Drawing ideas from own experiences and from the web, I have picked 3 comfort drinks/soups to share with you in this colder weather.
1. Tumeric Milk Tea
Not discouraged by the unusual combination of ingredients, I found this recipe adopted from Mark’s Daily Apple‘s very soothing and tasty.
(photo courtesy of http://www.marksdailyapple.com)
Coconut or almond milk, ginger (peeled and finely-chopped), sprinkles of tumeric, a dash of cayenne pepper, 1 teaspoon of agave honey or other natural sweetener and a sprinkle of cinnamon (optional).
Boil the coconut or almond milk with the chopped ginger, then mix in the tumeric, cayenne pepper and honey. Stir until no lumps. Pour into a mug, then sprinkle some cinnamon if desired.
TUMERIC – according to this study, “”curcumin [main ingredient of tuemric] has been shown to exhibit antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anticancer activities and thus has a potential against various malignant diseases, diabetes, allergies, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease and other chronic illnesses.”
2. Cocoa Coffee
Thinking about it already makes my mouth water – my preferences are warmed almond milk to creamer and dark cocoa to instant hot chocolate mix.
COCOA – a Harvard analysis shows that consuming flavonoid-rich cocoa is associated with “decreased blood pressure, improved blood vessel health, and improvement in cholesterol levels, and may reduce the risk factors for diabetes.
3. Sweet potato ginger soup
This is an absolute delight for the stomach and tummy in winter, popular among Chinese people for desserts.
(organic) sweet potato (peeled and cut in chunks), (organic) black sugar*, ginger (peeled and sliced).
Boil the sweet potato with ginger in water until the sweet potato starts to soften, then add some black sugar for taste.
SWEET POTATO – contains lots of fibre, heart-healthy-Vitamin B6 and potassium, manganese for controlling blood sugar and the antioxidants Vitamin A,C & E.
BLACK SUGAR – is a healthier form of sugar containing molasses, plus potassium, iron, calcium and other minerals.
GINGER – has many health benefits including alleviating symptoms of gastrointestinal distress and have therapeutic properties including antioxidant effects, to inhibit the formation of inflammatory compounds, and direct anti-inflammatory effects.