5 Hot and Healthy Drinks for Winter-Warming

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Stoke up the fire in your belly and combat the cold from the inside out with these heart-warming drinks that won’t test your belt’s strength.

We love a good hot chocolate when it’s nippy out there. That sweet, sweet taste as the marshmallows turn molten… But in the interest of ensuring our winter coat remains strictly outerwear, we’ve sought out some delicious toasty hot drinks that are figure-friendly and fine to sip at work. (I think our position on hot toddies and mulled cider/wines has been previously made clear.)

It’s all about avoiding insulation that’s hard to shed come summer… 🙂 Yummo!

Chai tea… Images sourced L to R: herbco.com and buzzfeed.com

  1. Chai Tea – The Hippyster’s Latte
  • 2-inch piece fresh ginger, cut into thin rounds
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 teaspoons black peppercorns
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 6 cardamom pods
  • 6 cups cold water
  • 6 teabags of black tea (preferably Darjeeling)
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar

Lightly crush/bruise spices with pestle (or back of a spoon). Combine first 5 ingredients in a medium saucepan. Add cold water and bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium low, and gently simmer partly covered for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and add teabags. Steep a further 5 minutes. Discard teabags. Add milk and sugar. Return to pan and simmer over a high heat til sugar dissolves. Strain into a teapot and serve!

Aromatic and calming, sweet piqued with the savoury of cardamom and black pepper, according to epicurious.com.

Lemon Infusion Tea. Images sourced L to R: bevcooks.com and topinspired.com

  1. Lemon Infusion – The Lush’s Recovery

In a mug, mix together:

  • 1-1½ cups boiling water
  • Juice of ½ freshly squeezed lemon
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • Pinch red chilli powder or cayenne (boosts metabolism)
  • Pinch coarse sea salt
  • Pinch brown sugar (to taste)

Exploits the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of turmeric, whilst flushing the liver and kidneys of toxins, according to shape.com.

Homemade ginger tea. Images sourced L to R: goodhousekeeping.co.uk and recapo.com

  1. Homemade Ginger Tea – Tea-and-a-Biscuit in One
  • 1 tablespoon fresh zested ginger
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey or pure maple syrup
  • ½ lemon juiced

Add zested ginger to your teapot, add boiling water, steep covered for 10 minutes. Add lemon and sweetener to taste. Enjoy!

Add camomile flowers or fresh mint leaves (at the time of adding ginger) for added flavour.

Ginger is said to aid digestion, relieves nausea and have anti-inflammatory qualities. It is also used to alleviate headaches and sore throats, according to bodyandsoul.com.au.

Spiced apple cider. Images sourced L to R: thepioneerwoman.com, health.com and bloglovin.com

  1. Spiced Apple Cider – for your inner Anne of Green Gables 
  • Lemon rind strips (from ½ lemon)
  • ½ tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 litres apple cider
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 3 cinnamon sticks, halved
  • Pinch of ground allspice
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • Additional cinnamon sticks (optional – for serving garnish)

Bring ingredients (except additional cinnamon sticks) to boil in large French oven. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Strain and serve!

Sparky and fat-free, this is said to prevent blood clotting and control your blood sugar, according to health.com.

Eggnog. Images sourced L to R: willcookforfriends.com and mydeliriumblog.tumblr.com

  1. Clean-Eating Eggnog – for Christmas-in-July Enthusiasts
  • 2 cups soy milk (or cow milk, unsweetened rice milk, almond or hazelnut milk)
  • 3 egg whites (optional – if you omit, halve the milk so your nog still thickens!)
  • 1/3 cup honey (or agave)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon + extra to sprinkle on top

Blend together ingredients for 2-3 minutes (or pop it all in a saucepan and stick-blender it!). Place in pan and warm over medium heat for 15mins (to ensure egg is cooked). Whisk constantly. Do not boil. Cool slightly and serve sprinkled with cinnamon. Or chill overnight for a thicker brew.

Okay, so this one is a little bit naughtier than the others – it’s about 145 calories per cup which is about the same as your average latte, according to thegraciouspantry.com.

In with warm, out with cold. Keep cosy, peoples!

Kay is a feature, blog and copywriter. She collects empty jam jars, academic degrees and tawdry dreams in the hopes of turning them into something useful someday. Her work has been published in ACP magazines, ABC fiction, Overland, Brittle Star, Seizure, trade publications and online forums. Her creative writing has won several awards.