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3 Hot Beverages To Keep You Healthy This Winter

We’ve all heard the saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but what about when apples (and other healthy produce) are out of season and hard to find?

Staying hydrated is one of the most important secrets to staying healthy, and there are plenty of hot beverages that will both boost your immune system and keep you warm when the weather outside is frightful.

Hot Apple Chai-der - This raw beverage is a blend of the two most delicious winter beverages, apple cider and chai tea. The drink starts off with regular apple cider, then kicks things up a notch with warm spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove. Learn how to make it by watching the video below!

Cocoa Mojo Superfood Hot Chocolate – This delicious take on healthy hot chocolate is a favorite among winter hikers and mountain climbers. Made by Enerhealth Botanicals, it’s enhanced with herbal polysaachrides from four different medicinal mushrooms, Ganoderma lucidum, Cordyceps Sinensis, Agaricus Blazei, and Coriolus Versicolor to build immune function and help you stay healthy during flu season.

Green Tea: A study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found that taking a green tea extract reduced the number of sick days and the severity of cold symptoms felt by participants. Drinking several cups of hot green tea a day throughout the winter can help you to fight off the cold and flu symptoms that will try to drag you down.

Know of another healthy, hot beverage that belongs on this list? Share it in a comment!

Also check out:
Hot Apple Cider Three Ways
Healthy Hot Cocoa
Seven Warming Winter Herbs (Slideshow)

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Beth is a freelance writer and editor living in the Rocky Mountain West. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog or check out her blog.


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7:14PM PDT on Jul 31, 2013


11:47PM PST on Dec 29, 2011

Ginger tea...fresh grated ginger in a teapot or thermos with hot water poured over it and steeped for a good 15 minutes or more. Add honey to taste if desired. Two powerhouse foods that tackle a multitude of ills and warm you right to your toes!

When we are sick with colds, coughs, and/or sore throats I make what the family call "The Burny Stuff!" It is fresh grated ginger, a cinnamon stick, three cloves, sage, and marshmallow flowers all boiled together in a litre and a half of water for 20 minutes. I keep it in a thermos jug, we drink small cups of it throughout the day, adding a little honey as an added sweet, antibacterial soother. A squeeze of lemon is sometimes also added for a vitamin C boost.

11:14AM PST on Dec 29, 2011


11:43AM PDT on May 4, 2011

Great info.

4:39PM PDT on Apr 14, 2011

Omg. The Hot Apple Chai-der sounds amaaaazing!

10:11AM PST on Jan 26, 2011


2:42AM PST on Jan 14, 2011

fresh organic chicken noodle soup has alwaysworked for me.

3:52PM PST on Jan 10, 2011

I live in South Korea, and it has been really cold this winter. (It is snowing right now as I type this comment.) Hot drinks are definitely useful. Thanks for the ideas!

11:01AM PST on Jan 4, 2011

i love green tea!thanks

1:53PM PST on Nov 30, 2010

fresh ginger tea!!

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