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11 Cozy Drinks To Warm You This Winter

11 Cozy Drinks To Warm You This Winter

Daylight savings time has arrived and settled in, if you are in a part of the world where this applies. The sun is peeking out for a shorter and shorter amount of time during the day. Jack Frost is lurking behind every corner, and there might even be snow on the ground where you live. What does all of this mean? It means that it’s time to turn up the heat—both in your home and in your kitchen—by cooking up some of these cozy drinks that are sure to warm you this winter. Check out these hot drink recipes you can make in the comfort of your own home.

1. Boozy Skinny Hot Chocolate

    Have you ever tasted amaretto? It’s one of those alcohols that’s dangerous in the sense that it is so delicious and smooth that you will not be able to stop drinking it. Combining it with cocoa is just plain genius.

     

    2. Mexican Hot Chocolate with Dulce de Leche Cream

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      When I think of fall or winter drinks, I often think of spices. Pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon are common fall favorites. This decadent recipe is made dulce de leche by adding vanilla bean ice cream. Yum!

      3. Mocha Cocoa Mix

      Mocha Cocoa Latte

        Be prepared for the cold winter months by making your very own mocha mix! A mocha is simply chocolate and espresso rolled into one delicious concoction. You can make a batch of this right now and store it for up to six months.

        4. White Spiced Coffee

        white spiced coffee

          For this recipe, you have to be serious about having a good cup of spiced rum coffee. I mean you have to crack things and strain them and cook them. In my experience, however, some of the best treats I have made in the kitchen took a good deal of time and patience. Besides, what else do you have to do when you are cooped up trying to escape the frigid weather outside?

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          5. Eggnog Latte

          eggnog latte

            Eggnog is a classic winter drink, but have you ever had an eggnog latte? This is a super simple recipe as long as you have an espresso maker with a steam wand. And if you do not own one of these machines, perhaps you might ask for one for Christmas?

            6. Frothy Eggnog

            frothy eggnog

              Did you know you can make your own eggnog? Of course you did. So did I…err…sure I did! Apparently it is not only the beverage that mysteriously appears in a carton. You can, in fact, brew up your own at home. I guarantee that if you have a party with homemade eggnog, your guests will be impressed. Go an extra step and make it into an eggnog latte (as seen above) and your friends are sure to remember this gathering!

              7. Christmas Rum Punch

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              christmas rum punch

                My favorite part about this recipe is that you set fire to the rum (but please follow the rest of the directions and do not drink it while it is on fire). If that does not warm you up, I have no idea what will!

                8. Easy Chai Tea

                easy chai tea

                  I know I love the warm spice of chai tea, especially in the winter. You can make your own from scratch with this recipe.

                  9. Moroccan Mint Tea

                  moroccan mint tea

                    This hot tea is packed with nutrients from the green tea as well as the fresh mint, and it is pretty simple to make.

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                    10. White Chocolate Peppermint Mocha

                    white chocolate mocha

                      This is one of my favorite drinks to get at a coffee shop around the holidays. Peppermint always reminds me of candy canes on Christmas trees, so a hot cup of the stuff fills me with cheer. This is an easy way to save a few bucks by making your own at home. I cannot wait to try this recipe myself!

                      11. Hot Toddy

                      toddy

                        I like that this website gives an outline on how to make a hot toddy. Most people have their own personal preferences when it comes to alcohol and teas, so why not let them pick their own? I think I would go with a green tea, honey and a nice, smooth and spiced rum.

                        What do you think? Which one will you try first?

                        Also check out How to Fight Off Winter Colds with Foods That Boost the Immune System

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                        Last Updated on November 11, 2019

                        How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                        How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                        Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

                        To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

                        Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

                        1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

                        Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

                        Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

                        To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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                        2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

                        Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

                        If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

                        Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

                        3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

                        Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

                        Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

                        4. Feed Your Brain

                        Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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                        This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

                        Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

                        Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

                        5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

                        According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

                        Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

                        Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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                        6. Write it Down

                        If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

                        It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

                        You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

                        7. Listen to Music

                        Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

                        8. Visual Concepts

                        In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

                        Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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                        Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

                        9. Teach Someone Else

                        Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

                        Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

                        10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

                        Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

                        So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

                        Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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