Enjoying the first snow of the year with my bestie Marina, post brunch at Cafe Cluny in NYC! :)
Winter is upon us, and to keep itself balanced, your body is most likely craving cooked foods as opposed to raw and warm liquids instead of iced. That’s because just as you change your clothes and your activities for the seasons, so too should you alter your diet to suit what your body wants in the cold weather. Right now I’m constantly making herbal teas like chamomile, mint and ginger, which are not only super comforting and warming, but are also hydrating, caffeine free and rich in anti-inflammatory antioxidants. Herbal tea is also really good for digestion, so I’ll reach for some after a big meal, and I love “nighty night” tea to wind down before bed.
Apart from my herbal tea, which I just add hot water to and maybe a splash of unsweetened almond, hemp or coconut milk, sometimes I want something a little more fun or filling. Instead of buying a drink at a coffee shop that might have dairy, a ton of sugar and mystery ingredients, try making one of these simple, dairy free and gluten free drinks at home that are still super yummy!
Classic hot chocolate
There is nothing more cozy and decadent than hot chocolate in the winter time. To make simply put unsweetened coconut or almond milk, a couple of spoonfuls of raw cacao, and a small amount of stevia to taste in a sauce pan on medium and whisk. Serve when hot. If you want to get fancy, add some coconut whipped cream by either taking a short cut as I did here by adding Coco Whip straight from the tub (amazing), or quickly whip up it up homemade by chilling a can of coconut milk and whisking the solid part of the can with vanilla and some stevia (even more amazing). I added some mint here for some added freshness.
Chai tea latte
I love chai tea lattes, and this recipe definitely quenches the coffee house chai tea craving. For this I blended about a cup of unsweetened coconut milk with a pitted date in the blender. Even though blending with a date is an extra step, I think it’s worth it because the date adds fiber, antioxidants and minerals while also making the drink sweeter. I then heated this mixture in a sauce pan on the stove on medium, and added a black tea bag and a half teaspoon each of cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and ginger. (As it’s heating, taste it and adjust spices as needed.) When ready, top with coconut whip and an extra dash of cinnamon for good measure.
Hot water with lemon
I try to drink hot water with the juice of half of a fresh, organic lemon most mornings because it’s hydrating, helps with digestion and provides some vitamin C and potassium. Adding some slices of ginger to your hot water adds a nice flavor, and ginger is a powerful antioxidant that helps with digestion, cures nausea and myriad other benefits. Having this drink in the morning makes me feel detoxified and is a gentle wake up for the system; when I start to get hungry after having this I start to think about breakfast.
What type of healthy drinks are you loving this winter, or what drinks do you want to know how to make healthier??
My gfs Hayley, Bethann, Molly and I out to play during the blizzard - hot tea to follow :).