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Warm, hydrating, low carb winter drink?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 09, 2011 at 4:26 PM

So its getting cold here and I'm very cold natured, so naturally I want something warm to drink in the winter. The problem is that traditional warm drinks have caffeine in them, or are high carb (coffee, tea, hot cocoa etc) Is all tea diuretic- even say peppermint? I want to drink something that is hydrating, no or low caffeine and low carb. Any suggestions?

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on November 11, 2011
at 05:40 PM

YUM! sounds delicious

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on November 11, 2011
at 04:34 AM

@bill, thanks, you have been so helpful. I appreciate it. Thanks Kimbo! Ill pick some up when I see it :D

0242b468fe1c97997749db416c92e7ed

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on November 10, 2011
at 03:42 PM

It is a tea, but a very unique tea - very cinnamon-y, spicy and slightly sweet (even though there's no sugar) SO GOOD!

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on November 10, 2011
at 02:02 PM

I love this tea so much. I drink it every day.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on November 10, 2011
at 12:02 PM

You also tend to make frequent trips the to facilities when you drink more, regardless the caffeine content. I need to see a double-blind placebo-controlled study on your bladder, before I blame the caffeine. ;)

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on November 10, 2011
at 09:21 AM

i know right? btw, didn't meant to "upset" anyone , if are cold a warm drink is not going to fix it ( where is the logic on that?) ><

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on November 10, 2011
at 05:06 AM

tea . . .. . .

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(2301)

on November 10, 2011
at 03:47 AM

What's this stuff taste like?

306aa57660d911781231f8090c2a5619

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on November 10, 2011
at 01:59 AM

I agree. I find plain old hot water from the tap at least as satisfying as most herbal teas without added sweetener, cream, and so on.

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on November 10, 2011
at 01:47 AM

broth hadn't even crossed my mind. I've got some grassfed beef bones I bought a few days ago to make broth to prepare for cold + flu season. Great idea!

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on November 10, 2011
at 01:44 AM

How could this possibly be voted DOWN? More! More!

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on November 09, 2011
at 11:39 PM

For me anything caffeine at all is a mass diuretic, when I go non-caffeinated I don't need to go skipping off to the loo a 100 times. I never knew that ginger fell into the pee category.. I've always been cool with it and I eat/drink a lot of it. Interesting!

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on November 09, 2011
at 11:06 PM

Bone broth is amazing in the winter (and anytime)!

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on November 09, 2011
at 08:12 PM

Mmmmmmmm....that stuff is so good. It makes the whole house smell yummy too.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on November 09, 2011
at 08:00 PM

Pretty sure everything is a diuretic if you take enough. ;) Caffeine's diuretic properties are dubious at best. I know I've seen studies that haven't shown caffeine's diuretic properties. Wikipedia mentions this.

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on November 09, 2011
at 06:53 PM

I thought ginger was also a diuretic?

306905a32e76b5c0764a663ea7e88426

(1072)

on November 09, 2011
at 06:24 PM

Ginger. Plus one :)

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on November 09, 2011
at 06:21 PM

I love peppermint tea

026dde5c5ed48e30d006ac075410871e

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on November 09, 2011
at 06:18 PM

Agreed, this tea is insanely good

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

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on November 09, 2011
at 06:06 PM

Hey Wheelhouse - I love Mayan style! The only kind I don't like is when they add chipotle - the smoky flavor kind of ruins it for me. Your recipe sounds pretty good too - I will have to try the black pepper!!

Fe535c4994ac6176f76e1ff6d29eb08a

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on November 09, 2011
at 05:04 PM

+1 on the Mayan style hot chocolate. I make that all the time on those cold winter nights with Christmas lights flickering where something warm and just a tad indulgent just hits the spot. I add cayenne, cinnamon, black pepper, paprika, and a touch of cumin in mine.

Cfc7dee889a66db9cd76c4f348109294

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on November 09, 2011
at 04:41 PM

second the bone broth!

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363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

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on November 09, 2011
at 04:36 PM

I would say bone broth - it is very satisfying for me, but once I am through with my 30 day hardcore paleo challenge I am going to try to experiment with some coconut milk hot cocoa - something that wouldn't be super sweet, just with the little bit of sugar in the coconut milk, and maybe some cayenne and cinnamon to make it Mayan style. I have a really awesome high quality dutched cocoa powder called Radeburger if you can find it - super chocolately, and just fiber carbs. I also like the tea ideas - I love herbal and flower teas, they have their own sweetness without having to add any.

