I really struggle when it comes to hot drinks on this diet.
I am following a version of the Autoimmune Protocol so coffee is out for me. I am not a fan of green tea either, just can't stomach the stuff.
I am looking for Autoimmune Protocol friendly ideas for hot drinks, preferably caffeine free.
Something I could buy from the supermarket would be ideal. :-)
Rooibos tea, aka Red African tea, is caffeine free, and in my opinion, delicious. I'm not sure how it fits in to the AIP, though. It is technically an herb, not tea.
I've seen it stocked at all the major supermarkets. Tazo Tea makes an Organic Apple Red tea which has apple and caramel flavors, but one of the ingredients is "Natural Flavors" -- I'm doubting that works with AIP... If you're in the states, Kroger's store brand is just plain rooibos.
It's great stuff. I steep it for about half an hour and drink it hot or over ice.
Put a lemon slice, ginger and cinnamon in a cup and add hot water. Alternatively, only using one the three works too. I've also used raw liquorice powder with hot water - works fine too.
Bone broth is wonderful to sip as a hot beverage. I freeze broth in Ice cube trays and pop a few in my cup to microwave (or heat on the stovetop). Yum!
Add a squeeze of lemon to really perk up the flavor.
rooibos is great. so is roasted dandelion root (Traditional Mecidinals) for something resembling coffee. if you can find dried hibiscus flowers, those make a wonderfully tart tea, and with a squirt of lemon juice it's very refreshing. it's the ingredient in Tazo Passion tea and the Celestial Seasonings Zingers, but those brands have scary ingredients. also boiling cinnamon sticks for a while yields a spicy, sweet tea from the cinnamon oil. that's pretty yummy
I love turmeric tea. There are so many variations on the internet: https://www.marksdailyapple.com/creamy-turmeric-tea/ http://www.thespeach.com/2012/03/healing-ginger-turmeric-sleep-tea/ etc.
Also, googling "turmeric tea bags" gives enough results so I am sure you can find some in a supermarket.
Mountain Rose Herbs has a great Herbal Coffee blend and other very tasty herbal teas. Get a black tea-free chai or make your own. The warm spices are so nice this time of the year.
I also love this recipe and it's great for reducing inflammation: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/creamy-turmeric-tea/
Rooibos is wonderful! So many great antioxidants. If you don't mind a little bit of caffeine (but nowhere near as much as coffee), try a loose-leaf chai tea. I make mine with coconut milk and water, boil it on the stove, and then strain it. It's very good!