In winter we definitely need to wrap up warm, especially for those of us who are getting a lot older. We are most vulnerable so also are people with some form of disability. So there is the need to get cosy, and one way of doing this is to have hot drinks.
However, we need to be cautious of what we take in as well, making sure it is not laced with sugar and full cream milk.
So what drinks should we be thinking of?
First one on the list would be :
Fresh Ginger Tea
Ginger tea has been known to be good for stomach aches and nausea. To make ginger tea, grate or cut a slice a small piece of root ginger. Add boiling water and let it brew for 10 minutes.
You could also buy ginger tea from the shops.
There are numerous fruity flavoursome fruit teas, with low-calorie options. Remember to check the labels, selecting the ones without sugar and also ones with liquorice, as they are like to raise your blood pressure.
Fresh Mint Tea
Mint tea, has been known to aid digestion and it is also a great plate cleaner. Simply tear a few mint leaves, wash and place in a small teapot and add boiling water. However watch out for Moroccan mint tea, served in restaurants as they could be loaded with sugary syrups.
Don’t we all like hot chocolate, however, they can bes very rich in sugars and saturated fat from full cream milk also often laced with whipped cream on top. The added sugar could result in weight gain, and a full cream would increase cholesterol level
So then would be the healthier alternative would be.
Simply mix unsweetened cocoa powder with low-fat milk and add sweeteners or other low-calorie sugar
A coffee latte made with made with whole milk could have as much as 300g calories in them. Our best bet would be to use low-calorie milk with sweeteners. By all means, avoid flavoured drinks such as vanilla or gingerbread lattes which normally have sugary syrups.
Green tea has some amount of caffeine, made from the same as black tea. Green tea is a healthier option to drinks that have high sugar and fat composition
Some of the benefits of green tea are as follows.
Green Tea Contains Bioactive Compounds That Improve Health
Compounds in Green Tea Can Improve Brain Function and Make You Smarter
Green Tea Increases Fat Burning and Improves Physical Performance
Antioxidants in Green Tea May Lower Your Risk of Some Types of Cancer
Green Tea May Protect Your Brain in Old Age, Lowering Your Risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
Green Tea Can Kill Bacteria, Which Improves Dental Health and Lowers Your Risk of Infection
Green Tea May Lower Your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
Green Tea May Reduce Your Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
Green Tea Can Help You Lose Weight and Lower Your Risk of Obesity
Green Tea May Help You Live Longer