Mornings are now really chilly and our hands wouldn’t mind being glued to a gigantic cup of something warm pretty much twenty four seven!
We don’t know about you, but all we want is a cup of cosy herbal chai, frothy lattes, a cup of tea or a hot chocolate.
But we took your warming drinks to the next level by adding ingredients, that offer serious health benefits, like immune-boosting spices, (dried) fruit and superfoods such as matcha, maca.
Check out these 6 hot beverages with healing powers to warm you up this winter.
1. Medicinal Hot Chocolate from Earth Sprout
This is hot chocolate that grew up and found it’s ancient medicinal roots. You can also go for a basic version of cacao/vanilla/cayenne/cardamom/cinnamon. Version without cacao is also divine. Oat milk, cashew milk and almond milk are our go-to’s here.
6 tbsp raw cacao powder
2 tbsp lucuma powder
2 tbsp carob powder
2 tsp maca powder
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cardamom
1/2 tsp pure ground vanilla powder
1/4 tsp good quality salt like himalayan pink salt
For two steamy servings of hot chocolate:
2 tbsp Medicinal Hot Chocolate
2.5 cup milk of choice
Note: you can add some coconut sugar/honey/stevia concentrate or other if desired.
Add milk and the 2 tbsp of dry mix to a saucepan, heat gently until lukewarm if you want to keep as much of the nutritional ka-pow as possible. Add sweetener of choice if you wish. Serve with an extra dust of cacao powder.
2. Matcha White Hot Chocolate from Love and Lemons
A delicious, grown-up winter treat, this Matcha White Hot Chocolate is an easy, cozy drink for cold days. 4 ingredients and full of healthy antioxidants!
¼ cup white chocolate chips
2 cups unsweetened almond milk
2 teaspoons AIYA cooking grade matcha
1 cup hot water
Melt the white chocolate together with ½ cup of almond milk. Stir until smooth, then add the remaining almond milk. Set aside.
Sift matcha into 1 cup hot water and whisk until combined and frothy. Stir this into the almond milk/white chocolate mixture and pour into 2 mugs.
3. Chamomile & Turmeric Evening Tea from Green Kitchen Stories
This soothing herbal tea makes a good sleep-aid. The turmeric, ginger and cinnamon add great flavour as well as a boost in anti-inflammatory properties.
serves : 4
2 cups drinking water
2 tbsp dried chamomile in a tea bag or 2 chamomile tea sachets (organic if possible)
1-3 tsp cold-pressed coconut oil
1 1/2 cup unsweetened plant milk of choice
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
(a pinch of black pepper, optional)
1 tbsp raw honey (Manuka honey if possible) or more to taste
Bring water to a boil in a sauce pan. Turn off the heat, then add chamomile and let steep for 3-5 minutes. Discard the chamomile. Now stir in milk, coconut oil, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, (black pepper) and honey. Taste and add more honey, coconut oil or spices if you prefer. Re-heat on low heat if needed.
4. Hot Green Smoothie from Kitchen Sanctuary
Wait, a hot smoothie?? This interesting twist combines the goodness from kale with the warmth from green tea. Would you give it a try?
30 g Kale
1 sweet dessert apple I like jazz apples, chopped
2 medjool dates pitted and chopped
1 cup of hot brewed green tea
Place your kale, apple and dates in your smoothie maker. Add in a splash of cold water and splash of the green tea (see warning above about hot liquids and smoothie makers).
Blend on high for a minute or two until the dates and kale have been completely incorporated.
Pour our your smoothie into a cup and mix in the remaining green tea.
Notes: You can knock the calorie count down by adding only one medjool date if you wish. Medjool dates are approx. 66 calories each, so just having one would reduce the calories down to 181 calories.
5. Matcha + Maca Superfood Latte with Tahini from The First Mess
You can rightly call this a superfood latte, with all the health benefits from the powdered green tea, hormone balancing maca and calcium-rich sesame paste.
10-12 oz light coconut or unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp matcha powder
1 tsp maca powder
1/2 tsp tahini sesame paste
1 1/2 tsp extra virgin coconut oil (or coconut butter/manna is especially good here)
maple syrup/brown rice syrup to taste
Combine all of the ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring the liquid to a strong simmer, whisking a couple times. Once it’s quite warm, carefully pour the liquid into a blender and slowly blend the mixture until thoroughly combined and frothy. Garnish the drink with a little sprinkle of sesame seeds of you like.
6. Chili Chai Latte from Earth Sprout
serves : 1l Chai
3 cups plant milk of choice
3/4 cups plant cream of choice
2 pieces of Star anise
2 sticks of Cinnamon
1tsp hole cardamom
1tsp fresh Ginger
1tsp hole black peppercorns
0.5tsp Pure Vanilla
Chili to taste
Crush the Cardamom and Black peppercorns gently in a mortar.Put all the ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil, let it simmer for at least 10 minutes.
Note: Bring the spices to a boil with some water before you make the latte. This way the spices will be more generous in flavor when you make the chai latte.
BY THE WAY. Get a milk frother, it will change your life. With a milk frother you simply add the spices/superfoods/herbs of your choice directly to the milk before frothing it + pouring it over the herbal coffee. It’s genius. Seriously. It’s one of our best kitchen hacks at the moment !
Which one of these healthy hot drinks will you be sipping on?