Healthy Mulled Wine
There is a few things that almost anyone can agree is a must have over Christmas and one of them is definitely, mulled wine.
This Christmas, don’t waste your time feeling guilty about wanting to consume alcohol or have a late night treat. After a long and hards days work, you should be able to come home and cosy up to a warm glass of wine and a Christmas movie.
So why not mix that glass of wine with some healthy spices and try out this healthy mulled wine. This way, it’s not only a treat for your palette, but for your belly, your blood and your muscles.
Spiced Mulled Wine
Yield: 6 Servings Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes
½ tsp. Allspice
2 tsp. Cardamom seeds
2 Cinnamon sticks
½ tsp. whole Cloves
½ inch fresh Ginger
2 whole Lemons
1 tbsp. Lemon zest
2 whole Orange
1 tbsp. Orange Zest
4 cups Red Wine
To make this deliciously healthy mulled wine, start by juicing both lemons and oranges.
In a medium saucepan, warm orange and lemon juice. Toss in a few of the squeezed rinds of both the lemon and orange. Add cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice and cardamom. Whole spices are better for this recipe, instead of powder. Simmer for 10 mins.
Pour in the bottle of wine. Bring to a simmer (don’t boil) for another 10 minutes. Turn off heat and add honey to taste.
Use a ladle to serve, straining out whole spices. Garnish each glass with a strip of zest, a cinnamon stick or both.
Healthy Mulled Wine Benefits
This is a great remedy for cold winter nights. Red wine dilates blood vessels, warms you up and relaxes your whole body.
It is a great alternative for a comforting treat to avoid overindulging on the wrong foods.
Cardamom is also a powerful mucus destroyer. Just like cinnamon, clove and ginger, its a diaphoretic so it opens your pores. This encourages a mild sweat that cleanses the skin; aids low grade fevers and cleanses the lymphatic system. As a bronchodilator it also improves breathing in asthmatics.
The sour taste of wine and lemon purge the gallbladder of bile, helping your body effectively digest heavy fats during winter. Cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and clove are all spices that strengthen your digestive fire. Bitter lemon and orange zest clear stagnation in your upper GI tract so you feel relaxed and comfortable.
Do you need any more of an excuse to enjoy this healthy mulled wine?
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This Recipe was taken from joyful belly, who have so many amazing AND healthy recipes to indulge on this winter – see here.
Check out our post on the most returned Christmas gifts here.