Sipping a hot drink can provide warmth on the cold winter days and nights. As long as you avoid drinks filled with sugar and fat, enjoying a hot drink can be a great way to relax. There are many delicious, easy-to-make hot drinks with a surprisingly pleasant taste to nourish the body and soul with healthy things. The following eight healthy options can be recommended for heart health.
Fresh Ginger Tea
Hot, spicy ginger tea has a long history of use for stomach pain and nausea. That’s why it’s a great idea to start the day with a warm cup of ginger tea on cold days, especially during the winter months. Ginger also contains compounds that stimulate the immune system. Ginger must be used fresh to prepare hot ginger tea. A small piece of peeled ginger root must be grated or sliced to make it fresh. Boiled water should be poured on it and left to brew for about 10 minutes. Alternatively, ginger tea bags can be purchased at most supermarkets.
For those who love fruity flavors, delicious fruit teas are a good low-calorie option. Dozens of different tea bags and tea mixes are available. Look at the labels and choose a sugar-free tea. Teas containing licorice root that can increase blood pressure should be avoided.
Fresh Mint Tea
Peppermint tea is low in calories, a great palate cleanser, and traditionally used to aid digestion. A handful of mint leaves should be washed and cut into pieces, added to a small teapot and filled with boiling water. Moroccan mint tea should be avoided in restaurants as it can be loaded with sugar.
A small hot chocolate in a street cafe can contain about five teaspoons (20 g) of sugar. These extra calories can cause weight gain, increasing the risk of heart disease. If made with whole milk and topped with whipped cream, the amount of calories and saturated fats increases, which can affect cholesterol levels. For a heart-healthy version, unsweetened cocoa powder can be mixed with hot low-fat milk and a low-calorie sweetener if needed.
It is not just a winter drink for coffee lovers. It is known that coffee can reduce the risk of liver cancer, type 2 diabetes and Parkinson’s disease. Coffee is fine as long as not in moderation, but a large latte made with whole milk can contain around 300 calories. Coffee lovers can choose a smaller size and choose a low-fat milk version to reduce calories and saturated fat. Flavored drinks such as vanilla or ginger latte that usually contain sugary syrup should be avoided. Those who want a little more flavor can sprinkle some cinnamon on cappuccino for sweetness without the extra calories.
Warm Lemon Water
Hot lemon juice has a pleasant taste and is great for the body. Hot water and lemon are said to cleanse the liver and kidneys from toxins. To prepare it, add 1/2 freshly squeezed lemon juice into 1 to 1.5 cups of boiling water. You can also use 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric and a pinch of red hot pepper to create a more healthy drink. In addition, a pinch of coarse sea salt should be added, the ingredients should be thoroughly mixed and sipped. A slice of lemon can also give a nice appearance. It is a good alternative to hot water and sugar-laden drinks such as lemon and lemonade, but should be drunk with meals, as the acids in lemon juice can damage teeth.
Green tea is made from the same plant as black tea. Its health benefits are often exaggerated and contain caffeine. Green tea is a healthier alternative to drinks that are high in sugar and fat. Meanwhile, Matcha latte made from powdered green tea and milk often contains hidden sugar. Those who want it with hot low-fat milk whipped with pure matcha powder can make their own latte at home. If necessary, low-calorie sweetener can be added.
Sage tea is made with the leaves of the plant called Salvia officinalis. Salvia is from the same family as the peppermint plant. The leaves of the sage plant contain some antioxidant compounds such as ellagic acid (also found in raspberries, strawberries, and walnuts), rosmarinic acid (also found in basil and rosemary). Sage Tea is thought to help with various health problems such as age-related cognitive decline, excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), heartburn, hot flashes, insomnia, and sore throat. Gargling with sage tea has been used for sore throat and cough for years. To prepare sage tea, two tablespoons of fresh sage leaves (or a tablespoon of dried leaves) can be added to a glass. The mug should be almost filled with boiling water. If desired, a tablespoon of dried thyme and half a teaspoon of fresh lemon zest can be added. It should be capped and kept for a few minutes. Before adding a preferred sweetener and lemon juice, it must be filtered to remove the leaves. This drink can be drunk hot or cold. Herbalists recommend sage for improving brain function, while thyme has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties.
Dandelion (Dandelion Root) Latte
Dandelion roots have a coffee and chocolate-like flavor. This caffeine-free beverage has a lot of antioxidants. Dandelion root is particularly good for liver health, helping the body get rid of toxins without consuming nutrients and minerals. To make a dandelion root latte, heat 250 mL of oats, hazelnut or almond milk in a saucepan. It is whisked until it is foamy. Add 1 tablespoon of dandelion root coffee or powdered Dandelion root, half a teaspoon of powdered cinnamon and optionally coconut grater. It can be sweetened with a drop of maple syrup, honey or coconut sugar and drunk hot.
Chai is a tea prepared for drinking by brewing black tea with a mixture of aromatic, natural Indian spices (such as cinnamon, vanilla, black pepper, ginger, cardamom, cloves). It is commonly available in the form of packaged bulk tea or tea bags. Chai is a great low-calorie option for the winter, but watch out for chai lattes or chai tea varieties at coffee shops. Some versions here contain about 30 g of sugar and whole milk. Boiling water can be added to a teabag to make a healthy version, and warm low-fat milk to keep saturated fat low. The spices in chai tea have many health benefits and contain less caffeine than coffee. Those who want to reduce calories or caffeine can choose this tea. Chai tea activates the senses with its wonderful fragrances and can provide a good start to the day.
Çay Kapuçino (Tea- Chinese)
Frothed milk isn’t just for espresso. Cappuccino can also be prepared with herbal tea. While some milk provides extra protein and calcium, herbal tea can have various health benefits depending on the type used. For tea cappuccino, 1 liter of water is boiled, when the water boils, turn off the heat, add two herbal tea bags and let it sit for about 5 or 10 minutes. While the tea is brewing, a glass of milk is frothed thoroughly at 100 degrees with a frother, espresso machine or an immersion blender. When brewing is complete, pour hot tea (a little lemon juice can be added) into the cup or glass. If it is to be sweetened, a small amount of honey or a favorite sweetener can be added. Slowly add the frothed milk and serve. The ratio of milk and tea should be 1: 1. Cinnamon can be sprinkled on top of the foam.
Vanilla or Anise Tea
When brewed with a cup of hot milk, anise seeds or vanilla seeds, it gains a flavor boost. A spoonful of sugar or honey can be added to sweeten and have a hot, decaffeinated drink.
Russian tea contains the juice of four different fruits (pineapple, orange, apple and lemon juice), clove, cinnamon and black tea. Optionally, natural sweeteners can be added. While getting ready, the house smells great. This wonderful hot drink contains vitamin C and antioxidants. Preparing and drinking hot during the flu and cold season is good for sore throats. There are also powdered recipes for this drink, but making it with natural juices is better for health.
With the above hot drinks that can appeal to different palate tastes, you can stay warm and healthy throughout the winter.
Writer: Muserref Ozdas