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Sliced citrus fruits and honey with warm water. Its meant to be the best remedy for a cold, but with all those vitamins and a nice boost of sugar I’m happy to drink my lemon and honey at any time. Especially when diffused with some fragrant thyme and a tiny pinch of salt
The festive period is rife with alcohol – every trip, every special day, every visit to a friends – it can very quickly get out of hand. Last year I’m pretty sure I drank every day for 2 weeks straight!! With this in mind I’m planning a slightly different approach this year with a non alcoholic hot toddy.
Of course I’m not against a beverage or 2, …or 3, particularly at Christmas. I love a good old Baileys Irish cream with coffee or a blackberry gin cocktail, but I also like to stay hydrated and to have a couple of other options to hand. Warm water with lemon and a tablespoon of honey is my go-to virgin hot toddy. Its sweet with natural sugar, tangy with lemon juice and full of goodness with all the health benefits of honey. As well as lemon juice I like to add in the juice from oranges and limes as well – the more citrusy the better! And of course its great to have a healthy source of vitamin C and other essential nutrients.
Double walled glass teacups
My warm water with honey and lemon is served up here in my fancy glass teacups. I love that I can see the drink and all its pretty colours through the glass and the double layer provides extra insulation. The lovely folk at Silver Mushroom very kindly sent me these fabulous teacups to try and I’ve been enjoying creating different drinks..
Silver mushroom have also been generous enough to provide a 5% discount code for all you lovely lot – so if you fancy getting yourself some of their fabulous teacups, make sure you use the code below to save 5% off your order!! Offer is for the whole of their site and will be valid until Christmas eve 2018!! Definitely have a proper look around the site – they have some lovely kitchenware including the fantastic whistling le creuset kettle you can see in these photos!!
Does honey and warm water with lemon cure a cold?
Although this lovely beverage can be helpful to soothe a sore throat, it unfortunately isn’t a magic remedy and probably won’t help your immune system or release you from the relinquishing grips of a nasty cold. However, the NHS does now recommend warm water with lemon and honey to treat coughs, rather than over the counter cough medicine!! Very useful to know!!
Drinking warm water is also a great way to keep warm in the winter and stave off hunger pangs. So although not directly related to weight loss, this lovely beverage may aid you in a weight loss journey, by keeping you fuller for longer and ensuring your digestive system has had plenty of time to digest the previous meal before you eat again.
So when all the festivities are over, and you’re in need of a non-alcoholic pick-me-up, particular in the cold, dark depths of January and February, why not give this a try?!
Honey with warm water and lemon
- Juice of 1/2 large orange
- Juice of 1/2 lime
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1 tbsp honey
- Tiny pinch of sea salt
- Slices of lemon, lime and orange
- Fresh thyme leaves
- Hot water to top up
- In a tea cup or mug add the 3 juices, tablespoon of honey, a tiny pinch of salt, sliced fruit, and fresh thyme leaves. Fill up to the top with hot water and stir well. Ensure all the honey has dissolved and then enjoy!