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5 Delicious and Healthy Hot Beverages | Rocky Mountain Health Plans Blog

5 Delicious and Healthy Hot Beverages | Rocky Mountain Health Plans Blog

By RMHP

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These Healthy, Warm Drinks Will Keep You Cozy All Winter Long

Sipping a hot drink might just be the perfect way to stay warm on winter’s chilly days and nights. If you’re trying to fuel your body (and soul) with things wholesome and healthy, you’re in luck. There are lots of tasty, easy-to-make hot drinks that taste surprisingly indulgent. Here are five of our all-time favorites.

1. Spiced Almond Milk

This hot drink tastes like it came right from your favorite coffee shop, but without the price tag (or need to leave your house).

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • A pinch of ground ginger
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter

Directions:

Combine the ingredients in a small pan and heat over medium heat until warm.

This step is optional, but highly recommended: Whirr the hot mixture in a blender for about 30 seconds before pouring into your mug. It will be perfectly blended with just the right amount of froth.

2. Healthy Hot Chocolate Alternatives

You can’t have winter without hot chocolate! There’s nothing wrong with enjoying this classic drink in its purest form, but there are also a number of healthier alternatives that you can whip up.

Click here to learn how to make:

  • Raw hot chocolate
  • Hot vanilla
  • Hazelnut hot chocolate

Half the fun is in experimenting, so try different milks and different types of chocolate to find your favorite combination.

3. Hot Water & Lemon Infusion

Kick your typical lemon water up a notch with this recipe that adds in some healthy turmeric and a slight kick from chili powder or cayenne.

Ingredients:

  • 1 to 1.5 cups boiling water
  • Juice of 1/2 freshly squeezed lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • Pinch of red chili powder or cayenne
  • Pinch of coarse sea salt
  • Pinch of raw cane sugar

Directions:

Mix all of the ingredients together in a mug, stir well, and sip away.

4. Homemade Russian Tea

Russian tea has four different juices, cinnamon, cloves, and black tea. The recipe linked above makes several gallons of tea, meaning this is a great hot beverage to make ahead of time.

5. London Fog Tea Latte

This is another warm beverage that tastes like it came from your favorite cafe. It’s also known as an earl gray tea latte, and this version adds lavender for even more flavor.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup strongly-brewed earl grey tea
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried lavender
  • 1/2 cup steamed milk (any variety)
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, or another favorite sweetener (use more or less based on your preferences)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

Brew the earl grey tea and lavender together, steeping for three minutes (or according to tea instructions). Remove tea bag and strain out the lavender, then stir in the remaining ingredients.

If you don’t have a milk steamer, simply heat the milk in a saucepan over medium-low heat until the milk is simmering — just don’t let it come to a boil.

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