stove top, making sure not to boil.
- You can also blend afterwards to ensure all the ingredients are incorporated.
Warm Apple Cider Tonic
This is a non-traditional cider recipe, as it uses apple cider vinegar, and not the cider juice. Raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar is loaded with natural probiotics, due to the fermentation process it goes through to create it. 90% of our immune system is in our gut, and apple cider will provide it with the extra support it needs during cold and flu seasons. This is ideal to drink as the first thing in the morning.
- 1.5 cups of warm, pure, and filtered water
- Raw, unfiltered apple cider (start with 1 tbsp and up to 3 tbsp)
- 1/3 tsp of cinnamon
- Honey to taste (optional)
- Mix all the ingredients and enjoy!
Bone broth is so popular these days and it certainly deserves it. It is loaded with immune boosting properties and gut healing collagen.
- Purified water
- Collagen powder (optional)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Place the bones and water in a vessel and slow cook on a stove.
- Traditionally bone broth is slow cooked for 18-24 hours.
- Alternatively, you can use basic stock and/or add a scoop of collagen powder.
- Season with salt and pepper and enjoy.
I love matcha as an amazing alternative to coffee, without all the jitters. Matcha is just simply ground green tea leaves which is enormously high in anti-oxidants.
- 1 cup of non-dairy milk
- 1-2 tsp of matcha (start with 1 tsp and adjust per your taste)
- Sweetener to taste such as stevia, honey, maple syrup
- Warm the milk, and add into blender with the remaining ingredients until incorporated.
Liver-Loving Kaffe Mocha
Our liver is such an important organ. When we consume things like processed foods, excess caffeine, or alcohol, we need to give it some extra special loving care, since it is our body’s primary filtering system. Dandelion-based coffee substitutes are a herbal way to help support the liver, and still enjoy the flavors of coffee!
- 1 cup non-dairy milk and water mixture
- 2 scoops of dandelion based coffee alternative
- 1 tsp of raw cacao
- Sweetener of choice (optional)
- Warm the milk/water mixture, then add all ingredients into the blender and blend until foamy!