(All recipes are for one serving size.)
There is no better way to conquer those chilly mornings than with a warm mug of lightly sweet serenity. Health-based and naturally sweetened to provide antioxidants, these warm drinks will help give you that little jolt of energy first thing in the morning.
Vanilla Matcha Latte
In addition to speeding up your metabolism, matcha contains the amino acid called L-theanine that not only provides a calmer energy, but also may increase alpha brain waves. Unlike coffee or an energy drink, matcha keeps away the jitters and may help you focus better.
1 tsp. Matcha Powder, latte grade
8 fl. oz. Vanilla Almond Milk, or regular milk + ½ tsp. vanilla extract
(Optional) 1 tsp. Honey, or maple syrup
1) In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, whisk together all ingredients. Whisk vigorously until milk is frothy and the matcha powder has dissolved. Serve warm with a dash of cinnamon.
Enjoy your favorite black coffee with this maple foam that is a tasty alternative to the typical sugar-filled lattes. Keep life simple with a little latte upgrade at home.
8 fl. oz. Coffee, strongly brewed and hot
¼ cup Milk
½ Tbsp. Pure Maple Syrup
Pinch of each: Ground Cinnamon, Allspice, and Nutmeg
1) In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, vigorously whisk together the milk, pure maple syrup, and spices, until foamy and warm. Another option is to add those ingredients into a microwave-safe jar, heat for 30 seconds, then tightly screw on the lid and shake until foamy.
2) Pour the foamy maple milk over the hot coffee to enjoy warm.
After a productive day, relaxing at home on those early sundown evenings with a warm drink can be the simplest of great rewards. Not only can they improve your night’s rest, but your kitchen will smell heavenly.
The aromatic quality of peppermint helps to naturally relieve anxiety, muscle tension, and stress. While you can simply use a peppermint tea sachet, if you come across fresh mint, then this recipe is worth the extra minute!
16 fl. oz. Water (about 2 cups)
¼ cup Mint Leaves (about a handful)
1) Add the water to a saucepan over medium-high heat to bring to a boil.
2) Add in the mint leaves, then reduce heat to medium low for 5 minutes. Depending on how strong you would like the tea to be, simmer for up to 12 minutes on low.
3) Optional: Add a dash of milk and honey for a lightly sweet tea latte.
Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate
You may have heard the old wives’ tale remedy for sleepiness: warm milk. So, why not take it up a notch by making a healthier hot chocolate that will make you want to put on your fuzzy socks. The addition of ground cinnamon not only helps lower your blood sugar, but can also help you relax, with its natural anti-inflammatory properties.
8 fl. oz. (1 cup) Almond Milk, or regular milk
1 Tbsp. Raw Cacao Powder
1 Tbsp. Pure Maple Syrup
¼ tsp. Vanilla Extract
¼ tsp. Ground Cinnamon
1) Combine all ingredients into a saucepan over medium-high heat, then whisk until smooth. Heat up to your desired warmth, whisking occasionally to keep it smooth.
Keep the kettle hot this winter, because these cozy winter drinks will nestle their ways into your heart!