Two Recipes for the Perfect Golden Latte

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my afternoon pick-me-up

two recipes for the perfect golden latte

Turmeric, known for is anti-inflammatory properties and used medicinally for over 4,000 years, is excellent for arthritis, skin health, digestion, immune system, and even cancer. 


recipe one|feat. The Gut Lab

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ingredients

  • 350 mL (about a cup and a half) nut "milk" - if you're in Calgary this is my favourite
  • 1.5 tsp sunshine (turmeric root, true cinnamon, maca, lucuma, black pepper)*, love.
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp pure maple syrup (or raw honey)

directions

heat "milk" on stove top, blend in 2tsps of sunshine and 1tbsp coconut oil. remove from heat + add 1tsp of maple syrup (or raw honey). sip + nourish. 


recipe two|the long way 

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1. Nut "Milk"

I, in all honesty, have never tried making this with animal milk. I think that the consistency and flavour of nut "milk" works really well with the rest of the ingredients. If you're in Calgary my go-to is the Norman from Juice Because. As an added bonus if you make a little bit too much the nut "milk"reheats really well. 

2. Maple Syrup

Most golden latte recipes call for raw honey, I personally prefer the taste of Canadian Maple Syrup over honey, and it does score slightly lower on the glycemic index. Just make sure that it is 100% pure if you are using it.

3. Cinnamon

Cinnamon has been shown to be effective in improving blood sugar, insulin activity, blood pressure, and improve wound healing. As well, it is also an antioxidant and antimicrobial agent to help ward off those pesky winter colds.

4. Vanilla

A dash of vanilla will bring any ordinary beverage to a whole new level. The sweet aroma of this herb has long been used to naturally boost mood.

5. Ground Black Pepper

Black pepper might seem like a surprising addition, but there’s a very specific reason it found its way into your golden milk. Black pepper has long been used with turmeric to support its absorption, with some studies suggesting that it's active ingredient, piperine, can boost turmeric’s bioavailability in the body  by 2,000 percent. Piperine is known to interrupt certain intestinal digestive enzymes which means that it can increase the amount of any drug or supplement that the body can absorb.

6. Turmeric

Turmeric supports a healthy inflammatory response and is responsible for the vibrant yellow color of golden milk. It has a long history of medicinal use possessing antioxidants and anti-inflammatory effects and has been used to support liver health, blood health, joint function, memory, immune strength, and the digestive system. It is curcumin, the active compound in turmeric that is believed to supply many of these potential health benefits.

7. Coconut Oil 

This kitchen staple is rumored to slow aging, help your heart and thyroid and protect against illnesses like Alzheimer's, arthritis and diabetes.  Coconut oil is 92 percent saturated fat, 2/3 of this saturated fat is in the form of medium chain fatty acids. This type of fatty acid is used quickly by the body as energy. A powerful component of coconut oil is lauric acid, which has strong antifungal and antimicrobial properties.


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Ingredients:

  • 350 mL (about a cup and a half) of nut "milk" - I recommend a cold pressed nut "milk" such as this almond "milk" 
  • 1tsp Turmeric powder (do not use fresh turmeric root)
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon powder (or 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder and one cinnamon stick)
  • seeds from 1/2 of a vanilla bean, or a small splash of pure vanilla extract 
  • 1/2 tsp Pure Maple Syrup
  • 2 tsp coconut oil  
  • a crack or two of black pepper

Directions

  1. Heat almond milk, turmeric, cinnamon, vanilla, pepper coconut oil, and maple syrup* in a small pot over medium until just simmering. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. 
  2. Remove from heat; strain and discard solids.
  3. Pour into blender (my go-to is this Bamix Immersion Blender that I have been using for over a decade) and blend until frothy - you will want to blend it to incorporate the coconut oil into the drink. 
  4. Serve hot or pour over ice for a chilled version. 

*if using honey do not add until the heating process is finished


bonus ingredients:

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tocotrienols

{or tacos - depending on how quickly you read over. tacos are always delicious right? well, so are these.} creamy when blended and slightly sweet to taste, tocos are part of the vitamin e family, and may be associated with cardiovascular wellness.

ashwagandha

for thousands of years, this ancient plant has been used to help relieve stress, increase energy + brain function + reduce cortisol. it may help to decrease inflammation, cholesterol, blood glucose levels + symptoms of depression. ashwagandha is also said to help with boosting libido, fertility, + increasing strength. did we mention ashwagandha has anti-cancer properties too? now that's incredible.

shatavari

shatavari is a beautiful women’s tonic, supporting all stages of a woman’s cycle, pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum + menopause. not only that, this superfood is also a digestive aid, a powerful adaptogen, + nourishes + calms the nerves. a true nourishing gem for any woman to add to daily ritual.

coffee

depending on how my day is going I will often add a shot of espresso to my golden latte, it tastes wonderful and adds a little caffeine boost alongside the health benefits (and it does not alter the taste). 

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