There’s nothing like coming out from being in the cold and relaxing by the fire or on the couch with a warm beverage. Whether there’s a hint of chill in the air during fall or full-blown freeze during winter, here are a few ideas to warm up your tummy for when the temperatures drop.
Whether at a local coffee shop or made in the comforts of your own home, coffee is always a fan favorite, but can sometimes get boring. For a different taste, try taking raw cashew butter and tossing that in your blender along with the hot coffee. Blend until it gets a nice froth and drink. Of course, another great way to change up your coffee routine is to add a dash of almond milk because it gives out such a nice, nutty flavor, which provides a balance to the coffee’s natural bitterness. You can also add a dash of vanilla extract, which gives you a stronger, more natural vanilla flavor than pre-flavored coffees or any flavored creamer you might use.
Do you roast your own coffee beans? If you do, try adding a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg to the beans before you put them in the roaster. These spices are perfect for making coffee to serve during the winter holidays, and make for a nice change of pace throughout the year.
Of course, if you don’t want to put in the effort, there are a variety of flavored creamers, many of which are quite good, that can punch up your tired old cup of coffee on those cold days.
If you’re a latte drinker, there are several things you can do to mix up your drinks. Consider adding molasses and ground ginger to your latte for a nice dessert drink. Add in some creamy almond milk to make it even more delectable.
Plus, there are even health benefits to drinking coffee!
The wonderful thing about teas are the health benefits and the variety of flavors that are available. If you’re only familiar with the tea that you get at your local grocery store, why not expand your horizons and check out something more exotic.
Oolong Tea is a popular Chinese tea that’s made by withering Camellia sinensis is plants in the sun. This process of fermentation gives the tea a rich, flavorful taste. It’s believed that this tea helps with weight loss, and to detoxify the body thanks to the niacin it contains.
By now, almost every one has heard of green tea and the health benefits it supposedly delivers. Forgetting all of that, though, green tea is a wonderful, soothing warm beverage to enjoy when the temperatures dip. This is a great way to warm up right when you get out of bed, and it’s perfect for mid-afternoon when stress is getting to you and you need to relax.
Tea is known for its health benefits, and if you’re cold and feeling under the weather, tea is a perfect way to warm up and feel better. A great way to make a feel-good tea is to add some lightly heated pineapple juice with some ginger spices, apple cider vinegar, and a dash of maple syrup, which may say is the perfect remedy when you first get they symptoms that you’re getting a cold. Even if you’re not getting sick, this is a rich, flavorful beverage that’s guaranteed to warm your belly and brighten your mood.
You probably thought lattes meant coffee, right? But, no, you can have a wonderful, warm latte made from your favorite tea too.
For a warm pick-me-up when the temperatures plummet, try a lemon lavender tea latte. This latte is made from whatever tea you desire, but most people use black, yerba mate or rooibos. What’s special about this drink is that the lavender and the lemon add punch to the flavor, while still maintaining a smooth, calming drink that’s perfect for when you want to lay back and relax.
Another stimulating latte made from tea is the coconut cashew matcha latte, which is a smooth and creamy drink made with matcha tea and has a sweetness that comes through without the need for sugar or other sweeteners. To make this, throw everything into the blender until the drink becomes frothy. It’s a simple drink to make, but oh so enjoyable.
Not to be forgotten, hot chocolate is the go-to standard hot drink that the whole family can enjoy when the weather turns south. While there’s nothing wrong with your standard mug of hot chocolate, there are a few ways to take it up a notch that go beyond adding a few marshmallows.
One tasty way to transform boring hot chocolate into something that you’d be proud to serve to guests is by adding coconut butter and dates for sweetness. It’s easy to prepare by combining hot water and chopped chocolate into a blender and blended until creamy. Add a dash of the coconut butter for flavor and you have a hot chocolate that’s unforgettable.
Another way to change up your hot chocolate is to use almond butter-based cocoa and a dash of cordyceps powder. This not only warms your tummy, and tastes delicious, but it’s said that it’s a wonderful way to relieve stress.
While hot chocolate is mostly considered a kids drink, there are a few ways to make it more “adult” and add to its warming capabilities. The Vanilla Bean White Hot Chocolate combines hot chocolate, pure white chocolate, cream and vanilla flavored liquor (we suggest vodka). This is a simple, buttery drink that’s guaranteed to warm you up head to toe, and is a perfect after dinner dessert drink on those cold winter nights.