3 Hot Drinks for Cold Weather That Are Good For Your Heart

3. Cocoa With Dark Chocolate


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What’s better than a steaming mug of hot chocolate, when the temperature drops into the single digits? Prepare a heart-healthy version by subbing in a plant-based milk — such as almond, soy, or hemp milk — that’s low in saturated fat. These all work well if you have high cholesterol and you’re looking for a dairy substitute for your cocoa. You could also use fat-free cow’s milk or 1 percent milk

2. Apple Cider (with Cinnamon)

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Wrap whole cloves and whole allspice in a small piece of cheesecloth and add it to a saucepan of apple cider along with a few cinnamon sticks. Set on a stove burner and turn the heat to low; the spices will bring out the flavor of the cider as it warms up. Once it’s steaming hot, discard the allspice, cloves, and cinnamon sticks, pour the beverage into mugs, and garnish with more cinnamon sticks. Apple cider is packed with antioxidants, which are good for our hearts, and it’s rich in vitamin C and a good source of potassium, too.

But that’s not all: The cinnamon has perks as well. It’s good for heart health and has been known to lower blood pressure.

1. Hot And Sweet Ginger Drink


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As an alternative to cider, try brewing up a batch of this spicy and warming ginger drink. It couldn’t be simpler to make: Simmer sliced fresh ginger in hot water for about 5 minutes, then strain out the ginger and add brown sugar and honey to taste. You could also add a little lemon juice if you like. Use about one-quarter cup of fresh sliced ginger for every 5 cups of water. Ginger is a heart-healthy ingredient. And with its warming, almost citrusy taste, it’s also known to help soothe an upset stomach.

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