Winter Warmers at The Grace
The Grace Bar and Restaurant have introduced three new hot drinks to the specials menu, not only to keep you warm over winter but also help you fight away the cold and flu! The three drinks are: Coco Matcha, Golden Milk and Chai Latte.
The immune boosting front-runner is Golden Milk, thanks to its star ingredient turmeric.
- Turmeric’s traditional uses in fighting colds, congestion, headaches and sore throats are powerful tools to have this season. Curcumin, turmeric’s primary ingredient and attribution to its bright yellow color, has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities, lowers cholesterol and protects the liver from toxins. Turmeric is warming and bitter, used to improve protein digestion, reduce uterine tumors, decongest the liver, dissolve gallstones, increase ligament flexibility, and reduce menstrual pain.
- Another unusual ingredient for a hot drink is the freshly ground black pepper. The addition of this increases the absorption of curcumin and stimulates a warming flow of energy in the body. Specifically, it warms the abdomen and is used in the treatment of diarrhea and watery stools. Black pepper is diachronic – it opens the pores for sweating and is helpful at the onset of a common cold. It also benefits the lungs and helps protect against simple viral infections such as colds and flu. It counteracts food poisoning and indigestion.
- Honey has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, often used as a natural antiseptic in traditional medicines. Honey also contains nutraceuticals, which are very effective for the removal of green radicals from the body resulting in an improvement in our body’s immunity.
- Cinnamon is very effective in balancing blood sugar levels by increasing insulin sensitivity therefore helping get sugar into cells and out of the blood. Cinnamon is also loaded with antioxidants such as polyphenols. Studies have shown that the antioxidants in it have potent anti-inflammatory activity.
- The almond milk contributes with a healthy mix of protein and fat, making this drink a hit on all fronts.
You can try and recreate at home by following the simple recipe:
- ½ tsp turmeric
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- ½ tsp manuka honey
- 200ml almond milk
- A pinch of fresh ground pepper
Place all dry ingredients into a mug and pour warm almond milk on top. Stir thoroughly and finally add the 1/2 tsp of honey and 1 tsp of coconut oil. Stir and serve.
For more information on The Grace Bar and Restaurant or to make a booking please call +44(0)2072358900.
by Jade Barkett, Wellbeing Manager at Grace Belgravia.