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Warming drinks!

There is nothing like a warm drink to soothe you on a cold night or cool day.  There is something about the aroma, the steam, the warmth that instantly calms you. Today we are going to look at warm drink recipes that you can make at home. Get out your slow cooker, or pot and we'll get cooking.

SLOW COOKER APPLE CIDER With apple harvest well underway, here is a healthy way to use those apples.  You will love this recipe and it will make your whole house smell great.

  • 3 lbs apples, cored & sliced

  • ¼ cup honey or maple syrup

  • ½ tsp nutmeg

  • 3-4 cinnamon sticks

  • water

  • 1/2 tsp Primal Palate apple pie spice (optional)

  1. Add apples, honey, cinnamon sticks, and nutmeg the slow cooker.

  2. Add enough water to cover the apples.

  3. Cook HIGH 2-3 hours or LOW 4­-6 or until apples are soft.

  4. Directly in the slow cooker, mash the softened apples with a potato masher or wooden spoon.

  5. Strain mashed fruit out using mesh strainer. Pour cider back into the slow cooker.

  6. Cover and cook an additional 15 minutes.

WHITE HOT CHOCOLATE Try something different tonight.  This warm coconut goodness is just right.

  • 1 cup water

  • 1¼ cups full fat coconut milk

  • 1 ounce cacao butter

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 8 drops vanilla stevia

  • 1 pinch celtic sea salt

  1. In a medium saucepan combine all ingredients

  2. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer

  3. Continue simmering until cacao butter is melted

  4. In very small batches, blend in a vitamix

  5. Serve DANDELION ROOT COFFEE This will surprise you.  Change up your regular coffee routine and try some dandelion today.

  • 4 cups water

  • 2 tablespoons ground roasted dandelion root

  • 2 tablespoons ground roasted chicory root

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  1. Place water, dandelion root, chicory root, and cinnamon stick in a saucepan

  2. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 5 minutes

  3. Pour coffee into cups through a fine mesh strainer

  4. Add coconut milk or heavy cream if desired LIQUID GOLD Turmeric is the star in this drink.  This golden drink will make you feel wonderful.

  • 1 cup coconut milk

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 tablespoon ghee

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 1 teaspoon turmeric (powder or grated root)

  1. Pour coconut milk and water into the saucepan and warm for 2 minutes.

  2. Add in butter, raw honey and turmeric powder for another 2 minutes.

  3. Stir and pour into glasses. ORANGE GINGER GREEN TEA I drink green tea nearly every day.  I can already smell that ginger and orange.

  • 1 serving green tea (loose leaf, teabag or ½ teaspoon matcha)

  • 5 orange slices

  • 3 fresh ginger slices

  • ¼ teaspoon honey

  1. Fill your teapot with boiling water. Steep the orange and ginger for 4 minutes.

  2. Add the green tea and steep for a further 3 minutes. If using matcha green tea powder instead, simply dissolve the powder into your teapot.

  3. Pour the tea through a strainer into your cup.

  4. Add honey to your taste. Enjoy! BEEF BONE BROTH You don't need to make soup to get the benefits of broth.  Drink it right out of the cup.

  • 4 pounds beef bones with marrow

  • 4 celery stalks

  • 4 carrots

  • 2 onions peeled and chopped

  • 4 garlic cloves smashed

  • 1 t sea salt

  • 1 t whole peppercorns

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 3 sprigs thyme

  • 5-6 sprigs parsley

  • 1/4 cup ACV (apple cider vinegar)

  • 18-20 cups water

  1. place all ingredients in 10 quart slow cooker

  2. add water

  3. bring to a boil, then simmer, skimming fat off the top

  4. simmer 24-48 hours

  5. allow to cool slightly and strain

  6. cover and chill

  7. use within a week or freeze up to 3 months PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE I guarantee this will be cheaper than any coffee house (and taste better too.)

  • 1 cup hot, strong brewed dark roast coffee 

  • 1/2 cup almond milk

  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree

  • 3 pitted medjool dates

  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

  • paleo coconut whipped cream as topping (optional)

  1. Put all the ingredients in a high speed blender (I love my Vitamix!), and blend on high speed for 90 seconds.

  2. Serve warm, and optionally top with coconut whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice

On the next cool night try one of these recipes.  Treat yourself and your family with a new kind of warm drink.  These recipes are much better than a packet of dried chocolate sugar (or fake sugar) or high dollar drinks at the local coffee house.  When you control the ingredients, you take charge. You train your taste buds to crave good, real food.  When that happens the benefits begin.  You won't believe how good you feel.  (Even if you feel good now.)  Your energy, stamina, and mood will rise to levels you never thought possible. Get out and enjoy this beautiful season.  Then come home and a have a cup of you new favorite warm drink.

Here's to your health!  Happy cooking.



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