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

(4642)

on November 09, 2011
at 06:06 PM

Hey Wheelhouse - I love Mayan style! The only kind I don't like is when they add chipotle - the smoky flavor kind of ruins it for me. Your recipe sounds pretty good too - I will have to try the black pepper!!

Fe535c4994ac6176f76e1ff6d29eb08a

(4286)

on November 09, 2011
at 05:04 PM

+1 on the Mayan style hot chocolate. I make that all the time on those cold winter nights with Christmas lights flickering where something warm and just a tad indulgent just hits the spot. I add cayenne, cinnamon, black pepper, paprika, and a touch of cumin in mine.

Cfc7dee889a66db9cd76c4f348109294

(1652)

on November 09, 2011
at 04:41 PM

second the bone broth!

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(2169)

on November 10, 2011
at 01:47 AM

broth hadn't even crossed my mind. I've got some grassfed beef bones I bought a few days ago to make broth to prepare for cold + flu season. Great idea!

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on November 09, 2011
at 11:06 PM

Bone broth is amazing in the winter (and anytime)!

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on November 09, 2011
at 06:00 PM

Ginger is one of my favorite allies. I keep several Mason jars of homemade ginger tea ready in the fridge most of the year, but especially in winter.

I chop a pound of fresh roots and simmer them skin and all for the better part of a day, either on the stove or in a slow cooker. It comes out somewhat concentrated so when I want some I just mix it with more water to taste, heat, and enjoy. I find it has the added benefit of keeping some cold-weather winter-related joint inflammation/stiffness at bay, and is great for any tummy troubles as well as being particularly warming. It mixes well with dandelion root teabags, or fresh lemon juice and a few grinds of sea salt. Stevia sometimes, sometimes not.

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on November 09, 2011
at 04:49 PM

Caffeine is considered a diuretic, so green tea falls into that category even though the caffeine levels are low. Also yarrow and dandelion.

Oh man. Ok.. umm.. my attempts at keeping you warm:

  • Infuse water with herbs, fruit, ginger and then heat up? Hot water with crushed mint and ginger, etc.
  • Broth or miso. If you go easy on the miso then the salt with stay low so you're not all dry mouthed and parched
  • Cut apple or cranberry cider with water
  • So many varieties of tea - go crazypants with options
  • Coconut milk with spices, a spoonful of unsweetened cocoa powder - or almond milk if you like it. Chai spices would be good.. you could actually heat up the milk and toss in a Chai tea bag

My person favourite: hot water, lemon, smashed ginger, squeeze of lemon, squeeze of honey. With or without a big fat pour of whiskey :)

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on November 09, 2011
at 11:39 PM

For me anything caffeine at all is a mass diuretic, when I go non-caffeinated I don't need to go skipping off to the loo a 100 times. I never knew that ginger fell into the pee category.. I've always been cool with it and I eat/drink a lot of it. Interesting!

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on November 10, 2011
at 12:02 PM

You also tend to make frequent trips the to facilities when you drink more, regardless the caffeine content. I need to see a double-blind placebo-controlled study on your bladder, before I blame the caffeine. ;)

306905a32e76b5c0764a663ea7e88426

(1072)

on November 09, 2011
at 06:24 PM

Ginger. Plus one :)

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on November 09, 2011
at 08:00 PM

Pretty sure everything is a diuretic if you take enough. ;) Caffeine's diuretic properties are dubious at best. I know I've seen studies that haven't shown caffeine's diuretic properties. Wikipedia mentions this.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on November 09, 2011
at 06:53 PM

I thought ginger was also a diuretic?

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E167c0387a5f0b87bb1f2c3e6aec73a8

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on November 09, 2011
at 04:39 PM

Cold? Start running in place

warm,-hydrating,-low-carb-winter-drink?

Im never cold, not even in winter.

E167c0387a5f0b87bb1f2c3e6aec73a8

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on November 10, 2011
at 09:21 AM

i know right? btw, didn't meant to "upset" anyone , if are cold a warm drink is not going to fix it ( where is the logic on that?) ><

93ae9f2d376e5426e891a9b58d8302fa

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on November 10, 2011
at 01:44 AM

How could this possibly be voted DOWN? More! More!

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0242b468fe1c97997749db416c92e7ed

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on November 09, 2011
at 05:26 PM

This stuff is, hands down, my favorite caffeine-free hot beverage:

warm,-hydrating,-low-carb-winter-drink?

We buy it in bulk from Amazon's subscribe & save service.

