#FromScratch chronicles Stephie’s nutrition [r]evolution as she switches her thought process from “where should I eat” to “what should I eat”. Follow her series as she braves the supermarket, starts to cook and explore a new way of eating.
We arrived home from the wild [and] oh so howling, windiness of Douglas, Wyoming. We had a fabulous time; it was truly a kick back, relax, it’s okay if you stay in your PJs all day kind of holiday.
[Queue: snow/sleet, here in metro Atlanta today!]
I digress, I found myself awake at 5am ET/3am MT every. single. day. because that’s the way I roll [and] I have this thing called ‘cocktail’ hour when I MUST take my anti-rejection medications.
Anyway, my crazy was hanging out as I found myself drinking a cup of coffee each morning under the light of the Christmas tree reading my non cancer books of choice for the holiday.
[My non cancer books: The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown [and] The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: the Japanese Art of Decluttering]
Back to the coffee thing.
I am NOT a coffee drinker, so I went looking for some alternatives [and] I found one that I REALLY like to add to my ‘cup of warm’ options:
Turmeric Ginger Latte:
1 & 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2-1 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp ginger, freshly grated or ground
1/2 tsp cinnamon, ground
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp organic vanilla extract
1 tsp sweetener of your choice [I use Manuka honey]
1/2 TBSP coconut oil
Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan; bring to a boil, whisk the ingredients together, then cut the heat source, transfer to a cup, add sweetener [and] enjoy a cup of warm.
Alternatively, you could substitute 1/4 tsp cardamom for the cinnamon, add all ingredients to a mason jar, shake for a couple of minutes, [and] enjoy as a cold beverage as well.
Throughout this #FromScratch adventure, I have learned that WHY is a very important question.
- Why is this a healthy beverage?
- Why heat the milk?
- Why add the pepper?
- Why include the coconut oil?
A Golden Turmeric Latte is a healthy beverage because of its anti-inflammatory as well as the anti-cancer properties. By heating the milk and pepper, you draw out the curcumin extracts [and] the coconut oil provides a rich creaminess with the added bonus of its natural anti-bacterial properties.
Baby, it’s cold outside, so be warm, friends!