One of the main goals of this blog is to show people that they and their families can ENJOY eatting healthy foods.
Holiday time is among the most stressful times of year when binge eating is pervasive. We celebrate and then feel horrible.
That’s why I LOVE mulled wine, a healthy, delicious cocktail.
- One bottle (750 mL) of red wine (suggestions: Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot)
- One peeled and sliced orange (keep peel to add zest to taste into cooking pot)
- 8-10 cloves
- 2/3 cup honey
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tsp fresh or 2 tsp ground ginger (allspice can be substituted)
- Serves 4-6
Preparation: To make the perfect cup of mulled wine, combine all ingredients in
either a large pot or a slow cooker. Gently warm the ingredients on low to
medium heat (avoid boiling), for 20-25 minutes. Stir occasionally to make sure
that the honey has completely dissolved. When the wine is steaming and the
ingredients have been well blended it is ready to serve. Ladle the mulled wine
into mugs (leave seasonings behind) and enjoy!
Nutritional benefits: Here are just 4 of the multiple benefits:
1. Mulled wine is warming, which stimulates our metabolism and comforts
us in the cold weather.
2. Ginger: This spice has great anti-inflammatory benefits and is used to
treat the common cold, fever, flu, headache, motion sickness and vertigo, cancer
chemotherapy, nausea (including after surgery), inflammation (including
associated with arthritis and ulcerative colitis), asthma, backache,
bronchitis, breast cancer, congestion, diarrhea, vomiting, cold sweats, dog
bites, malaria, poor circulation, stomach ache, suppressed menstruation,
swelling, syphilis, tetanus, toothache, and indigestion.
3. Cinnamon: Studies found that it is stabilizes blood sugars
(beneficial for people who suffer from Hyperglycemia and Type 2 Diabetes), has
an anti-clotting effect, relieves arthritis pain and yeast infection.
4. Cloves: Contain antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, plus they’re loaded in nutrients including Omega 3 and manganese.
Do you have any healthy, holiday suggestions?