In the winter time especially, we want our hot coffee, or our hot chocolate. Ritual. However, the general suggestions of holistic Nutrition always encourage that we eat and drink foods with less refined (white) sugar and these are typically drinks that we add sugar to.
I always encourage that we eat foods with less chemicals, that we eat food that won't STRESS our body but that will nourish it.
So I've been playing lots with tea because I'm in love with it. I've had a long love affair with tea: since discovering it was really good for you in 2010 when I started studying nutrition. The love affair got stronger when I started brewing kombucha, a fermented tea. I've been making recipes with coconut milk or water, a traditional healthier hot chocolate and more.
I've had this one recipe for awhile but pulled it out again after a long time, to make it today and to share it with you. It doesn't take lots of time, its anti-inflammatory, amazing for your immune system, SIMPLE.... and delicious.
Tastes great especially on a Sunday morning, or any day of the week!
Servings: 1 cup of tea
1 cup almond milk, brown rice milk or coconut milk (or water if you don't have these milks on hand)
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2-inch wide round slice of ginger root
Dash of cayenne pepper
1/2 – 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup
Optional additions: a small pat of butter, cinnamon, cardamom, pumpkin spice mix
Gently warm the almond or coconut milk on the stove.
In a mug, combine the remaining ingredients.
Drizzle a teaspoon of the warmed milk into the mug and mix until the liquid is smooth with no lumps.
Then add the rest of the milk and mix well. You can leave the ginger in the tea, or strain it out before drinking. (If you're dealing with sickness, I'd leave it in for a nice and long time!)
Herbs and spices are warming for our body in the colder seasons. Read [7 Ways to Keep Balance in Winter]
Curcumin is the compound in turmeric that is very beneficial for the body. It's anti-inflammatory and incredibly helpful for the liver. ENJOY this anti-oxidant, immune boosting drink as a preventative this cold and flu season! (For more herbal magic, check out the gorgeous herbs and healing products at Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary, my favourite!)