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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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                  12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

                  12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

                  Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

                  But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

                  I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

                  Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory and brain power:

                  1. Nuts

                  The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

                  Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

                  Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

                  Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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                  2. Blueberries

                  Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

                  When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

                  3. Tomatoes

                  Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

                  4. Broccoli

                  While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

                  Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

                  Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

                  5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

                  Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

                  The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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                  Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

                  6. Soy

                  Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

                  Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

                  Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

                  7. Dark Chocolate

                  When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

                  Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate: 15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

                  8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

                  Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

                  B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

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                  Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

                  Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

                  To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

                  9. Foods Rich in Zinc

                  Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

                  Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

                  Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

                  10. Gingko Biloba

                  This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

                  It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

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                  However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

                  11. Green and Black Tea

                  Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

                  Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

                  Find out more about green tea here: 11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

                  12. Sage and Rosemary

                  Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

                  Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

                  When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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