Branded with red and yellow leaves paired with the perfect temperature, autumn may be the most favorite season of Americans. It is said to be appear as a transitionary period after summer and before winter. The season is categorized with shorter days and longer nights; the weather starts to get bitter and impacts humans – both physically and mentally.
What are effects of autumn?
- According to a research of Harvard University, October is the month in which people sleep the most. Decreasing amount of daylight influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle, thus, making people sleepier than the rest of the months
- Not only the effects are limited to the sleep patterns, larger spans of darkness instigate anxiety and stress
- The rate of people getting affected by Influenza is the highest during the days of autumn and pre-winter.
- Winters are known for dehydration. Yes, you have read it right. Consuming more liquids in summer to protect from the scorching sun is common but a lack of urge to gulp when the weather is cool leads to a loss of essential body fluids.
Reduction of Autumn Effects by Drinks
Liquids are an integral contributor to health, even more so in winters. If a drink can keep you hydrated and active during slothful autumn days, just count the blessings. Here are some of the Drinks to take you through autumn
GINGER-TURMERIC HERBAL TEA
An all-time favorite drink during Winter/Autumn days. The blend of ginger and turmeric strengthens our immune system and protects us against bacterial diseases.
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes
- 2 cups of water
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
- ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1 tablespoon honey
- ½ teaspoon chopped fresh ginger
- 1 lemon wedge
Pour water to boil in a small saucepan; add turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain tea into a large glass; add honey and a lemon wedge.
Maple syrup can be substituted for the honey, if desired.
GREEN DETOX SMOOTHIE
Full of nutritional elements, an easy-to-make healthy drink for everyone. Not only it protects from fatigue that may occur due to weather transition, it is incredibly effective for weight loss if consumed daily.
Yield: 2 serving
Preparation Time: 5mins
Cooking Time: 5mins
Total Time: 10mins
- 2 cups baby spinach
- 2 cups baby kale
- 2 ribs celery, chopped
- 1 medium green apple, chopped
- 1 cup frozen sliced banana
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Combine spinach, kale, celery, apple, banana, almond milk, ginger, chia seeds and honey in blender until smooth.
- Serve immediately.
PUMPKIN SPICE WHITE HOT CHOCOLATE
Legend has it that the people who have never had a hot chocolate on a chilly day have not lived the life the way it should have been lived. Well, we have got your back. Just a few minutes of your time and a thing or two from your pantry can quadruple the joy immersing your autumn days
- 1 cup of heavy cream
- 2 cups of milk – I used skim milk
- 1 cup of good quality white chocolate chips,
- 1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin spice
- Whipped cream and additional pumpkin spice to sprinkle on top.
- Heat cream and milk in a pan over medium heat, stirring occasionally until hot but not boiling.
- In a medium sized bowl, pour heated cream and milk over white chocolate chips. Stir until chips are melted.
- Add vanilla extract and pumpkin spice.
- Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin spice
A few tips:
Keep a close eye on the milk and cream mixture – once it is hot, turn off the flame. It doesn’t need to come to a boil.
These are the three top drinks that our experts believe can go a long way in flourishing your autumn. What else keeps you active and healthy? We would love to share them with our readers.