During the winter months, nothing can be more relaxing and comforting than reaching for a steaming cup full of your favorite hot beverage. Here, we will take a look at some beverages that are not only delicious, but are also great for your health. These drinks can energize you, contain vitamins and antioxidants, and, in some cases, can even aid in weight loss. Not only are these drinks often family favorites around the holidays, but they are also great for you. Start drinking at least one of these on a daily basis and see a change in yourself.
Lemon water is exactly what it sounds like: just add a bit of lemon juice (around 2 tablespoons per 8 ounces of hot water) and add it to steaming water. You can also add a bit of honey, if you like.
This drink helps to eliminate free radicals, can give you a boost of energy without caffeine, and can also help to soothe an itchy or sore throat. A great cold remedy for young and old, lemon juice is not just for lemonade any longer, and this drink proves it.
Green tea has just a bit of caffeine, which can help you to be alert, awake, and vibrant.
It can also help to reduce your risk for certain cancers because it contains such high levels of both flavonoids and catechins. To reap the full benefits of this drink, drink around three cups per day that you brew yourself.
Tea you brew and then drink a few minutes after contains the most of the above compounds that are great for your body. You do not have to sweeten the tea, but you can if you want. Try to get organic green tea, if possible.
Hot cocoa is a fun, flavorful treat for everyone. But did you know it is also chock-full of antioxidants? Cocoa has nearly twice the amount of these compounds than red wine even does. Although chocolate also has these antioxidants, scientists see more of them released when chocolate is actually heated.
Other benefits include reduced risks for blood clots, better heart health, and increased flow of both oxygen and blood to your brain. Also, when you drink cocoa you can get your chocolaty fix without having to consume all the saturated fats found in popular candy bars.
This is everyone’s year – round choice for their favorite hot drink, there is no doubt. Coffee also contains lots of caffeine to keep you going, though that is not the only reason to love it. Studies have shown that women that consume coffee everyday may be less likely to become depressed.
It may also help to prevent cancer of the liver, Parkinson’s and dome types of diabetes. Coffee also has lots of antioxidants per cup, just like other drinks on our list. Try to take your coffee black, if you can, and filtered. Just be sure to drink it in moderation, and you are set.