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4 warm and cozy drinks

By Beverly Vandall | In Common Ailments, Healthy Living | on November 26, 2017

Written by:  Tanya Snow

So about 10 years ago I gave up coffee (ish- I still have a day here or there when I need that extra boost). But I still need a little hit of something warm periodically, so I started playing around with some different combinations and wanted to share.

Here are my top 4 warm and cozy drinks:

Mushroom Tea

My favorite brand is Four Stigmatic and I get it from Natures Fare here in Vernon. I most often use this tea as a midday pick me up.

Mushrooms are adaptogens that help your body manage stress. Good to consume when under pressure at work, traveling, or just suffering from the general anxieties of life. Mushroom tea can also help balance the immune system, the opposite effect of coffee. Mushroom tea helps energize the body without stimulating it. Take a moment and re-read that last statement. Mushroom tea calms you down while waking you up. Hopefully, that’s enough for you to at least try one.


Golden Milk

I first learned about this ancient drink in my Ayurvedic course and learned of its properties which aid with sleep and help combat the cold and flu season. Golden Milk, also know is Turmeric Milk is not a fad, in fact has been around for years. Here are a few benefits to consider:

·         Turmeric milk helps build immunity.

·         Gives relief from a cough and cold.

·         Good remedy for digestive problems.

·         It is a liver tonic.

·         Excellent blood purifier.

·         Clarifies the skin.

·         Provides relief from autoimmune diseases.

If I haven’t peaked your interested I don’t know what will…


Beetroot Latte

Yup you read that right, beets in your latte. This is another midday pick for me. It could be the pink colour that gravitates me to this drink but it is a common one I enjoy throughout the different seasons.

Now here are the amazing benefits of beetroot powder: rich in antioxidants, dietary fiber, calcium, iron, potassium, folate, and manganese, along with other nutrients. Perhaps most notable, beets are naturally rich in nitrate, compounds that can improve blood flow and lower blood pressure, leading to notable health benefits.


Matcha Latte

This is the one I make the most, and I have tweaked it over the years. Through experimentation I have tried a few different combinations but consistently enjoy the one from the Minimalist Baker (mmmm so yummy).

Why do I recommend adding Maca powder, Ashwagandaa and Coconut Butter to your latte? Let me tell you the benefits:

Maca powder

What is it? Maca is a cruciferous vegetable and therefore related to broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and kale. It has a long history of culinary and medicinal use in Peru.The main edible part of the plant is the root, which grows underground. It exists in several colors, ranging from white to black.

Benefits: Maca is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. It is a rich source of enzymes and amino acids (20 different kinds — that’s just about all of them!)


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