We’re in the midst of winter, and the cold weather is upon us. One of my preferred ways to warm up after spending some time outdoors is by sipping on my favorite hot drinks. However, a lot of tasty, hot drinks such as cappuccinos and lattes can be fattening and not so good for our health.

After doing some poking around for healthier hot drink recipes, I’ve found several that are better for us, health wise, and are delicious, as well. Read on for deliciously nutritious recipes which can quickly become your favorite go to hot drinks!

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4 Nutritious, Hot Drinks To Keep You Toasty On A Cold Day

 

1. Hot Vanilla Chai Latte

 

Hot drinks Vanilla Chai Latte

A latte is perfect to start off a cold day! I love to make lattes to take with me on the go and discovered this healthy recipe which can fuel your day with the added protein from the shake powder.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup vanilla protein shake powder
  • 1 tbsp chai seeds
  • 8 oz. low-fat milk or almond milk
  • Cinnamon or nutmeg for flavor

 

Instructions:

  • Heat your milk on the stovetop until it is warm. Don’t let it boil, however.
  • Whisk in the vanilla protein shake powder.
  • Crush the chia seeds and mix them into the blend.
  • Optional: Use a frother is you have one.
  • Sprinkle cinnamon or nutmeg on the top.

 

Yes, this is a caffeine free version of a latte, but the added protein can really jump start your day and give you the energy to keep going all day long.

2. Chywanprash

 

Hot Drinks - Chywanprash

Chywanprash is a 2,000-year-old drink recipe and what makes it unique is the sweet and spicy Ayurvedic paste. The paste has about 49 natural ingredients which come from fruits, herbs, and roots, and it is high in mineral content, and vitamin C. Chywanprash is commonly drunk in India as an immune system booster.

Ingredients:

  • 6 pitted dates
  • 1/2 inch fresh ginger root
  • 4 red apples
  • 1 freshly peeled lemon
  • 1/2 peeled banana
  • 1 tbsp Chywanprash Paste – You can purchase Chywanprash paste from a health food store or an online health food retailer.

 

Instructions: 

  • Juice the ginger, lemon, and apples.
  • Add the juice to a blender with the 1/2 banana.
  • Blend on a low setting, then add the dates and Chywanprash paste.
  • Keep blending for approximately 2 minutes.
  • Pour the mixture into a saucepan and heat until it is hot. Do not boil.
  • Pour the Chywanprash into a mug and enjoy!

 

This the perfect, hot drink to help support your immune system during the cold, winter months!

 

3. Hot Cider and Cranberry

 

Hot Drinks - Hot Apple Cranberry

 

 

Who doesn’t love hot cider? And, add the flavor of cranberries and several other fruits, and you have a wonderful, pleasing, hot winter drink!

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1/2 cup cranberry juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp brandy (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 clove
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 lemon grated zest
  • 1/2 grated zest
  • 1/4 sliced apple (to add slices to your drink)
  • Cranberries (to add to your drink)

 

Instructions:

  • In a saucepan, combine all the ingredients except for the apple slices, cranberries, and cinnamon stick.
  • Heat up the mixture until it is hot, but do not boil.
  • Pour the hot drink into a mug.
  • Add the apple slices and cranberries.
  • Stir with the cinnamon stick.
  • Enjoy!

 

This drink offers lots of vitamin C and other nutrients which will give you that wintertime boost to keep your immune system strong!

 

4. Spicy Hot Chocolate 

 

Hot Drinks - spicy hot chocolate

 

Warm up on a cold winter day with a spicy, hot chocolate! Chile peppers give this traditional drink a kick as well as added vitamins A and C!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup 1% milk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne peppers
  • 1 tbsp dark chocolate chips
  • Whipped cream to top (optional)

 

Instructions:

  • Heat the milk in a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add the vanilla, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper.
  • Stir in the dark chocolate chips until they are melted.
  • Pour into a mug.
  • Add whipped cream.
  • Enjoy!

 

 

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We, here at Zen Sports Balm wish you a wonderfully, warm winter season and hope you enjoy these tasty and nutritious hot drinks!

Furthermore, share these recipes with your friends so that they too can enjoy nutritious, hot drinks this winter season!

Cheers,

Robin, and the Zen team