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by Colleen P Moyne (Colmo) (follow)
I'm a freelance writer living in the beautiful river town of Mannum in SA, dreaming of the day I can retire from the 9-5 to write full time.
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Most of us enjoy a hot cup of tea or coffee and some of us canít get enough. While enjoying a cup in the morning to kick-start our day can have benefits, the high caffeine content means that we should limit our intake later in the day or we might find that it interferes with our sleep.

So what do we do when weíre craving something hot to drink in the evenings? What alternatives are there to coffee, tea, or chocolate-based drinks to warm us up?

Here are five alternatives worth trying:



Horlicks
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1. Horlicks©. This is a malt-based drink, and added to warm milk it is the perfect nightcap for those wintry nights.

2. Hot water with lemon juice. Not only is it warming, but itís also great for our digestion, and to improve our brain function.



Horlicks


[3. Bonox© or Bovril©. Made from concentrated beef. A warm, savoury drink.



Horlicks


4. Caro© or Ecco©. A grain-based, caffeine-free alternative that is similar in taste to some coffees and is quite filling.



Horlicks


5. Herbal teas. Anything with chamomile, valerian, peppermint, spearmint, St. Johnís wort, lemongrass or rose not only tastes great but acts as a relaxant.

If you really, really have to have your tea or coffee, opt for the de-caffeinated variety. Less caffeine means better sleep and more alertness during the day.

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