These seven drinks will keep you warm all winter long:
1. Chai Tea
While the coffee shop variety of chai tea is certainly not healthy (way too much sugar, loads of full-fat milk), this homemade chai recipe is. It yields eight servings, meaning each cup has just over a teaspoon of sugar. Plus, it’s brewed with many nutrient-packed herbs and spices.
2. Vanilla or Anise Steamer
A cup of hot milk gets a flavor boost when you steep it with anise seed (a traditional Dutch preparation) or vanilla bean. Add a spoonful of sugar or honey to taste and you’ll have a warming, caffeine-free drink that’s a perfect nightcap.
As avid coffee drinkers, we would never call coffee just a winter beverage. But we would be quick to sing its praises, including the fact that it’s been shown to lower your risk of liver cancer, type 2 diabetes and Parkinson’s disease. For the biggest health boons, skip the supersized, overly sweetened coffee-shop drinks and go straight for the black stuff.
Frothy milk isn’t just for espresso. Even herbal tea can get in the game, as this recipe proves. A splash of milk gives you an extra hit of protein and calcium, while the herbal tea itself can have a variety of health benefits depending on the type you use.
6. Hot Spiced Cider Tea
Apple cider is just juice with a fancier name, meaning it’s got all the natural sugar of apples without any of the healthy fiber. But this Hot Spiced Cider Tea uses cider to sweeten a spice-infused black tea, making it a winter warmer that we can get behind.
7. Mulled Wine
You made it to the end of the list and now you’re glad you did — mulled wine, people! While any mention of alcohol and health needs to have the standard caveats (moderation, etc.), this recipe for mulled wine gives you a helping of resveratrol — the main antioxidant found in red wine — along with the antioxidants in ginger and cinnamon. Skal!