Winter! Oh baby, its so cold. We all love to have a steaming hot drinks in winters, right? In this blog, we talk about some amazing drinks which will not only keep you warm this winter but, simultaneously will keep you warm and healthy. I am sure you will enjoy one of the following cups with a book in your hand. These drinks will not only keep you warm but rejuvenate you and revitalize your soul and body.
Spiced Hot Chocolate
Winters are usually categorised by cold, cosy nights, warm blankets and hot chocolate seems to be just perfect and now lets try this spiced hot chocolate. So keep calm and get your spiced hot chocolate on.
What You Need
Cinnamon stick – 1 inch (brake into tiny pieces)
Star anise – 1
Black cardamom – 1
Cloves – 3
Chilly Flakes – 1/3 tsp
Milk – 1 cup (250ml or 8.5fl ounce)
Sugar as required
Cacao powder – 1 tsp
How to Make it
Take a pan, put all the spices into it except cacao powder, add 1/4 cup water and allow it to boil, stir. Now add sugar. Once the water starts boiling, simmer it for a minute, now add 1 cup milk, bring it to boil. Turn off the gas and add cacao powder. Stir, sieve and serve hot.
Why it Works
Both cinnamon and cardamom added to this drink has the ability to help detox the body and they even boosts the immune system. They contain antimicrobial properties and optimize digestion. Poor digestion can always lead to skin problems. Many skin conditions like acne, eczema or dermatitis actually begin in the digestive system. Its only through proper digestion, one will get rid of the wastes. They contain anti inflammatory properties and protects the health of heart as well. They will improve your appetite and will help in getting rid of the problem of constipation as well.
The star anise that we add here is a major source of natural antioxidants and contains linalool and vitamin C. Due to these properties it prevents our body from cellular damage caused by free radicals and toxins. It also helps to improve digestion alleviate cramps and reduce nausea. However, it has mild sedative properties so, it may cure sleep disorders as well. On adding star anise, one may have this drink before going to bed. Without the addition of star anise, you may have this drink during any time of the day but, please avoid immediately after a meal.
Remember its cacao and not cocoa that we add in this drink. The first impression might seem like is the spelling but there is a little more to it. Both comes from cacao beans – the seeds or nuts of cacao tree. Raw cacao powder is made by cold pressing unroasted cacao beans. This process keeps the enzymes living and removes the fat, that is, cacao butter.Cocoa looks the same but its not. Cocoa powder is raw cacao that’s been roasted at high temperature. Sadly it reduces the enzyme content and lowers the overall nutritional value. So now you know what to look in a chocolate as well….. Cacao and not cocoa.
Yes, the raw organic cacao has surprising benefits for your skin. It contains protein, vitamin A and C, riboflavin, thiamine, calcium(more than cow’s milk), potassium, phosphorus, iron(highest plant source), copper, magnesium and omega 6. High in antioxidants, cacao blocks harmful free radicals in the body. Because of the presence of vitamin C and magnesium, it boosts ones immunity and gives a healthy heart and brain. As it contains omega 6 fatty acids and raw enzymes it helps in cellular healing and repairing and thus, detoxifying and rejuvenating.
The super absorbent properties of cacao protects the skin from harmful UV rays and acts as a natural sunscreen. One can improve the skins complexion as well as it provides hydration to the skin which is must for a younger looking skin.
Lemon, Honey and Ginger Tea
Early sunsets, big sweaters and warm cuppa of lemon, honey and ginger tea. Wow…. And, its really super easy to make. The heat and the ginger will warm you right up. You may also add a dash of either nutmeg or cinnamon or cardamom for a warm spicy flavour. These warm spices apart from adding just than a flavour, add a sense of comfort and some magical herbal elements too. This drink has high amount of vitamin, minerals and antioxidants that improve the overall health of a person. Altogether, this tea will not only just keep you warm but also rejuvenate and give you a number of health benefits – like keeping nausea, headache and common cold at bay.
What you Need
How to Make it
Grate the ginger into a pan or you may even mince the ginger with a sharp knife. Add either of nutmeg or cardamom or cinnamon powder. Pour one and a half cup water over it and let it boil. Simmer it for about 5-6 minutes and by this time the water quantity will reduce to one cup. Turn off the gas and wait for another minute. Meanwhile put the lemon juice and the honey in a mug. Strain the simmered water into the mug, stir to dissolve. You may vary the quantity of lemon juice and honey as per your taste if the lemon is too much for you.
Why it Works
The lemon and ginger in this drink are both excellent at fighting infections. Ginger has a long standing reputation as a healer. It rejuvenates the skin and has anti-aging properties that prevents the damage from free radicals and hence protect against aging. It will cure your stomach problems and prevent or may even stop nausea as well.
Lemon is rich in vitamin C, a nutrient that is packed with antioxidants and has immune boosting properties. Adding lemon to this drink is extremely good for cleansing the liver and flushing out the wastes and toxins (detoxifying). It aids digestion as well.
If you tend to catch infections easily or fall sick as soon as the weather changes, you must start drinking this tea to improve your immunity. Daily one cup is enough or you may have two at max. But yes if you are ill, you may have three as well for speedy recovery. So this powerful combination of lemon and ginger is exceptionally effective in treating any health disorders.
The raw honey added in this drink does wonders too. It counters pollen allergies and is a powerhouse of antioxidants. It is also known to be a blood purifier and aids to the production of new blood cells. Raw honey acts as a detox agent as well, which helps you to get rid of the toxins of the body. Please make sure not to add honey to boiling water as it destroys the molecular structure and makes it indigestible. It may also turn out to be toxic to some extent.
I have already listed the benefits of adding cinnamon and cardamom to this drink for the overall health earlier in this blog in the ‘Spiced Hot Chocolate’ recipe. Moving on to the addition of nutmeg, it is a popular spice having a long list of health benefits along with its ability to detoxify the body, known as a brain tonic, boost skin quality and reduce insomnia. It also strengthens the immune system, prevents leukaemia and improves blood circulation. Nutmeg includes the beneficial components like dietary fibre, manganese, thiamine, vitamin B6, folate, magnesium and copper which impacts ones health in a variety of ways. Adding this nutmeg boosts digestive and bone health as well.
Just try to replace your sugary drinks with any of the above healthy drinks this winter and see the difference yourself.