Jojo from Two Birds Eatery in Hamilton East shares two healthy, delicious and warming drinks, perfect for this time of year.

Turmeric has been used for thousands of years because of its excellent antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. A turmeric latte is a great drink to help you relax and include this wonder spice into your diet.

Makes 2 serves

2 tsp turmeric powder (or 1 finely chopped turmeric root)
1 tsp ginger powder
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch of black pepper (this helps the absorption of turmeric in the body)
2 tsp raw honey (if vegan you can use coconut sugar)
2 cups of milk of your choice (almond, cashew or raw milk is great)

Add all spices into a blender. Heat milk of your choice in a pot until just boiling. Remove from heat and add all together in a blender. Blend until all is combined. Pour into a mug and add sweetener to taste.

Chai Latte

Chai lattes have become a very popular cafe drink. However, in most cases they are made from a sugar syrup with only a hint of the true flavours of this ancient Indian drink, and with none of the health benefits.  My version, however, will warm you from the inside out without leaving you on a sugar high and subsequent fall.

Serves 2

3 good quality black tea bags (2 tbsp of loose leaves)
2 star anise
fresh ginger (size of thumb)
1 tsp nutmeg powder
4 cardamom pods
4 cloves
2 cinnamon quills
sweetener of your choice to taste (I use about 1 tsp of raw honey per cup)

Release the flavour of the spices by giving them a pound. Add these and the tea to a small saucepan along with two cups of water. Gently heat and allow to simmer until the liquid has reduced and is a dark syrup.
Strain the syrup and divide between two cups. Heat your choice of milk and pour into the chai syrup, sweetening to taste with honey or your choice of sweetener.

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