healthy drinks to make at home

Healthy drinks to make at home

Are you bored with drinking water all the time? Or maybe you’re hoping to avoid sugary drinks? Learning a few easy recipes for drinks which are not only hydrating but healthy too, is a great way to get some extra vitamins into your body.

Four healthy drinks you can make at home

Whether coffee is your go-to drink or you want a refreshing cold beverage that’s not high in sugar, you’ll find numerous recipes online which use simple, natural, and nutritious ingredients. Here are just four ideas:

1. Super smoothies

A smoothie that’s packed with fruit and green veg is a wonderful way to get a significant portion of your recommended five a day in one go. There are numerous combinations to choose from depending on your tastes, and all you’ll need is a good quality blender.

Particularly great ingredients to add to your smoothies include:

  • Spinach leaves – this leafy green veg is high in numerous essential nutrients, including calcium, vitamin c and iron1

  • Avocado – avocados contain plenty of vitamins (particularly b vitamins), plus they’re a great source of omega 3 fatty acids2

  • Strawberries – a rich source of vitamin C, strawberries are also great for adding flavour
Why not add in a spoonful of a superfood powder like moringa, maca, or wheatgrass, too? Many of these so-called superfoods might enhance your energy levels3, eliminate toxins in the body4, and nourish your hair and skin5.

2. Turmeric lattes

If you can’t resist a cup of joe in the morning, why not make it healthy by switching coffee for turmeric? Studies show that this vibrant root boasts many health benefits – including helping reduce inflammation and oxidative stress  – thanks to its active ingredient curcumin. As it’s tricky for our blood to absorb curcumin, you’ll need to add a pinch of black pepper to any turmeric-based drinks or dishes6.

How to make a turmeric latte7:

  1. Measure out your chosen milk in your mug and pour it into a saucepan.
  2. Add in a generous pinch of ground turmeric, cinnamon and ginger, plus a small pinch of black pepper.
  3. Stir in a quarter of a teaspoon of vanilla essence and half a teaspoon of honey.
  4. Gently heat the mixture and constantly whisk to combine the ingredients.
  5. When hot, pour into a mug and sprinkle with extra cinnamon. Enjoy!
For an even healthier kick, try making your latte with nut milk. Matcha lattes are another nutritious option thanks to matcha tea’s abundance of antioxidants and ability to support cognitive function8.

3. Herbal teas

You might already be a fan of herbal teas and even prefer them to black tea. As well as being made from all-natural ingredients, many are also entirely caffeine-free.

If you’re looking to make your herbal tea fix a little bit more interesting, why not try steeping a handful of fresh mint in hot water and stirring in a teaspoon of honey? Alternatively, combine finely chopped fresh ginger root, the juice of one lemon, and boiling water in a mug. Leave to brew before adding honey to taste.

4. Infused water

Want to make your water a little more exciting? Those who struggle to stay hydrated may want to try enhancing their water with some fragrant fruit or herbs. Infused water is not only tasty but also low in calories and a great alternative to sugary soda drinks or fresh juice9.

Try tossing in a few slices of lemon, adding some berries (frozen or fresh), or infusing a handful of mint with water in either a jug or bottle. Cucumber, watermelon, orange, and basil are all brilliant options, too.

After even more tips on staying healthy day-to-day? Have a browse of The Health Hub for inspiring guides and delicious recipe ideas.

Last updated: 29 April 2020

Sources
  1. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods/spinach#nutrients
  2. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270406
  3. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/benefits-of-maca-root#section7
  4. https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/wheatgrass-benefits
  5. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319916#what-are-the-benefits
  6. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-turmeric#section2
  7. https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/turmeric-latte
  8. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/7-benefits-of-matcha-tea#3.-Boosts-brain-function
  9. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/detox-water-101#section1
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