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8 Christmas Drink Recipes To Warm Up Your Holiday Parties

8 Christmas Drink Recipes To Warm Up Your Holiday Parties

Christmas is the perfect time to enjoy some warm drinks with family and friends. If you life in a region with snow during Christmas, you understand how amazing it can feel to come in from the cold outside and have a warm Christmas drink to warm your spirits.

If you do not live in a region where it is cold in winter, no worries. You can still enjoy these delicious drinks regardless. These recipes will help you bring Christmas into your house — no matter where you live.

How to use these during your parties

Make sure to plan ahead if you want to serve these drinks this Christmas. It may seem obvious, but keep in mind that you should:

  • Plan ahead and know how many people you are serving
  • Get all the ingredients in the right ratios
  • Try making the drink once before the party to test it out

The following recipes are ones you should try this Christmas. While they are delicious, Christmas drinks are often not the healthiest. I recommend using these damage-control techniques to enjoy your delicious Christmas drinks without guilt (they work great for all the luxurious dinners too!).

1. Peppermint White Chocolate Hot Cocoa

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    Hot chocolate is perfect for cold winter days (and hot ones too). This recipe is a creative twist on the “regular” hot chocolate, combining white chocolate and mint in a lovely winter drink.

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    This drink fits perfectly with a cold afternoon, sitting next to the Christmas tree. Serve it with whipped cream on top for full deliciousness!

    Find the full Peppermint White Chocolate Hot Cocoa recipe here.

    2. Gingerbread Latte

      This recipe takes two delicious things and mashes them together: latte and gingerbread. Not only that, it should take only 5 minutes to make.

      Use this recipe to transform your regular teatime into a Christmas delight.

      Find the full Gingerbread Latte recipe here.

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      3. German Glühwein

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        This drink is traditionally enjoyed in Germany and surrounding countries. It’s the grandfather of mulled wine. My family has been drinking it as a Christmas drink for as long as I can remember.

        This drink is perfect as an aperitif before dinner, or after dinner while sitting on the couch.

        Find the full German Glühwein recipe here.

        4. Candy Cane Cocoa

          Christmas makes many people think of hot chocolate and candy canes. Put them together and you get a perfect Christmas drink. This is the perfect drink to welcome you home from a walk in the forest or park.

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          Find the full Candy Cane Cocoa recipe here.

          5. Swedish Glogg

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            Christmas is a time of tradition, but also discovery. Try this traditional Swedish cousin of mulled wine. It is made with stronger spirits though, so enjoy responsibly.

            Find the full Swedish Glogg recipe here.

            6. Hot Apple Cider

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              Hot cider is, to many people, a perfect companion for a winter’s day. This recipe uses maple syrup for an extra twist. If you want to go full apple this Christmas, combine it with a delicious, freshly-baked apple pie.

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              Find the full Hot Apple Cider recipe here.

              7. Russian Friendship Tea

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                This tea combines the taste of oranges and spices for a warm drink that tastes of winter. Oranges and spices combine to form a perfect Christmas smell. If you have never tried this, try sticking a couple of handfuls of cloves into an orange and leave it in a room. It will soon smell like Christmas.

                Find the full Russian Friendship Tea recipe here.

                8. Candy Cane Cocktail

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                  Throwing a cocktail party for Christmas? This candy cane-flavored cocktail is perfect to bring the Christmas theme to your party. For full effect, serve it with a candy cane!

                  Find the full Candy Cane Cocktail recipe here.

                  Featured photo credit: Candy Cane Cocoa via allrecipes.com

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                  Last Updated on February 21, 2019

                  Top 9 Foods for Incredible Brian Health And Brain Power

                  Top 9 Foods for Incredible Brian Health And Brain Power

                  Your brain is the most intricate and powerful organ in your entire body. It’s essentially a super-computer with brain power like a Ferrari.

                  If you have a Ferrari, would you put cheap gasoline in it? Of course not. You want to put in high-octane performance fuel to get the most out of your investment.

                  When it comes to the brain, many people are looking for the top foods that will supercharge the brainpower to help focus better, think more clearly and have better brain health.

                  In this article, we’ll look at the top 9 brain foods that will help create supercharge your brain with energy and health:

                  1. Salmon

                  Salmon has long been held as a healthy brain food, but what makes this fish so valuable for your brain health?

