The start of a new year often makes us reconsider what’s on our plate. While that’s definitely the most important step to reaching our health goals, it’s hardly the only thing that matters. In fact, what we sip on can easily ruin any progress made in the food choices department. We all know that sugary drinks and sodas are bad for our insides — they mess with our blood sugar levels, increase the risk of getting chronic diseases, and to top it all off, they’re bad for our teeth.
While staying away from beverages detrimental to your body will give your health a boost for sure, consuming a wide variety of antioxidant-rich beverages on a daily basis can take it to a whole new level.
If you haven’t been paying attention to the world of health-promoting beverages there is out there, don’t fret. We’ve rounded up some of our favorites from the Food Monster App for you to try this year.
Brewed from powdered medicinal mushrooms such as Lion’s mane, Chaga, reishi, and maitake, mushroom tea is similar to black tea in flavor but with an earthier taste. The medicinal mushrooms it contains are high in antioxidants and are classified as adaptogens, which means they boost our organism’s ability to respond to stress. Besides being a powerful stress-buster, mushroom tea helps combat fatigue, hormonal imbalance, and keeps our brain sharp. Its antioxidant compounds also show cancer fighting and neuroprotective properties.
Want to get on the mushroom tea trend bandwagon? You can find it in most health food stores and online. You can also make it at home with this Chaga Cider recipe (pictured above) and this chai and vanilla flavored Chaga Mushroom Tea.
Kombucha’s reputation is well established in the health food scene and that’s not without reason. This trendy fermented beverage made with tea and beneficial bacteria is a great source of probiotics which will help your digestion and boost your immune system to keep you in tip-top shape. Packed with B-vitamins and antioxidants, kombucha will also energize you without the crash and burn effect of caffeinated beverages.
Sounds good to you but store-bought kombucha doesn’t fit into your budget? You can easily make it at home with our guide on How to Make Kombucha. Once you get the hang of it, we suggest you try this beautiful and flavorful Lychee and Kombucha Spritz (pictured above) and this Fizzy Coconut, Lime and Mint Kombucha Elixir.
Fragrant and beautiful, hibiscus drinks are gaining popularity and we totally get why — hibiscus’ fresh and slightly tart fruity flavor is a delight for our taste buds. It’s also packed with health benefits which is a win-win! Hibiscus contains anthocyanins, a type of antioxidant compounds that have powerful cancer-fighting properties. Some of its other health benefits include boosting our metabolism and reducing fat accumulation as well as improving blood pressure.
Curious about trying out hibiscus tea? We suggest making this amazing Hibiscus and Rose Cordial, pictured above. You can also find hibiscus-flavored beverages and teas in most grocery stores and health food shops.
Rich tasting with a pleasant green tea flavor accompanied with subtle grassy tones — it’s safe to say that matcha has conquered the health and wellness world. If you haven’t tried it yet, you’re missing out! Filled with chlorophyll and rich in antioxidants, this trendy Japanese tea is amazing for your skin and is a great tool to prevent inflammation. The EGCG antioxidant compounds it contains are also good for your heart and they protect against cancer and other chronic diseases. Aside from its beneficial effects on our physical health, matcha impacts our brain health as well due to the anxiety-lowering properties of L-theanine, an amino acid it contains.
Want to make your own delicious matcha tea at home? Check out Matcha Green Tea: A Superfood to Supercharge You! Then, we suggest trying this Cafe Matcha Tea Vegan Latte or this delicious Iced Matcha Green Tea Frappé With Coconut Whip, pictured above.
Adding spices to tea is not a new idea. In fact, multiple cultures around the world have done it for centuries. More recently, turmeric lattes and chai blends have been all the rage. These trendy warming teas are rich in vitamins and antioxidants that nourish our bodies and have significant positive effects on our health. Ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, and fennel spices found in chai tea, by example, will help your digestion, improve your circulation, and boost your immune system. Turmeric, another commonly used spice in teas, has strong anti-inflammatory properties that can relieve joint pain and protect your brain and body against age-related diseases.
Want more ideas of healthy beverages to try out this year? Check out these 5 Healthy ‘Shots’ To Alkalize Your Body in the Morning, these 15 Health Tonics, and these 5 Healthiest Alternatives to Coffee. You can also make any of these 10 Must-Try Healing Turmeric-Powered Elixirs.
What are your favorite go-to healthy beverages? Will you give these five a try? Let us know in the comments!
Also, if you’re interested in finding more delicious and healthy beverages recipes that will help you attain your health goals this year, then we highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 8,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to ten new recipes per day. Check it out!
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