Keeping Warm Without Putting On The Calories

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Brrrrr, can you feel the chill of winter setting in? The shorter days and the elusive sight of the sun? This time of year can be something of a challenge when it comes to staying motivated and keeping to our healthy and hearty eating habits. And with the festive season fast approaching, it’s more important than any other time of year to ensure that you’re staying on top of your health.

Hot drinks are a perfect way of wearing up on a cold morning or a brilliant way to keep you going through and after a long day. Mulled wine, spiced cider, hot chocolate – They’re all drinks that we truly savor and enjoy at this time of year, and so we should! But what if you’re trying to keep down the calories? What if you want that same feeling of warmth but don’t want the added sugars or fat that a mug of hot cocoa may contain?

Well, they are plenty of low-calorie alternatives that won’t eat into your diet plan, while also being full of natural flavours and spices that are sure to satisfy you in just the same way as their alcoholic or milk containing cousins.

One particular drink can also be a brilliant boost for your immune system, keeping you warm, happy, healthy and free of the winter blues – It’s spiced ginger, it’s vegan, and it’s delicious!

Vegan Spiced Hot Ginger Drink Recipe

Ingredients

  • 6 cups purified or spring water
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped into small bits
  • 2 medium lemons, juiced (about 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice)
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon (or a cinnamon stick)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup, grade B (or another sweetener, adjust to
  • taste)Instructions

Instructions

  1. Add 2 cups of water and the fresh ginger to a
  2. Add 2 cups of water and the fresh ginger to a high-speed blender.
  3. Blend from low to high for about 60 seconds, until the water turns a light yellow color, and all of the ginger has been pulverized. A few tiny clumps are OK, as they will be strained later.
  4. Pour this ginger mixture along with the remaining 4 cups of water into a large pot and bring to a boil.
  5. Add in the cinnamon or cinnamon stick. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5-10 minutes. (Note: If you have a Vitamix, you could also just use the “soup” feature to warm your tea!)
  6. When the simmering time is up, pour the tea back into the blender container, but use a mesh strainer to catch any of the ginger pulp and particles.
  7.  A large mesh strainer will make things easiest, although a small strainer could work too. You could also use a nut milk back if needed.
  8. Add the lemon juice, cayenne, and sweetener to the blender as well and do a quick thirty-second blend on low to mix the ingredients.
  9. Take a sip and add additional cayenne or sweetener to taste.
  10. Serve warm.
  11. Store leftovers in the fridge and serve chilled or re-warm in a microwave or on your stovetop. Or even in your blender on “soup” setting.
  • Yield: 6 cups
  • Prep Time: 00 hrs. 05 mins.
  • Cook time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.
  • Total time: 15 mins.

Recipe link: http://kblog.lunchboxbunch.com/2014/10/speedy-spicy-fresh-ginger-tea-or-apple.html

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