Let’s face it, one of the best things about the festive season is all of the food and all of the drinks. One thing which is sure to get you in the mood is a festively themed beverage; deliciously decadent hot chocolates, seasonally-spiced, cinder-toffee sweet coffees and mulled everything.
To keep it fresh this festive season, try out two of our favourite alternative warming winter treats, which are easy to create at home and have some added health benefits to boot. Christmas win.
Golden turmeric lattes are having a bit of a moment thanks to their many health properties and also being widely available at high street coffee shops for those in the market for a non-coffee or tea-based drink. Turmeric is well known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties, and this is is a great way of getting this super spice into your diet. One of our favourite recipes by Alice Tate mixes ground turmeric with ground ginger, almond butter and milk for a creamy and surprisingly sweet but spicy mix. The warming ginger almost makes you think you’re having a gingerbread latte, but with a healthy twist.
Raw Hot Chocolate
’Tis the season for chocolate. We love chocolate. We bet you love chocolate too. And we already know that chocolate is great for runners. This drink has everything that’s amazing about hot chocolate but packs a serious health punch. Firstly, don’t be put off by the word raw! Using rich cacao powder rather than sweetened hot chocolate powder, means you’ll be satisfying that sweet craving properly, so you won’t feel the need to go back for more (although you can if you want to!). Raw cacao has a slightly bitter edge which can be tempered with a sprinkle of stevia, coconut sugar or even some good old fashioned maple syrup. If you can’t get your hands on raw cacao powder, good quality cocoa powder is a great substitute.
And it couldn’t be simpler to make. Mix 250ml (or 1 cup) of your milk of choice with two teaspoons of cacao powder, and warm in a pan. Sweeten to your taste with your sweetener of choice (we love coconut sugar the best) and enjoy whilst it’s hot to make it extra festive, you could even add a drop of peppermint or vanilla extract.
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