Winter has well and truly hit the Southern hemisphere and today has been particularly wintry in our locality. On these gray and windy days there is nothing I like more than a steaming cup of something warm and nourishing.
There are so many healthy hot drink options that aren't packed with sugars and instead are tasty infusions of healthy herbs and spices. I'm always discovering new warming brews and this year I have a fresh batch of favourites, so I thought I'd share them with you all.
Home Blended Chai Latte
I love blending our own chai masala brew in the weekends. My method is pretty simple; Just warm 2 cups of almond or coconut milk on the stove at just below boiling for several minutes. In this mixture we use 3 tea bags, a thinly sliced thumb of ginger, black peppercorns, star anise, cinnamon and cardamom pods. Once the strength is to satisfaction remove the spices and tea from the infusion, using a sieve, and enjoy with a big dollop of fresh honey.
I found out about the rooibos (or red) lattes when investigating the history of the tea one night. Rooibos, or Red Bush, tea originates from South Africa and is a mellow, caffeine free, herbal infusion with an earthy flavour. I'd always brewed it black or with a dash of nut milk but its great in latte form for a filling, cozy evening drink.
Golden Milk Latte
Golden milk lattes are packed with anti-inflammatory and immune boosting properties from their ginger and turmeric. I make a single serve golden milk latte by mixing just under a teaspoon of turmeric with half a teaspoon of powdered ginger and half of cinnamon powder. I then mix the powder into a paste by gradually adding around a tablespoon worth of hot water. Simply mix in fluffy, heated nut or coconut milk and sprinkle with cinnamon. Enjoy.
I've recently fallen in love with spearmint tea, it has a delicious minty taste and amazing hormone balancing properties. It's worked wonders clearing up my skin from recent breakouts. A great alternative to regular peppermint tea.
Oolong is the dark horse of teas, and my personal preferred brew. Its a marriage between a green and black tea, with the leaves rolled and partially oxidized resulting in both strong and fresh aromas combining. In summertime I was enjoying more un-oxidized and 'green' oolong teas but now its cooled down and there are more grey days I crave the smokier, nuttier oolong's like Zealong's darkloose leaf.
As of late I have been able to re-introduce organic grass fed butter into my diet and I dared to try the notorious bulletproof coffee (also known as butter coffee) because regular coffee doesn't always sit well with my food allergies.
I had heard great things about bulletproof coffee, it tastes amazing, and is a lot easier to digest if you have issues with traditional coffee. Do take care if you have high cholesterol or are on a fat loss diet, this may not be the drink for you. For me it's an occasional indulgence rather than a daily drink but, as with anything, listen to your body when introducing new foods and enjoy the process.
What hot drinks are you enjoying in this chilly season? Do you have any comfort drink 'go to's'? Comment down below or on Tea & Sage's Facebook page what your favourite hot drinks are.