                  It’s important to understand that your brain is primarily made up of fat. Roughly 60% of your brain is fat. One of the most important fats that the brain uses as a building block for healthy brain cells is omega-3’s.

                  Omega-3’s are essential for building a healthy brain but one of the most important omega-3’s for your brain is DHA. DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) forms nearly two-thirds of the omega-3’s found in your brain.[1]

                  Omega-3’s and DHA in particular help form the protective coating around our neurons. The better quality this coating is, the more efficient and effective our brain cells can work, allowing our brain power to work at full capacity.

                  Studies have shown that being deficient in DHA can affect normal brain development in children, which is why so many infant formulas and children’s supplements are beginning to include DHA.

                  Being deficient in DHA as an adult can cause focus and attention problems, mood swings, irritability, fatigue and poor sleep.

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                  2. Blueberries

                  Blueberries top the list as one of the most beneficial fruits to maximize your brain health and performance.

                  Blueberries have some of the highest content of antioxidants, particularly anthocyanins, than any other fruit, which helps protect the brain from stress and promote healthy brain aging.

                  Blueberries antioxidant content also help reduce inflammation, which allows the brain to maintain healthy energy levels.

                  Blueberries have begun to receive attention for their connection to brain performance.[2] Studies have demonstrated that eating blueberries on a regular basis can not only improve brain health but also brain performance as well including working memory.[3]

                  Blueberries not only taste great but are low in calories, high in Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Manganese.

                  3. Turmeric

                  Turmeric is a very impressive spice that has well-researched and proven to have tremendous benefits for your brain. Turmeric’s main compound that benefits the brain is called curcumin, which is responsible for turmerics bright yellow appearance.

                  Curcumin has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-cancer properties.[4]

                  Curcumin increases the production and availability of two important neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, two important neurotransmitters involved with happiness, motivation, pleasure, and reward.

                  Curcumin has been well documented to have powerful anti-depressive effects. In one study, it was found to be as effective for depression as popular medications such as SSRI’s like Prozac.[5]

                  Curcumin has also been shown to:

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                  • Increase blood flow to the brain.[6]
                  • Increase BDNF production, a powerful stimulator of neuroplasticity.[7]
                  • Increase DHA availability and synthesis in the brain.[8]
                  • Increase antioxidant levels in the brain to prevent brain aging and inflammation.[9]

                  4. Coffee

                  Coffee is the wonderful elixir of energy that many people cherish every single morning. The biggest reason people drink coffee is to get a dose of caffeine.

                  Caffeine is a natural neurological stimulant that not only gives you energy but also prevents adenosine, a neurotransmitter involved with feeling tired, from binding in the brain.

                  Many people are surprised to find that coffee actually contains a large quantity of antioxidants called polyphenols, which are important for reducing inflammation in the brain and keep your brain energized. The antioxidants in coffee also provide a neuroprotective effect, protecting the brain from stress and damage. [R]

                  Coffee can also:

                  • Improve alertness and concentration.[10]
                  • Help with neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson’s disease.[11]
                  • Reduce your risk of depression.[12]
                  • Improve your memory.
                  • Provide short-term boost in athletic performance.[13]

                  5. Broccoli

                  What was your least favorite food as a kid growing up?

                  Most likely, broccoli was your answer.

                  Broccoli may not have been your top choice, but it might be the top choice for your brain.

                  Broccoli contains a compound called sulforaphane. Sulforaphane has been shown to promote the proliferation and survival of brain cells by reducing inflammation and boosting production of BDNF. It has also been shown to boost neurogenesis, the production of new brain cells.[14]

                  Broccoli is also loaded with important nutrients Vitamin K and Folate. Vitamin K plays a vital role in protecting brain cells.[15] Folate plays a crucial role in detoxification and reducing inflammation in the brain.

                  6. Bone broth

                  Bone broth wasn’t just created to combine with soups, you can actually drink bone broth by itself.

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                  Drinking bone broth has become one of the biggest trends in the health and wellness industry and for good reason. Bone broth isn’t actually a new thing. Bone broth has been used for centuries as a healing tonic to promote health and longevity.

                  Much of the nutritional benefits and value of bone broth comes from its substantial vitamin and mineral content. Primarily calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium.

                  Your gut is called your second brain for a reason. Research continually shows that there is a direct and indirect connection between your gut and your brain. Your gut also houses and stores many important brain compounds involved with optimal brain performance. Therefore the health of your gut is vitally important for your brain health and performance.

