Winter warmers

Keeping warm in winter is on the top of the to-do list, if you’re office is anything like Qi Social HQ, you’ve got heaters running, blankets over knees and the percolator piping. But not all of us have a penchant for coffee, here are some alternatives to keep your insides toasty throughout winter.


It may seem strange, but fresh juice can be the perfect winter antidote- not only is it filled with antioxidants and flu-fighting nutrients, but if you add some ginger the natural spice will warm you. Try these combinations:


  • orange
  • lemon
  • mint
  • celery
  • ginger


  • carrot
  • celery
  • beetroot
  • ginger (about 1″ sq)
  • kale
  • cucumber

Organic Raw Cacao hot chocolate

  • 1 cup milk (almond, soy, rice or dairy)
  • 1 cup water
  • heaped tablespoon raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or 1 stick
  • 1 teaspoon honey, stevia, brown rice syrup or preferred sweetener

Chai Tea (non-dairy)

  • 31/2 cups water
  • Ginger root, shredded
  • 5 whole cardamom pods
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 small star anise
  • whole cinnamon sticj
  • 4 earl grey teabags (decaffeinated if you prefer)
  • 1/4 cup coconut palm sugar, brown rice honey or preferred sweetener
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk, rice or preferred alternative

Chai Tea LattΓ©

  • Following Chai Tea recipe above, stop after earl grey teabags
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 cups coconut milk (thinned down) or almond milk
  • Coconut whipped cream to top
  • Sweeten with stevia, maple syrup, or your preferred sweetener if needed

Herbal Teas:

  • Fresh herbs: Mint and ginger
  • Old favourites: Lemon and honey tea

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