And if you want a little winter indulgence, this stuff is simply AMAZING. (we sub stevia for the agave nectar, though)

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on November 09, 2011
at 08:12 PM

Mmmmmmmm....that stuff is so good. It makes the whole house smell yummy too.

026dde5c5ed48e30d006ac075410871e

(288)

on November 09, 2011
at 06:18 PM

Agreed, this tea is insanely good

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(2301)

on November 10, 2011
at 03:47 AM

What's this stuff taste like?

Medium avatar

(572)

on November 10, 2011
at 02:02 PM

I love this tea so much. I drink it every day.

0242b468fe1c97997749db416c92e7ed

(4528)

on November 10, 2011
at 03:42 PM

It is a tea, but a very unique tea - very cinnamon-y, spicy and slightly sweet (even though there's no sugar) SO GOOD!

1c67bc28f4e44bbb8770b86df0463df3

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on November 10, 2011
at 05:06 AM

tea . . .. . .

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(2301)

on November 11, 2011
at 04:34 AM

@bill, thanks, you have been so helpful. I appreciate it. Thanks Kimbo! Ill pick some up when I see it :D

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on November 10, 2011
at 11:54 PM

Heat up almond milk and throw in unsweetened baking chocolate and good vanilla extract. Perfect every time.

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(2169)

on November 11, 2011
at 05:40 PM

YUM! sounds delicious

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on November 09, 2011
at 07:28 PM

Not really a "drink" per say but I love chicken broth for a cold winters day...

Throw a couple egg whites in boiling chicken broth is perfect for cold days.

As far as warm, low carb drinks are concerned nothing IMHO beats a little coffee.

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on November 09, 2011
at 05:21 PM

Red tea (Rooibos) has no caffeine. It's not even tea; it's a shrub native to Africa. Try it.

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on November 09, 2011
at 05:12 PM

I put some powdered ginger in a mug and pour boiling water over it. Hot. Spicy. No calories.

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on November 09, 2011
at 04:41 PM

I drink peppermint tea literally all day long and it doesn't seem to be a diuretic.

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on November 09, 2011
at 06:21 PM

I love peppermint tea

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on November 09, 2011
at 04:37 PM

There are SO many good herbal teas out there. Yogi's Egyptian Licorice is a fave, and doesn't taste like licorice, more like cinnamon. I also like vanilla rooibos and twig (Kukicha) tea, which has a coffee-like taste and has very low caffeine.

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on November 09, 2011
at 04:28 PM

I like hibiscus tea made from whole dried rose hips. Its tastes almost like wine. Actually i have had worse wines. :)

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on November 10, 2011
at 11:31 PM

I drink apple cider vinegar cold during the (humid Texas) summer and one glass of vinegar and water can quench my thirst when 4 liters of normal water can't. I've heard it tastes quite nice hot as a tea type beverage.

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on November 10, 2011
at 12:58 PM

I make my own tea with fresh ginger, slices of lemon and some leaves from lemon-grass- its very nice hot or cold and also very good for you ! I make it in a tea pot in the morning and keep topping it up throughout the day

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on November 10, 2011
at 08:40 AM

Yogi's ginger lemon tea; almond breeze's unsweetended almond milk - i put some vanilla powder into this, amazing!

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on November 09, 2011
at 04:39 PM

Water. In your vest pocket.

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Warm as piss. That's what I use for winter biking.

Actually, I'm a little disappointed that the bottle design looks like it's changed. I can't vouch that this new design will fit the pocket as nice.

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on November 10, 2011
at 01:59 AM

I agree. I find plain old hot water from the tap at least as satisfying as most herbal teas without added sweetener, cream, and so on.

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on November 09, 2011
at 04:27 PM

I'm assuming you already ruled out decaf coffee or an herbal tea? I like teas with cranberry or rose hips in them--almost any flower teas that smell nice are my favorites.

Otherwise, filtered bone broth is definitely a good option, or almost any broth from soup.

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on November 10, 2011
at 11:05 AM

Warm red wine with star anis. Not for everyday though.

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on November 10, 2011
at 08:30 AM

Yogi's Ginger Harmony Tea

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on November 10, 2011
at 12:20 AM

The caffeine in black or green tea is the diuretic, so herbal teas (like peppermint) are fine.

I drink coffee and black/green tea with abandon, but I also love herbal teas of all kinds, especially spicy ones. Go to the tea aisle of a natural food store and see what looks good. Hot bone broth is good too -- and actually nutritious unlike most herbal teas. I usually don't have enough on hand to drink it frequently because I use it up in recipes, but when I have had it's delicious, warming & satisfying.

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