Hello everyone and welcome to “Winter wellness series”.
I know, I am little late in sharing posts for this series. Last week, participated in “Decade blog hop” and had a great time in writing and reading all awesome posts for this awesome blog hop. Time just passed so quickly and suddenly I had realized that it is more than a week and I should share the next post for “Winter wellness” series.
In this post, I am sharing some easy, interesting and healthy drink recipes for winter season, hoping you would like it.
Winter is a great time to get indulge in healthy drink recipes. These drinks help in keeping our body warm and also play a good role in preventing routine infections like common cough, cold and throat infections.
Also, with these recipes we can add various essential spices and herbs like cloves, basil, cinnamon in our diet and can get advantages of these amazing ingredients for our body.
So, here is the first recipe:
Lemon and honey water
Honey is one of the most important and essential nutrients that we all should consume during winter. Honey has some amazing anti-inflammatory properties that helps in not only preventing the common winter infections but it used as a major home remedy too, for treating common cold, flu and throat infections.
You can use honey directly in Luke warm water to get the amazing health benefits of honey. Additionally, adding lemon is an excellent idea to enhance taste and nutritional benefits of honey.
How to make it?
- Luke warm water
- Slice of lemon
- Honey 1-2 tea spoon
- Take 1 glass of Luke warm water and mixed 1-2 tea spoon of honey. Mixed well and add lemon juice as per your taste (for me, 1 teaspoon works well)
- Drink this preferably in the morning to get maximum benefits.
- This taste so good and an excellent way to start your day with something healthy.
Along with the goodness of honey, lemon and water addition helps a lot in flushing out the toxins and keep your digestion on track. It is also good for skin and helps in losing weight too.
Personally, I had a great experience with this healthy drink. Years ago, I had a severe allergy problem and I used to get frequent sneezing attacks, running nose and other nasal allergy symptoms, when weather changes. After my mom’s advice, I had started drinking this regularly and got a proper relief in my allergy symptoms. After that experience, I always try to include in my morning routine, especially during winter. If due to any reason, you could not consume honey as a drink form, you can consume it directly a spoonful of it, at any time of day. For kids, it is also great. It can be used as a bread spread or topping of muesli.
Apple cider vinegar with Luke warm water
Honestly, I had discovered this option after moving to USA. I used to read and explore the power of natural substances in curing different disease conditions. And while doing that, I had discovered that “Apple cider vinegar” is an excellent nutritional substance that has numerous health benefits ranging from skin, hair, digestion to weight loss.
How to make it?
Again, it is very simple recipe and you need only two ingredients.
- Apple cider vinegar
- Luke warm water
Mixed 1-2 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in one glass Luke warm or normal temperature filtered water, mixed well and drink this preferably in morning empty stomach.
Apple cider vinegar has some excellent therapeutic properties like anti-bacterial, anti-diabetic and antic cancer. It helps in reducing weight and improves your heart health too.
I had used apple cider vinegar around 1 years ago, and had a quite satisfactory result with me. But few things that should be keep in the mind. First, finding a good quality apple cider vinegar is a daunting task. As per my research, it is good to use organic, raw and unfiltered type and sharing the image of brand that I had used in past, with good results. (#Non sponsored, sharing only because I like it). In India, I am not sure much but I think mama earth has good quality products and they also had apple cider vinegar too, in their collection. So, please do a proper research and try to get a good quality, organic one for yourself.
Second, it’s taste. Yes, if you are using this first time, it might taste sour (and not so pleasant), and you will need some time and patience to accept the taste.
Third. Do not accept any immediate changes or results. You will need to used it for a long time of period and regularly for seeing any visible good results.
Yogi tea or grandma’s kadha ( recipe inspired by yoga guru Adriene from yoga with Adriene.com)
You know, as an Indian I feel really proud of our ancient Indian traditions, culture and therapeutic system. Ayurveda (our ancient healing system) has so much to offer for our good health and overall well-being. Use of spice and weather appropriate diet is one of the most popular ayurvedic principle that helps in staying fit and healthy.
