We all know that water is the healthiest choice for staying hydrated, but it’s not the only drink that can boost our energy levels and improve our health. Healthy drinks should be as much a part of our daily routine as movement and exercise. As well as being an important inclusion into your day, different drinks can also improve digestion, sharpen your
cognitive functions and ease your stress. Read on to find our top 4 drinks that not only taste delicious but pack a huge nutritional punch too!
Starting off your morning with a nutrient-rich smoothie is a fantastic way to ensure you’re meeting your 5-a-day and can be made quickly if you’re in a hurry.
- 1 cup frozen fruit (e.g. banana, mixed berries)
- 1 cup of fresh greens (spinach, kale, or rocket)
- 1/2 – 1 cup milk (e.g. almond, coconut)
- 1/2 tablespoon ground seeds (flax, chia, etc.)
- 1 tsp nut butter
Place the above ingredients in a high-speed blender and mix until they’re smooth. We recommend starting with 1/2 cup of milk and topping up with water depending on how thick you like your smoothies.
Immune Boosting Shot
Certain ingredients are well known for their immune-boosting properties, and whilst there are many supplements available, nothing compares to real food. This recipe is perfect to prevent and treat colds as well as being a great natural anti-inflammatory remedy.
- 1 apple
- 1 lemon
- 2-inch piece of ginger root (about 5cm)
- 2-inch piece of turmeric root (about 5 cm)
- 1 pinch black pepper (this helps your body to absorb the nutrients)
Wash all these ingredients before preparing. If they’re not organic, we recommend peeling them as well. Chop the ingredients and put everything through the juicer. If you don’t have a juicer, place all the ingredients in a blender, add some water and blend until smooth. Take as a shot and enjoy the spicy after taste!
Healthy Hot Chocolate
There’s nothing more comforting than a hot chocolate. However, it’s often packed with sugar and is usually more indulgent than healthy. But it doesn’t have to be! Cacao and cinnamon have fantastic health properties and these can be enhanced with the right combination of ingredients.
- 1 teaspoon of almond butter
- 1 cup of almond milk
- 2 teaspoons of raw cacao
- 2 tablespoons of date syrup
- ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon and nutmeg
- Optional: add a vanilla protein powder or top with orange zest
Take all the ingredients above and place them into a saucepan. Then, gently stir them while on low heat. Use a whisk if you want a frothy finish. Once the whole mix is warmed up, serve it in your best mug and relish!
Turmeric is a wonder herb and has been used in traditional Indian cooking for thousands of years. Yet, we’re only just starting to understand the therapeutic properties of its active ingredients. The anti-inflammatory effects of turmeric have been shown to be comparable to the many pharmaceutical anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen, without any noted side effects. Although you could add it to your cooking, you can also enjoy it as a warming drink!
Turmeric Latte Mix
- 5 Tablespoons ground turmeric
- 3 teaspoons ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
To Make a Turmeric Latte
- 1 1/2 cups milk of choice (e.g. oat/coconut)
- 1 teaspoon turmeric latte mix
- ½ teaspoon honey (optional)
To Make Turmeric Latte Mix
In a bowl combine turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, and black pepper. Whisk to combine. Transfer to a glass jar with a lid.
To Make a Turmeric Latte
Splash some of the milk accompanied by 1 teaspoon of turmeric latte mix in a small pot. Whisk these together to create a consistent liquid.
Add the remaining milk, whisk to combine the ingredients, and heat over medium-high heat until steaming.
Carefully pour into a mug and enjoy!