Drinking healthy brings so many benefits in our body and can greatly affect our overall health. Having a healthy drink in the morning is more than just to quench your thirst after long hours of sleeping. It is an interesting way to rehydrate, have enough nutrients to get through the day, and prevent life threatening diseases in the long run.
Here are delicious and healthy drinks to start your day.
Hot Dark Chocolate. Enjoying a hot chocolate drink is actually good for the health contrary to what we usually hear. Chocolate is made from cocoa which is rich in antioxidants that are good for the skin, lower blood sugar levels, regulate blood flow, and reduce inflammation to fight skin aging, heart disease, and diabetes. It is important to check the cocoa content of the chocolate that you use as higher cocoa content contains less sugar and more bioactive compounds that are beneficial to your health. 70% cocoa is better and healthier. You can use artificial sugar like erythritol and stevia to add more sweetness in a healthy way and without guilt.
Turmeric Latte. Turmeric is known for its medicinal properties that helps prevent diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and even cancer. It also relieves symptoms of arthritis as it has anti-inflammatory effect that eases inflammation and swelling of the disease. To make the drink, put 1 tablespoon of grated fresh turmeric, 1 tablespoon of grated fresh ginger, 1 cup of almond or coconut milk, and 2 tablespoons of maple syrup or honey into a blender and blend for about 1 minute. Heat the mixture over medium high heat on a small saucepan, stir vigorously until it begins to foam but do not allow to boil. Transfer to a mug to start enjoying your delicious healthy drink.
Lemon Water. Perhaps this is the easiest to prepare among other healthy drinks but it brings so many benefits to your body. You just have to squeeze half a lemon into a glass of hot or cold water and add honey or mint to have more flavor. The beverage improves skin health, aids indigestion, burns fats, prevents kidney stones, and a great source of vitamin c that boost your immune system and keeps you safe from diseases.
Chai Latte. A spicy-sweet drink that is popular in coffee shops including Starbucks. However, Starbucks version is full of sweeteners and additives making the drink unhealthy. Traditional Chai Latte is a mixture of black tea, ginger, cloves, cardamom, and cinnamon that gives good benefits to your body. It strengthens the immune system, prevents neurodegenerative disease like dementia, fights skin aging, lowers blood sugar levels, and reduces the growth of tumors which may lead to cancer.
Hot Tea. You can never go wrong with tea as it is considered superfood in the world. The beverage promotes weight loss, prevents diabetes, good for the brain, fights against skin aging, lowers the risk of heart disease, aids digestion problems, and helps fight cancer by repairing damaged cells and generating healthy new cells.
Brewed Coffee. There are good reasons to drink coffee aside from waking you up in the morning with the delicious smell of coffee. The aromatic drink is good for your liver, prevents type 2 diabetes, protects you against harmful effects of free radicals, improves physical performance, reduces the risk of depression, good for your memory, and prevents heart disease.
Cinnamon Coconut Latte. Make coffee more interesting by making a little twist and adding more flavor to the drink. Pour 12 ounces of brewed coffee, 2 teaspoons of coconut oil, 1 teaspoon of melted unsalted butter, ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon, ¼ cup of unsweetened coconut milk, and 1/8 teaspoon of vanilla extract into a blender and blend for 15 to 20 seconds or until frothy. Then pour into a coffee mug to enjoy. The drink is great for the gut and people with joint problems. It is also rich in collagen which is good for the bones and skin health.