Okay, is this not an oxymoron in a parent’s world?! But there are a few SIMPLE things we CAN do to bring more peace to our families and to our kids with healthy drink recipes this time of year. Reminding ourselves of what REALLY matters is a great way to keep the holidays in check. I have a saying that I use for this time of year: Less presents, more presence!
Spending precious moments with people we care most about and energy on things that really matters most! As we know, peace comes mostly from within us. If we, including our kids, can add fuel to our bodies that will assist in keeping us in a state of peace, this is certainly something that we can do to help bring Christmas peace! Sugar imbalance tends to rise at this time of year. The abundance of candy, chocolate and baked goods seems endless. One way we can cut back is to have fruit and veggie sticks readily available in a bowl on the counter or in the fridge at all times. With the cold weather, it easily becomes a habit to have a hot chocolate or other high sugar drink post game or after an outdoor event. How about a new hot drink tradition: HOT-SPICED APPLE CIDER? And no, I don’t mean the packets of artificial powder, but cider that’s only made from real apples. This will not only create more peace in our bodies from the greater nutrition and less sugar, but apples are also beneficial for the lungs ( important with all of the coughs at this time of year) and the spices are warming – to the body and the soul! This can easily be prepared ahead of time and kept warm in a thermos for the drive home from an outdoor game.
Another option is WARM-SPICED MILK , easy to prepare and delicious to drink.
I have added a smoothie recipe that we find especially great for the winter and is great for those few that are not much into hot beverages. The minerals from the molasses, as well as the spices added, are warming compared to the often cooling properties that a berry smoothie might have on the body. Both of these drinks contain molasses, which due to it’s high mineral content has many benefits including stabilizing mood, assisting in muscle contraction, improving concentration… all things we can certainly use at this time of year!
So, happy holidays, and let me know what you think…
1 cup organic milk, warmed to just before boiling,
Then stir in:
1 teaspoon organic, unrefined molasses
optional: Add a dash of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cardamom etc.
Yields 1 serving
Banana Spice Smoothie
2 large or 3 small soft bananas
2 teaspoons cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon organic, unrefined molasses
1 cup yogurt
Blend everything in the blender. You may need to add water, organic milk or juice to reach desired consistency
Yields 1 – 2 servings.
6 cups pure, unsweetened apple cider
3 cinnamon sticks (preferred, but 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon will do)
5 – 10 whole cloves (or 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves)
1 thin slice ginger root (or 1 dash ground ginger)
Bring everything to a boil, then let simmer on low for 20 – 40 minutes. This can be prepared ahead of time and left on the stove (with it turned off) while you are at your outdoor activity. When you come home, simply heat up to desired temperature. You may also store this in the fridge after simmering, and it will keep there for a week for reheating at any time. Remove whole spices and enjoy!
Yields 4 – 5 servings
Mom and RHN Registered Holistic Nutritionist