Six Healthy, Warming Drinks (That Aren’t Coffee)

What could be cozier than curling your fingers around a steaming mug of deliciousness, watching the leaves change color or the snowflakes fall?

Nothing beats a warm drink in the fall and winter months—or all year round, for that matter. But unfortunately, some common go-tos, like processed hot chocolate or coffee loaded up with ream and sugar, aren’t always the healthiest options.

Looking to switch up your routine? Here are six warm, tasty beverages that are not just good, but good for you:

1.) Golden Milk Tea

Golden Milk Tea is a great way to get the many health benefits of spices like turmeric and ginger, all by packing them into a warm and wholesome beverage that’s an absolute treat to sip on during a spell of cold weather. In particular, turmeric is a darling of the health world, noted for its proven ability to reduce inflammation, help control blood sugar levels, improve brain function, and maybe even help ward off heart disease and cancer.

This drink takes warm and nutty turmeric, mixes it with a punch of gingery heat, and balances out the spice with smooth coconut milk and, if you need it just a little lighter still, your favorite all-natural sweetener.

For a delicious Golden Milk Tea recipe to try this season, check out this super-simple recipe from Cooking Light.

And for even more inspiring ideas to drink your turmeric – including another great recipe for Golden Milk Tea – be sure to try these excellent recipes from Food Babe.

2.) Savory Bone Broth

Who said a healthy and energizing hot drink had to be sweet? Bone broth is a delicious and nutrient-dense way to supplement your diet. In addition to being warming and filling, bone broth may be a healthful choice to pour in your thermos, according to food scientists and nutritionists.

In fact, research has shown that regularly drinking bone breath may help promote healthy digestion, strengthen muscles and bones, give the immune system a boost, and more. It is a major skin and gut healer, and really is soup for the soul. For more on the healing and healthy effects of bone broth, the Chicago Bone Broth company offers a great guide, here. We also spotlighted this local business owner in a past edition of our newsletter, The Swell. You can check that out here

For some ideas on how to add warm bone broth to your winter routine, check out this handy guide from Kettle and Fire. Looking to bust out the crock pot and make your own? This recipe from Mercola is a great way to get started. 

3.) Hot Mulled Cider

What’s a cold day without a steaming mug of warm mulled cider? You can quickly make your own version of this cold weather staple by warming apple juice on the stove, along with your favorite fruits, juices, and spices. Healthful cinnamon and ginger are common ingredients in a spiced cider; to make things even more nutritious, why not add in your favorite antioxidant-loaded fruits, like cranberries, pomegranates, or blueberries?

To get inspired, check out Shape’s recipe for light and flavorful apple cider, available here. For a few ideas on how to give your cider a fruity, healthful twist, Mashable has a great list of ideas, here.

4.) Lemon Water

Starting your day with a cup of warm lemon water may just what it takes to get you set down a healthy and productive path. In addition to helping you stay hydrated, lemon water may just offer some unique health benefits—and a burst of energy. Lemons are loaded with vitamin C, and have been shown to help promote weight loss, aid digestion, improve kidney health, and even benefit your skin.

Want to add a little variety to your lemon water routine? You can mix it up by brewing your next serving with a flavorful, healthy addition. Fresh mint and ginger, for example, pair very well with lemon, while also giving this warming drink a nutrient boost.

Want to make lemon water perfectly suited for your tastes? Healthline has a guide to get you started, here. For an easy recipe with a minty twist, check out MyRecipes’ suggestion, here.

5.) Apple Cider Vinegar Tea

Looking to try something new/off the beaten path? Tart, sweet, and delicious, a cup of apple cider vinegar tea can be an incredibly healthful and detoxifying way to sip in the colder months.

This recipe combines apple cider vinegar—which has been shown to help reduce blood sugar, aid in weight loss, lower cholesterol, and improve heart health—with cinnamon, a super-healthy seasoning that is loaded with disease-fighting antioxidants. To round out the taste, you may wish to add lemon, cayenne pepper, and maple syrup.

Want to see how this healthy drink comes together? Check out the recipe via Clean Eating, available here.

6.) Pumpkin Spice Drink (Hold the Milk and Espresso)

What could be a more surefire sign of fall’s arrival than the return of pumpkin spice to coffee shop counters and grocery store aisles? Pumpkin spiced coffee drinks are a staple of the season, but some of them can also be unhealthy and expensive.

We found ways you can make a great pumpkin spice drink at home—with healthier ingredients, and at a fraction of the cost.

While the traditional mix of seasonings that goes into pumpkin spice has its benefits, the real star of your drink should be real pumpkin puree. Pumpkin is a remarkably nutritious food, loaded with potassium, fiber, and vitamin C. Combine real pumpkin, healthy spices, and ditch the fattening milk and caffeine-loaded espresso, and you’ve got a tasty, invigorating drink—with none of the guilt.

Want to brew up this new fall classic in no time? Check out the recipes available from Clean Eating, here, and the Five Heart Home blog, here.

Do You Have a Favorite Hot, Healthy Drink?

And now, the Enrollment Specialists would love to hear from you! Do you have a favorite healthy, warming drink? Is there a nutritious recipe that you just have to make when there’s a chill in the air? Let us know all of your fall and winter favorites over on Facebook, where our community of followers keeps the health and wellness conversation going, whatever the weather. We’re not just your health and life insurance brokers – we’re your health and wellness gurus.

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