                  Bone broth has become a go-to tool for helping heal the gut and provide the gut with the vital nutrient and resources it needs to heal and perform optimally.

                  With the vast amounts of nutrients that bone broth contains, it makes the list as a go-to food for your brain health.

                  Look for high quality, organic bone broth for the best results.

                  7. Walnuts

                  Walnuts are one of the top choices of nuts for brain health. Walnuts also look similar to a brain.

                  Amongst the wide variety of nuts available, walnuts contain the highest amounts of the important omega-3 DHA. DHA, as seen above, is a critical building block for a healthy brain.

                  Walnuts also contain high amounts of antioxidants, folate, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus, which help to lower inflammation.

                  Melatonin in walnuts is an important nutrient for regulating your sleep. Having low amounts of melatonin can make it challenging to get good quality sleep and getting poor quality sleep can dramatically impair brain health and performance.

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                  8. Eggs

                  For years, eggs were put on the nutritional naughty list; but now, eggs are finally getting the credit they deserve. Eggs can provide a tremendous boost to your brain health and longevity.

                  Eggs, particularly the yolks, contain a compound called choline. Choline is essential for building the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Acetylcholine plays an important role in mood, memory, and intelligence.

                  Egg yolks contain some of the highest quantities of choline. This is very important because low levels of choline can lead to low levels of acetylcholine, which in turn can cause increased inflammation, brain fog, difficulty concentrating and fatigue.

                  9. Dark chocolate

                  You’re about to love chocolate even more because chocolate, particularly dark chocolate, is great for your brain.

                  Chocolate boosts levels of endorphins, your brains “feel good” chemicals. This is why you feel so good eating chocolate.[16]

                  Chocolate also increases blood flow to the brain which can help improve memory, attention, focus, and reaction time.[17]

                  Dark chocolate contains high levels of magnesium, which has been coined “natures valium” for its ability to calm and relax the brain.

                  Lastly, dark chocolate has one of the highest antioxidant profiles out of any other food, including popular superfoods like acai berries, blueberries, or pomegranates.[18]

                  Conclusion

                  Your brain is a high performing organ and it uses quite a lot of energy, roughly 20% of the bodies energy demands.

                  In order to maintain a healthy brain, you need the right fuel to ensure that your brain has all the nutrients it needs to perform as well as adapt to the stress of life.

                  If you want to keep your brain performing well for a lifetime, then you want to make sure you are including as many of these brain health foods as possible.

                  More Resources About Boosting Brain Power

                  Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

                  Reference

                  [1] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: DHA Effects in Brain Development and Function
                  [2] Canadian Science Publishing: Enhanced task-related brain activation and resting perfusion in healthy older adults after chronic blueberry supplementation
                  [3] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Cognitive effects following acute wild blueberry supplementation in 7- to 10-year-old children.
                  [4] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Curcumin: the Indian solid gold.
                  [5] Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. 2nd edition.: Turmeric, the Golden Spice
                  [6] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Effect of combined treatment with curcumin and candesartan on ischemic brain damage in mice.
                  [7] Science Direct: Curcumin reverses the effects of chronic stress on behavior, the HPA axis, BDNF expression and phosphorylation of CREB
                  [8] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Curcumin boosts DHA in the brain: Implications for the prevention of anxiety disorders.
                  [9] PLOS: A Chemical Analog of Curcumin as an Improved Inhibitor of Amyloid Abeta Oligomerization
                  [10] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Effects of Caffeine on Cognitive Performance, Mood, and Alertness in Sleep-Deprived Humans
                  [11] American Academy of Neurology: A Cup of Joe May Help Some Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms
                  [12] American Academy of Neurology: AAN 65th Annual Meeting Abstract
                  [13] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Effects of caffeine on the metabolic and catecholamine responses to exercise in 5 and 28 degrees C.
                  [14] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Hyperammonemia induces glial activation, neuroinflammation and alters neurotransmitter receptors in hippocampus, impairing spatial learning: reversal by sulforaphane
                  [15] Oxford Academic: Vitamin K and the Nervous System: An Overview of its Actions
                  [16] Diana L. Walcutt, Ph.D: Chocolate and Mood Disorders
                  [17] Health Magazine: Chocolate can do good things for your heart, skin and brain
                  [18] Chemistry Central Journal: Cacao seeds are a “Super Fruit”: A comparative analysis of various fruit powders and products

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