Clinical nutritionist Roberta Nelson knows how to curb your sugar cravings, soothe your sore throat, and combat post-lunch indigestion.
Hot office drinks don’t have to be limited to instant coffee, English breakfast tea and microwave sachet soups. Here are some healthy alternatives to try this winter.
Mint soothes the digestive tract to help calm things down so you can continue working without letting the whole office know what you had for lunch. Crush a handful of fresh mint leaves, pop them in a cup filled with boiling water, add honey if you wish and leave to brew for 10 minutes.
Here’s another sweet one to curb your cravings. Add a tablespoon of raw cacao powder and a teaspoon of cinnamon to a mug of hot almond milk, then sweeten with honey to suit your taste. Stir well until smooth.
Tip: Froth the milk for a real cafe experience.
Feel like dunking your hand in the cookie jar at 3pm? Brew yourself a cup of naturally sweet licorice tea to stop those sugar cravings instantly. You can find it as tea bags or loose leaf from your local supermarket or health food store.
A morning pick-me up that is warming and delicious. Mix a teaspoon of matcha powder with a quarter of a cup of boiling water, fill the rest of the cup up with warm milk of your choice and add a teaspoon of vanilla extract and about half a teaspoon of honey. Stir.
Tip: Avoid this one in the afternoon. Matcha green tea is high in caffeine, which can interfere with your sleep.
A great hot drink to soothe a tired throat after a long meeting. Place the juice of a lemon into a cup of hot water and add enough honey to sweeten it to your preferred taste. Manuka honey is antimicrobial meaning it can kill any nasties that might be causing your irritated throat, at the same time as it coats and soothes it.
Roberta Nelson is a Melbourne-based naturopath and clinical nutritionist. She is also a member of the National Herbalists' Association of Australia (NHAA) Visit her website for more information.
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