So its getting cold here and I'm very cold natured, so naturally I want something warm to drink in the winter. The problem is that traditional warm drinks have caffeine in them, or are high carb (coffee, tea, hot cocoa etc) Is all tea diuretic- even say peppermint? I want to drink something that is hydrating, no or low caffeine and low carb. Any suggestions?
I would say bone broth - it is very satisfying for me, but once I am through with my 30 day hardcore paleo challenge I am going to try to experiment with some coconut milk hot cocoa - something that wouldn't be super sweet, just with the little bit of sugar in the coconut milk, and maybe some cayenne and cinnamon to make it Mayan style. I have a really awesome high quality dutched cocoa powder called Radeburger if you can find it - super chocolately, and just fiber carbs. I also like the tea ideas - I love herbal and flower teas, they have their own sweetness without having to add any.
Caffeine is considered a diuretic, so green tea falls into that category even though the caffeine levels are low. Also yarrow and dandelion.
Oh man. Ok.. umm.. my attempts at keeping you warm:
My person favourite: hot water, lemon, smashed ginger, squeeze of lemon, squeeze of honey. With or without a big fat pour of whiskey :)
This stuff is, hands down, my favorite caffeine-free hot beverage:
We buy it in bulk from Amazon's subscribe & save service.
And if you want a little winter indulgence, this stuff is simply AMAZING. (we sub stevia for the agave nectar, though)
Ginger is one of my favorite allies. I keep several Mason jars of homemade ginger tea ready in the fridge most of the year, but especially in winter.
I chop a pound of fresh roots and simmer them skin and all for the better part of a day, either on the stove or in a slow cooker. It comes out somewhat concentrated so when I want some I just mix it with more water to taste, heat, and enjoy. I find it has the added benefit of keeping some cold-weather winter-related joint inflammation/stiffness at bay, and is great for any tummy troubles as well as being particularly warming. It mixes well with dandelion root teabags, or fresh lemon juice and a few grinds of sea salt. Stevia sometimes, sometimes not.
There are SO many good herbal teas out there. Yogi's Egyptian Licorice is a fave, and doesn't taste like licorice, more like cinnamon. I also like vanilla rooibos and twig (Kukicha) tea, which has a coffee-like taste and has very low caffeine.
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