Healthy Winter Warmers to enjoy during the Festive season.
Winter is that time of the year when Nature and its creatures take a break, humans included.
It is the season both for hibernation and festivities (which includes food and drink). These are few of my favorite ‘cocktails’ which are delicious, warming, have numerous health benefits and especially useful in keeping the sniffles away at this time of the year.
I use Organic whole spices and ingredients with proportions to suit the palette.
1. Spice it up!
Green Cardamom, Cinnamon, Cloves, Black pepper, Ginger grated/cut, Licorice root (optional), Green Tea leaves (optional).
- To a pan of boiling water add the above ingredients in a proportion you desire, going easy on the cloves 2. Cover with lid and simmer for 5-10 minutes 3. Strain into your favorite tea cup and enjoy!
2. Golden Milk
Ingredients to make the Golden paste: 1 to 1.5 cups Water, 1/2 cup Turmeric powder, 5 Tbsp Virgin Coconut oil, Ginger (optional), 1.5 tsp Black pepper and 1/4 tsp Cinnamon.
- In a pan, mix the Turmeric powder into a cup of water, slowly heat and stir for 5-8 minutes till you get a thick paste. 2. Add ginger, pepper, cinnamon and Coconut oil. 3. Continue stirring till everything is mixed. 4. Allow the paste to cool. 5. Heat a cup of ‘milk’ of your choice and blend in one tsp of this Golden paste to make this healthy Golden Milk to be enjoyed at any time of the day !
The rest of the paste can be refrigerated in a glass bottle for a couple of weeks. As I am not an advocate of dairy or soy milk , I suggest using Additive free Almond/Rice/Oat/Coconut milk. I personally use Organic Almond milk by Rude Health which is easily available in most supermarkets in U.K. This Almond milk contains some Rice milk in it which makes it naturally sweet thus avoiding the need to use any sweeteners.
3. Cinnamon Fruit Smoothie
1 cup water, 1 banana, 1 pear, 3 Figs (fresh or dried), small piece of ginger, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, Seeds of your choice.
Blend the above in a high speed blender for 1/2 to 1 minute for a winter warming smoothie. It tastes good even without figs.