A Guide to Healthy Hot Drinks: Pantry Staples to Keep You Warm & Well This Winter
This guide to healthy hot drinks showcases some of our favorite ingredients, brands and recipes you can count on to keep you feelin’ vibrant all winter long!
It’s the middle of winter, so who doesn’t love staying toasty by sipping on a warm drink?
To me, part of eating real food means eating seasonally. In the summer, our bodies crave foods that keep our temperatures low to combat the heat, while in the winter we gravitate toward foods that keep our temperatures up to ward off the cold.
This time of year, my mug seems like it’s almost always full of some kind of hot drink, be it coffee, tea, or a fun treat like a superfood latte.
That said, it can be all too easy to overindulge and get carried away in the cold weather when sugary drinks abound, like hot chocolate mixes or a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks. This roundup features some of my favorite pantry staples to keep on-hand, so you can make delicious and healthy hot drinks at home whenever you want!
Now – who else is ready to make a yummy and nourishing drink, snuggle under a blanket by the fire and binge a Netflix marathon?
Healthy Hot Drinks: Teas
I’m a huge fan of hot tea, both for the flavor and the INCREDIBLE health benefits. While I do struggle with caffeine in coffee, I’m able to drink caffeinated tea without any of those negative side effects, like racing heart and mind, jitters and nausea.
Over the past 10 years, more than 5,000 medical studies have been published on tea’s health benefits, with over 1,000 of those focusing specifically on tea and cancer. In fact, the Harvard School of Public Health recommends drinking at least 3 cups of tea a day to achieve maximum health benefits. (source) So what are these health benefits?
- Immunity booster – Green tea is known to reduce the recurrence of cancer, and the National Institute of Health (NIH) shows that green tea is effective against many diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
- The NIH also shows that green tea boosts metabolism, promotes skin elasticity as well as teeth, nail and hair health.
- L-theanine, an amino acid found in tea, neutralizes the jittery effects of caffeine and creates an at once relaxed yet focused state (drinking tea actually produces some of the same chemical and neurological effects as going into a deep meditative state!).
Here are some of my favorites teas:
I just recently discovered Pique Tea and am fascinated by the way their crystals dissolve in cold and hot water, no tea bags required. Cool, right? Simply tear, mix and drink.
Their unique teas are composed of supercharged 100% organic tea crystals, which are Cold Brew Crystallized™, meaning they deliver maximum antioxidant capacity – 6x the antioxidants of tea bags and 20x the antioxidants of bottled tea, to be exact!
Conveniently, the crystals dissolve in either hot or cold water, delivering calm and clean energy with no preservatives, sugar or additives.
Some of my favorites are the Sencha Organic Green Tea, English Breakfast Black Tea and the Hibiscus Mint Herbal Tea.
Numi Organics is one of my favorite brands of tea because of their commitment to quality using all organic, fair-trade and full leaf teas (meaning the resulting flavor is more smooth and even). They use eco-friendly packaging including filter bags that are natural and compostable, unlike many mainstream brands that use filters made from GMO-corn or petroleum-based plastic.
Some of my favorite Numi Organics teas are their Aged Earl Grey, Mate Lemon, Honeybush and Rooibos Chai. Their turmeric teas are also incredible and super anti-inflammatory. Numi teas are available at most health food stores, as well as on Amazon and Thrive Market.
Under the weather? Check out Traditional Medicinals, an amazing line of wellness teas formulated by trained herbalists who use combinations that have been helping people for centuries. These formulas along with pharmacopoeial grade herbs – a very high quality that almost no other tea company claims – result in tea blends that seriously work to help heal your body or give you an extra boost of wellness!
Healthy Hot Drinks: Matcha
Matcha Green Tea has become a huge trending ingredient over the past couple of years. It can be an acquired taste – it’s earthy, a little grassy and unlike anything else you’ve probably ever tasted. But what exactly is it?
Matcha is actually the only form of tea where the whole leaf is consumed (meaning that instead of just infusing water with tea leaves that get discarded, you’re drinking the actual leaves as you dissolve them in liquid). It promotes calm, relaxation and concentration and delivers more of the healthful elements of green tea than other forms (source).
To read more about matcha and make your own Matcha Green Tea Latte (Vegan) at home, check out this post and delicious recipe!
Recently, one of my favorite brands Vital Proteins came out with their highly anticipated Matcha Collagen, which is the perfect elixir for anyone who loves the clean energy boost and antioxidant content of matcha green tea, but with a kick of collagen too! If you follow R+R, you’ll know what a HUGE collagen fan I am – I basically can’t make a hot drink without adding a scoop of collagen into it since it helps with everything from digestion to skin health.
Vital Proteins Matcha Collagen combines these two superstar ingredients, and I love it both in Matcha Lattes and mixed into healthy treats, like these Keto Matcha Coconut Fat Balls.
