5 Amazingly Healthy (and Delicious) Hot Drinks To Keep You Warm This Winter

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What better way to enjoy winter than with cozying up with a nice, hot cup of something delicious? Here is a list of tasty, hot drinks to sip on—and they each boast some pretty impressive health benefits, to boot.

1. Hot cinnamon spice tea.

Remember those Fireball hot candies from your childhood? This black tea is a liquid version of that (but a touch more tolerable). Not only is it delicious, but there is no need for added sweetener since it is naturally sweet enough. Try Harney & Son’s Hot Cinnamon Spice loose leaf tea for a childhood throwback.

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2. Herbal "coffee." 

With no caffeine and an impressive ingredient list, including things like dandelion, chicory, burdock, and beetroot, this delicious concoction has a pleasant-yet-bold taste that blows coffee out of the water. While the health benefits of coffee have been hotly debated, studies show that too much caffeine can reduce insulin sensitivity in healthy subjects in the short term, potentially creating high blood sugar.

Meanwhile, herbal "coffee” blends like Dandy Blend and Teeccino can provide a similar flavor to coffee without high caffeine levels, even providing prebiotics. Even cooler? In addition to really tasting like coffee, it can be brewed the same exact way.

Trying to cut the coffee habit? Here are other healthy coffee alternatives to try.

3. Schisandra tea. 

This Chinese staple has such a rich, earthy taste that some even use it as another coffee alternative. The health profile, on the other hand, is incredibly hard to beat. This tea is brewed from the schisandra berry, which has been shown to balance mood, reduce symptoms of menopause, help treat the respiratory system, and help protect against liver disease.

While this tea is an acquired taste (it smells a little like liquid prunes), the health benefits might just make it worth it.

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4. Hot chocolate. 

Did know that one cup of this rich, cozy, yumminess is actually actually packed with antioxidants?

Cocoa has numerous heart- and brain-friendly benefits; Unfortunately, many store-bought brands can be loaded with tons of artificial ingredients and refined sugar, which can counter such benefits.

Fortunately, it's ridiculously easy to make your own healthy version at home!

Homemade Hot Cocoa

Makes one steamy serving.

  1. Combine 1½ Tbsp cocoa powder (alkaline-free and the darker the better), 2 Tbsp sweetener of choice, and a scant 3 Tbsp water in a small saucepan.
  2. Heat on low, constantly stirring so paste doesn’t stick. After 2 minutes, add in 1 cup milk of choice (almond, coconut, rice, dairy) and a small splash of pure vanilla extract.
  3. Mix together until just before simmering, add ½ teaspoon arrowroot powder (optional) and whisk until thickens slightly and drink is warmed through.

So easy and delicious! Feel free to add a touch of anything from instant espresso, to cinnamon, to cayenne pepper, to a small piece of actual dark chocolate to make it your own.

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5. Green tea. 

This choice may be popular already, but it’s so fantastic it had to be on this list! This is the perfect hot drink for in between meals during the day because it is light, inexpensive, contains minimal caffeine, and has a ton of health benefits!

For this reason, green tea may just beat out coffee as an ideal dessert drink to have after big holiday meals. Additionally, studies have shown that the EGCG in green tea can have hydrating and moisturizing properties for the skin.

You can even use the tea in your beauty routine! After brewing a cup of organic green tea, put the tea bag (without squeezing out the excess) in a small glass in the fridge. At night after using a gentle cleanser, dab a cotton ball into the tea bag and use the liquid as a toner to remove any excess make-up or dirt your cleanser may have missed. (You can even use the actual tea bag!)

Cheers to cozy drinks!

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