Nowadays, the whole world is inspired from our Ayurveda, yoga and meditation practices. And they are also trying to adopt the eastern lifestyle to their lives.
Grandma’s kadha is one such well known Indian winter recipe that has amazing health benefits and also, nourish our body with power of amazing spices. It is an excellent way to combat common infections like cough, cold, throat pain etc. I had seen the same recipe named as “Yogi tea”, here in USA. And It is really amazing that our ancient recipes are getting popular worldwide.
How to make it?
- Filtered water (2 quarts)
- Basil leaves (7-8)
- Cloves (15)
- Black paper (whole 15-20)
- Cinnamon sticks (3-5)
- Cardamom pods (15-20)
- Ginger slices (7-8)
- Black tea bag (1-2)
- Milk and honey (optional)
- Large vessel
- Another pot for storing tea
Note: there is no fixed or rigid measurements of all these ingredients (spices and herbs) and you can add or subtract their quantity as per your taste, convenience or availability.
- Take a heavy bottom large vessel and pour 2 quarts. And add cloves, and boil for one minute.
- Add all other ingredients one by one and boil for 30 minutes
- Now, reduce the heat and simmer it for at least 1 hour. With this, the water absorbed the goodness of all these amazing ingredients
- Now, take down this from the heat and add black tea as per your taste and let it cool down
- Strain all the spices and collect the tea in the separate vessel
- If you want you can add the little milk and honey to it.
Best part, you can store this mixture in the refrigerator and can reheat and use, when you want to drink it.
This yogi tea or Indian kadha has amazing health benefits. All these amazing ingredients have great therapeutic properties like anti-inflammatory, anti- allergic and anti-oxidants. It also supports our digestion and keep our body warm during winter. This drink works great in controlling cold and allergic symptoms.
I had drink this kadha since childhood so many times. Specially, for controlling and treating cold and allergic symptoms. And also get good results. Of course, it tastes strong and you need some time and patience to develop its taste.
Golden milk or turmeric milk
If I am talking about “Winter health drinks”, how could I forget to mention our own “Haldi doodh”, that is called as “Golden milk” in western world. Turmeric or haldi is an amazing spice that offers so many great health benefits.
Read this post to know some wonderful benefits of turmeric .
This drink could be used at bed time and helps in promoting good sleep too
How to make it?
- Milk (you can choose both dairy or non-dairy options like almond milk or cashew milk)
- Turmeric or haldi (1 teaspoon or as per your taste)
- Sweeteners (you can use sugar, honey or can avoid it completely)
- Other spices (like ginger, cardamom) optional and you can use it of you want.
- Take a saucepan and add milk of your choice (dairy or non-dairy)
- Bring it to a little warm condition
- Add turmeric and other spices of your choice
- Add the sweetener of your choice
- Enjoy it as a family
As I had mentioned before, Turmeric is an excellent Indian spice that has great anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and anti-oxidant properties. During winter, it keeps our body warm, and helps n fighting with routine infections too.
This one is one of the most favorite in my family and I always had a great experience with this, in treating common cold, and throat infections in my family.
The last recipe is specially for kids and I am sure adults can also enjoy it.
How to Make it?
- Milk ( again you can use dairy or non-dairy options)
- Cocoa powder ( 1 teaspoon or as per your taste)
- Sugar ( as per your taste)
- Cream, chocolate chips for garnishing (optional)
Heat the milk in a sauce pan and add cocoa powder, stir it properly, then add sugar, and bring it to bail. After proper boiling, remove from the heat. And garnish with cream or chocolate chips. For making a healthier option, you can use non- dairy milk and avoid use of cream.
Cocoa powder is a good nutritional substance that is rich in iron and fiber. Cocoa is rich in the antioxidant substance called “Flavonoids”. It promotes good heart health, aids in memory and improves blood flow to your brain. Also, play a good role in improving your mood.
My both girls just loved it and I often use this as an after-school drink option. In fact, sometimes, it is a good alternative for adding something yummy to your breakfast too.
So, these are 5 amazing healthy drink options for winter from my side. Which one is your favorite? Please share in the comment box.