You can buy Vital Proteins Matcha Collagen either on Amazon here, or direct on their website (the price is the same). Or, for added savings, join their subscription deal where you get 20% off your first order and then 10% off of every reoccurring order.
Another favorite matcha of mine is Four Sigmatic’s Mushroom Matcha, which combines the healing power of adaptogenic mushrooms with matcha. Specifically, it’s a powerful dose o brain-hugging lion’s mane mushroom and ginger. Click here for 15% off your entire Four Sigmatic order, or use the code rootandrevel at checkout. Yay for superfoods!
Where else can you buy matcha?
- On Amazon, I’m fond of Jade Leaf Organic Japanese Matcha Green Tea Powder ($4.54/ounce).
- I also really love Thrive Market’s Matcha Love Organic Stone Ground Green Tea Powder ($17.07/ounce) and Matcha Love Culinary Green Tea Matcha Powder ($3.70/ounce).
- Thrive also sells Sencha Naturals Green Tea Latte ($1.29/ounce), which is more of a pre-made drink that could save you time if you don’t want to hassle with making your own. Of course, I always encourage you to make your own–you know exactly what’s going into your drink, plus it’s cheaper!
Healthy Hot Drinks: Turmeric Lattes
Turmeric Lattes or ‘Golden Milk’ is another big health trend that we’ve seen popping up all over the place in the past two years. Why?
Turmeric has been shown to reduce inflammation like nobody’s business! Did you know that turmeric is one of the most powerful herbs for preventing, fighting and even reversing disease? The dozens of healing properties found in the root make it just as effective (if not more) than conventional medicine. (source)
How to make a Golden Milk Turmeric Latte?
- A delicious way to incorporate more turmeric into your diet is with a warm Turmeric Latte, like this yummy one from Wellness Mama that uses ground turmeric.
- If you’re looking for a pre-made mix, check out this awesome organic Golden Milk blend from Gaia Herbs. It’s based on traditional Ayurvedic recipes and is vegan and gluten free with no sugar added. Simply mix into any warm milk of your choice!
- For a high-quality sourced turmeric, Truvani makes organic daily turmeric supplements that also dissolve in liquid! Cool, right? Get your turmeric fix here.
Healthy Hot Drinks: Coffee
Did you know it’s estimated by the Harvard School of Public Health that more than half of American adults drink coffee every day?
Research shows that coffee has tons of health benefits: protecting against Parkinson’s disease, type 2 diabetes and liver disease, improving cognitive function and decreasing the risk of depression, to name a few. (source) However, coffee can also be acidic to the body and the caffeine can be tough on your adrenals (particularly if you struggle with hormone imbalance like me).
Every body is different and every one metabolizes and processes individual food/drink differently, so you’ve gotta find what works for you! Here’s what works for me:
Improve Digestion and Balance Hormones with Butter Coffee
Butter? In coffee? Yes, it’s true! While it may sound crazy at first, it’s not only delicious but oh so good for you.
This healthy twist on butter coffee or ‘Bulletproof Coffee’ (first introduced by Dave Asprey) is made with ghee, which will boost your energy, aid in weight loss and balance your hormones, with the addition of cinnamon and maca powder. Add in some collagen to give this Paleo butter coffee a protein boost that’s great for skin, digestion, and inflammation!
I’ve been drinking this version of butter (decaf) coffee for the past year and this recipe is one of the most popular posts on Root + Revel. Try it out for yourself!
Mushroom Coffee from Four Sigmatic
First butter in coffee, and now mushrooms? Yes, for real!
Four Sigmatic is revolutionizing coffee with their medicinal mushroom coffees, mushroom elixirs, mushroom hot cacaos and mushroom blends. The mushrooms help alkalize the coffee, resulting in less jitters with more steady energy levels, plus an increase in your metabolism, focus, creativity, memory, concentration, and brain health. Whew!
Get 10% off your order from Four Sigmatic by using the code rootandrevel on their website!
Organic & Sustainable Single Serve Coffee with Intelligent Blends
I get it–single serve coffee is easy and convenient. But it can also be extremely wasteful and bad for the environment. Not anymore! Thanks to this sustainable single serve coffee maker from Intelligent Blends and their recyclable coffee pods (which also work in Keurigs), you can now make one cup of coffee at a time AND have it be organic, Fair Trade Certified and Sustainable! I wrote an entire post about this topic that you can check out here.
Why organic? Organic coffee is far less acidic than regular coffee. Regular coffee bean production typically involves synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides – ick! Coffee that’s certified organic means you’re getting a cleaner bean. Check out Intelligent Blends organic, sustainable, fair trade and recyclable pods here!
Now – over to you! What are your favorite healthy hot drinks? Let us know in the comments below!
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