Winter is here. And there is nothing more that most of want to do than rug up under a cozy blanket with a warm drink.
Hot chocolates are the popular choice for winter. Though some do love a warm milky tea or coffee.
And as much as we love those drinks, sometime the sugar and dairy can be a bit too much. No one wants to be uncomfortable and bloated!
But what if your tasty, cosy, warm drink could actually be good for you? Time for some anti-inflammatory goodness!
There are certain ingredients – like ginger, turmeric and cinnamon, to name a few – that are incredibly good for you, your immune system and your digestive system.
And just because it’s good for you, doesn’t mean they aren’t also delicious! You can have it all.
Have a try of these 7 recommended anti-inflammatory hot beverages this winter and see which one is your favourite.
This drink can seem overwhelming to make – it has 15 different ingredients – but every single bit of it contributes to a healthy system. With cinnamon, cardamom, peppercorns, coconut oil, ginger, honey, chaga, nutmeg and vanilla, this delicious chai is a winter favourite. And much healthier than your cafe’s chai latte!
If you aren’t too fond of sweet drink then this might be worth a try – Reishi has fairly bitter taste but combined with raw cacao, this drink can be rich and velvety. Reishi powder is both antiviral and anti-inflammatory. This drink is a great healthy substitute for the traditional hot chocolate.
Turmeric is one the most commonly used spices in the world and has known anti-inflammatory properties. Adding this to any winter beverage turns it into a healthy drink. This simple recipe uses goodies like cinnamon, cacao, and coconut cream, vanilla extract, maple syrup. It can be made with any plant based milk (like almond milk or coconut milk) and it isn’t too sweet.
This chai is full of goodness with spices like cinnamon, cardamom, turmeric, nutmeg – all known for their inflammation-reducing properties. And for a little sweet treat, there’s also a dash of maple syrup.
The cold season is synonymous with the flu – but that doesn’t mean you have to catch it! Try this Flu-Fighting Tonic to protect yourself this flu season. Vitamin C is the way to go to boost your immune system. This drink has lemon, honey, and turmeric all mixed in with hot water. Quick and easy to make, this drink is also great if you’re looking to have something that isn’t so creamy.
Ginger has be used for centuries as an anti-inflammatory – thank to gingerol, a powerful anti-inflammatory compound. This particular drink uses any plant milk, mixed with tea, ginger, honey, peppercorns, coconut oil and a dash of chilli powder. This beverage has multiple benefits, not only reducing inflammation, but also supporting digestion, clearing up congestion and supporting a healthy metabolism.
This might be the most unique drink on this list, and mainly for one single ingredient – mushrooms! Mushrooms are packed with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds, and the active constituents have been shown to have immune strengthening and boosting properties. Along with honey, flax seeds, coconut oil, turmeric and raw cacao powder, this drink has all the right benefits.