Sip Away That Winter Chill
By Brit Elders
Spiced Hot Apple Cider
1 cup organic apple cider
Heat the apple cider on the stovetop to the beginning of a boil.
What are the health benefits to my spiced hot cider drink?
Most cider is made from fermented apple juice. Natural cider has nothing added and relies on the wild yeast present in the apples for fermentation. Apple cider vinegar helps the body detox and has been shown to help with many illnesses. The bitter taste is hidden in my cider recipe with all of the other nutritious ingredients. Did you know that cinnamon is being used to prevent and ease distress caused by diabetes type II? Or that cloves are a natural anti-inflammatory? Or that nutmeg, used in small doses, is a natural calmative? Or that maple syrup has manganese and is an antioxidant?
Teas are a warming, healing drink that can brighten winter blues and calm daily tensions that inevitably surface. Peppermint, spice, chamomile, green, black, or hot spiced chai… all can be a cupful of relaxed enjoyment.
Using the flat side of large knife, crush the cardamom pods to expose seeds.
*If you like a mocha flavor add 2 tablespoons of organic coco power to the mixture before you steep it.
There is no end to the variations on this basic recipe, so if you are feeling adventurous, try some changes and share them with us.
Brit Elders is an author, CEO of ShirleyMacLaine.com and Editor of Dynamic Living Magazine.