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Here in Tennessee, we are actually having a true winter, where it actually stays below freezing for more than two weeks, coldest it has been in my lifetime. I am not complaining because many of you are stuck below freezing the entire winter. Out of necessity, and constantly trying to keep my hands warm, I have been drinking something hot and soothing everyday. Also, I have also become slightly obsessed with Tastemade’s Thirsty for… series. I have compiled a list of my most favorite drinks that I have made lately, and how I changed the ingredients to suit a real foods eating style. Under each video, I have added the substitutions you need to help make some of the recipes more real-food friendly. Below are some soothing, decadent, and healing recipes to help you survive this “polar vortex” of a winter. Stay warm!

1. Tibetan Butter Tea


  • 4 clumps of traditional Pu-erh tea (can also be found as one large brick) (find here)
  • 2 -3 tbsp Cow Butter (instead of yak butter)
  • 2 tsp Himalayan salt (or salt to taste) (find here)
  • 4 cups of water
  • ⅔ cup half and half or light cream (use light coconut milk or 1/3 cream & 1/3 water)


2. Cioccolata Calda (Italian-style Hot Chocolate)


  • 2 cups half & half* (use light coconut milk or 1 cup cream & 1 cup water)
  • 2 T corn starch (use 2 tbsp. arrowroot powder dissolved in 2 tbsp. of cold water (used as a thickening agent)
  • 2 T granulated sugar or use Coconut Sugar, Sucanut Sugar, Honey, or Maple Syrup
  • ½ vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 6 oz dark chocolate, at least 70% bittersweet, shaved into shards (my favorite here)
  • pinch of salt (use sea salt)


3. Savory Mug of Broth

There is no video, but I had to add it because it’s the first broth recipe I have been able to DRINK on frigid days, for a protein boost, or when I am sick. Great for recovery when ill and for post-workout recovery. On all the ways broth is amazing, check out Dr. Mercola’s article here. On how to make it, check out how Diana over at The Kitchen Rag makes this wonderful broth here.

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Real Food Ingredients (no substitutions needed because she’s already REAL)

  • Two raw chicken backs
  • 6 chicken feet
  • 1 large onion
  • 3-4 carrots
  • 2 small sheet of kombu
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 gallon of filtered water
  • 1 Japanese sweet potato
  • 1 pinch of Sea salt


4. Fresh Ginger Tea with Lemon and Honey


  • Fresh Ginger
  • Lemon or Lime (whichever you have or your preference)
  • Honey


5. Maple Hot Toddy



6. Old English Wassail

From WikipediaWassail (Old English wæs hæl, literally ‘be you healthy’) refers both to the salute ‘Waes Hail’ and to the drink of wassail, a hotmulled cider traditionally drunk as an integral part of wassailing, an ancient southern English drinking ritual intended to ensure a good cider apple harvest the following year.


  • 6 small Fuji apples or any other sweeter apple, cored
  • 1 cup brown sugar or use Organic Sucanut Sugar (find here)
  • 1 cup water
  • 72 ounces ale (find New Planet Gluten Free Ale here)
  • 750 ml Madeira (in your local liquor store)
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 10 whole allspice berries (find Organic here)
  • 1 cinnamon stick, 2-inches long
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 6 large eggs, separated

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7. Champurrado (Mexican Hot Chocolate)

If you have never had the spicy, warm feeling you get from Champurrado, now is your chance. If you want to be grain-free, just leave out the Masa, it will still be wonderful!


  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks (find Organic here)
  • 1 Whole Star Anise (find Organic here)
  • 1/4 Cup Masa Harina (find Organic, Gluten Free Masa here)
  • 2 cups Milk (use full fat or light coconut milk or 1 cup cream & 1 cup water)
  • Piloncilio, 3 oz finely chopped (find here) or use Organic Sucanut Sugar (sourced here)
  • Ibarra Chocolate, 1/2 disk (find here) or 4-5 tbsp.  Dagoba Organic Drinking Chocolate (find here)