Grab your thick jackets and fuzzy socks because it’s getting a bit cold in Cape Town these days. As winter makes its abrupt entrance thanks to a dramatic and “intense” cold front, Capetonians may need to say their final goodbyes to summer and hello to wetter and colder days. But don’t fear, to help warm you up this winter, here are a few healthy drinks that you can add to your winter-warmer list.
Turmeric Lattes are having a bit of a moment these days, and we couldn’t be happier. Adding turmeric to your diet, especially in winter, is an excellent idea since it has several anti-inflammatory properties. It’s easy to make too. Grab your favourite non-dairy milk, turmeric (root and powder), and a pinch of nutmeg and cinnamon. Add a dash of maple syrup or honey if you’re looking to sweeten things.
Chai is a famous Indian drink that’s been adopted by the Western world. It contains an array of aromatic spices and is the perfect addition to your winter-warming drinks list. In addition to keeping you from freezing, chai has the added benefits of improving digestion, relieving nausea and regulating cholesterol.
If you’re running low on your stash of herbal tea or coffee, ginger tea is here to rescue you! It’s an easy recipe that only requires a few slices of fresh ginger and boiling water. Renowned for having immune-boosting properties, it will undoubtedly keep you warm this winter.
Along with keeping your fingers nice and toasty this winter, Green tea is an excellent alternative when you find yourself consuming your tenth cup of coffee. With winter being the perfect opportunity for germs to breed, green tea helps to fight off pathogens and boost your immune system.
Adding a steaming cup of hot lemon water to your daily winter routine may not sound too appealing, but it has some incredible benefits that will help you beat the cold and boost your immune system. Drinking lemon water regularly reduces inflammation and cleanses your system, guaranteeing you feel less bloated and more refreshed.
If you’re looking for a winter drink that’s a little stronger, Glühwein or mulled wine should definitely be on the list. Along with the same anti-inflammatory properties found in ginger and lemon, mulled wine can help fight off colds. As with any alcoholic beverage, a level of caution is advised. Ready to start making your own? Several online tutorials will help you get started.