Firstly, a very happy new year to everyone reading, we hope you had a lovely and relaxing holiday and have gathered some much-needed energy to tackle the next few cold winter months! As we try to keep warm in the remaining months before spring, it only makes sense that we will continue to crave heat and comfort -so, what better way is there than to make a hot drink to keep you company throughout the day?
Below are 5 warm and healthy drink ideas for you to try and enjoy!
1. Golden Milk
Also known as Turmeric Milk, this drink holds an abundance of health benefits, plus it’s tasty too! The main ingredient of golden milk, is, of course, turmeric – nature’s own anti-inflammatory superfood. Just add a teaspoon of that, along with a pinch of cinnamon, ground ginger and a sweetener of your choice, then mix into a glass of hot milk of your choice.
2. Healthy Hot Chocolate
This may not be the healthiest drink on this list, but it can definitely help with your cravings and is still much healthier than the instant off-the-shelf hot chocolate mixes. All you have to do is mix unsweetened cocoa powder/cacao-nib powder into the milk of your choice, in addition to a sweetener you pick. An optional addition of maca powder (derived from the root of a cruciferous vegetable native to Peru) can create a frothy hot chocolate, especially if you choose to make one with plant-based milk.
3. Matcha Latte
Matcha is the finest form of green tea, which is why it is considered to have many health benefits, such as providing anti-oxidants (it actually contains more anti-oxidants than your standard green tea [WebMD, 2020])!
Firstly, make sure to buy a matcha of the highest quality to truly experience everything that it has to offer. The key is to sift your matcha and add a little bit of warm water to it (according to instructions), after which you will traditionally have to whisk it. For the sake of convenience, however, a frother/fork does the job too. The final step is to add the milk of your choice! Matcha is also known to be highly caffeinated so make sure you are not consuming too much of it.
4. Black Tea
Evidence shows that black tea could potentially help reduce the risk of conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol, & kidney stones etc (WedMD, 2020).
The best way to have black tea is to brew the leaves or the bag in boiled hot water and then add a splash of milk, it’s as simple as that! You can even add a few leaves of mint for a bit of middle-eastern flavour
We hope these drinks help you keep warm and healthy this winter, & perhaps, with the money you save from purchasing a hot drink elsewhere and instead of making your own more budget-friendly drink, you could donate to one of our key campaigns: Make It Count, and support the provision of maternal care in rural Malawi this winter.
For many, this cold and dark season is not just uncomfortable, but has significant negative health impacts, especially for pregnant women, young mothers, & their children. Even a few pounds - the cost of a tea/coffee at your local cafe, could make a huge difference. Every £1 you donate goes towards the provision of quality healthcare for 2 people. When we say every penny counts, we really mean it!
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