7 Healthy Warm Winter Drinks

These hot drinks will keep you warm all winter long.

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These seven drinks will keep you warm all winter long:
1. Chai Tea

While the coffee shop variety of chai tea is certainly not healthy (way too much sugar, loads of full-fat milk), this homemade chai recipe is. It yields eight servings, meaning each cup has just over a teaspoon of sugar. Plus, it’s brewed with many nutrient-packed herbs and spices.

Fragrant vanilla, cinnamon sticks, star anise and glass of milk on wooden surface

2. Vanilla or Anise Steamer

A cup of hot milk gets a flavor boost when you steep it with anise seed (a traditional Dutch preparation) or vanilla bean. Add a spoonful of sugar or honey to taste and you’ll have a warming, caffeine-free drink that’s a perfect nightcap.

Hot Black coffee in a white cup on the table.


Hot Black coffee in a white cup on the table.

3. Coffee

As avid coffee drinkers, we would never call coffee just a winter beverage. But we would be quick to sing its praises, including the fact that it’s been shown to lower your risk of liver cancer, type 2 diabetes and Parkinson’s disease. For the biggest health boons, skip the supersized, overly sweetened coffee-shop drinks and go straight for the black stuff.

Ginger-lemon hot black tea with honey in a white porcelain dish, selective focus

Photo by: Olga Kochina

Olga Kochina

4. Ginger Tea

Ginger contains compounds that stimulate the immune system. Use fresh ginger to make warming ginger tea.

Herbal Tea


Herbal Tea

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Top Photo Corporation

5. Tea-Chino

Frothy milk isn’t just for espresso. Even herbal tea can get in the game, as this recipe proves. A splash of milk gives you an extra hit of protein and calcium, while the herbal tea itself can have a variety of health benefits depending on the type you use.

6. Hot Spiced Cider Tea

Apple cider is just juice with a fancier name, meaning it’s got all the natural sugar of apples without any of the healthy fiber. But this Hot Spiced Cider Tea uses cider to sweeten a spice-infused black tea, making it a winter warmer that we can get behind.

Photo by: Brian Kennedy ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Brian Kennedy , 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

7. Mulled Wine

You made it to the end of the list and now you’re glad you did — mulled wine, people! While any mention of alcohol and health needs to have the standard caveats (moderation, etc.), this recipe for mulled wine gives you a helping of resveratrol — the main antioxidant found in red wine — along with the antioxidants in ginger and cinnamon. Skal!

Kerri-Ann is a registered dietitian who writes on food and health trends. Find more of her work at kerriannjennings.com or follow her on Twitter @kerriannrd or Facebook.

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