As the weather cools and the mercury dips down, we naturally begin craving more warming foods. That includes hot liquids, drinks, soups, and teas too.
Using some warming herbs and spices at this time of year is a very smart choice. They can be added to any type of fruit juice or tea to make a great tasting drink with some powerful healing (and heating) properties.
For example, a traditional warming winter drink made with herbs and spices is a mulled cider. It contains cloves, star anise and cinnamon. Take a closer look at these specific herbs and spices here.
The next time you’re feeling the chill of winter, warm up with some spiced cider, and let it work it’s healing magic on you.
Here’s a quick recipe for you:
- 12 oz. pear cider (or apple)
- 6 oz water (can use cider or juice instead)
- 4 star anise
- 6-8 whole cloves
- 2 cinnamon sticks
Bring cider, water, star anise, cloves and cinnamon sticks to a boil. If you want a stronger cider, omit the water and use more cider. Cover and reduce to simmer. Cook 7-10 minutes. Pour into your favorite mug. Grab a cozy blanket, cuddle up on the couch and start sipping. Makes 2-3 servings.
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker and Herbalist. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.