The demand for nourishing, functional and natural beverages has never been higher!
Walk the aisles of your local grocery store, stop into your favorite cafe, or scroll through Instagram and you’ll be sure to find a new drink promising to boost your immunity, sooth your digestion, or detox your liver. While tea and coffee remain the most popular beverages across the world (second to good old H2O!) the popularity of new and trendy health-promoting drinks is here to stay!
With cold weather settling in across much of the country, I’m sharing my favorite warming, soul-soothing, and YES immune-boosting beverages you can make at home for pennies on the dollar.
Plus, did you know? Science shows that drinking hot beverages may promote more prosocial behaviors and feelings of positivity. As the days cool off, our exposure to sunlight lessens, and we start spending more time indoors, there is no better time to start incorporating nourishing warm drinks into your day!
For the FULL article, check out my latest piece in Health and Wellness Magazine.
Featuring the powerful properties of cocoa, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, and black pepper.
- Golden Milk
Turmeric a cousin of ginger, has anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties, helpful for digestion and liver function
Make your own “Golden Milk” by whisking together the following on the stove over low heat: 1 cup of unsweetened plant-milk, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla, 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric, 1/2 teaspoon of ceylon cinnamon, and an 1/8 teaspoon of ground ginger, and a pinch of black pepper. Stevia or maple syrup optional.
- Cinnamon Cacao
Cocoa powder (or Cacao) is rich in iron, antioxidants, and compounds that may be beneficial to cardiovascular health, and of course, mood. Throw in ceylon cinnamon (“true cinnamon”) for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
Stir together 1 cup boiling water, 1.5 tbsp pure cocoa powder, 1/4 tsp vanilla, 1 ceylon cinnamon stick, and 1 packet of pure stevia or 1 tsp maple syrup.
- Ginger Soother
Ginger has an abundance of bioactive compounds that give it anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. A must for the winter-time!
Make a potent ginger beverage by boiling 1 cup water, 1/4 ground ginger (or 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, chopped), 1 tbsp of lemon juice, and a pinch of black pepper and maple syrup or honey.
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