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?

Mental Effects:

  • 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

Physical Effects:

  • 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

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups of water
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 lemon wedge

DIRECTIONS

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.

Cook’s Note:

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

INGREDIENTS:

  • 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

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Combine spinach, kale, celery, apple, banana, almond milk, ginger, chia seeds and honey in blender until smooth.
  2. 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

INGREDIENTS:

  • 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.

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Heat cream and milk in a pan over medium heat, stirring occasionally until hot but not boiling.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, pour heated cream and milk over white chocolate chips. Stir until chips are melted.
  3. Add vanilla extract and pumpkin spice.
  4. 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.

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