First of all, let me blow the dust off the blog…there, that’s better! Wow, it has been so long since I made the time to touch base with you all that I now have to learn a few new tricks with the updated WordPress format *blushes*.
Okay, I’m going to leap in with my favourite recipe – this one has been getting me through the NZ winter, and not only does it beat coffee hands down for kickstarting your day, it is also a nourishing and relaxing drink at the end of an evening. It will sort out pretty much anything that ails you…it is great for digestive issues, depression, circulation, skin health, brain function, liver health, and urinary function, it is a powerful anti-inflammatory, has antibiotic and anti-fungal properties, is loaded with anti-oxidants, and it even contains an enzyme that blocks certain types of cancer growth!
GLORIOUS TURMERIC BREW
1 cup of almond milk
½ teaspoon of turmeric powder
½ teaspoon of cinnamon powder
¼ teaspoon of ginger powder
⅛ teaspoon of cardamom powder
1 teaspoon of organic sweetener of your choice
(maple syrup, agave syrup, molasses, rapadura, coconut sugar, or honey for non-vegan folk)
optional: pinch of cayenne, if you like a bit of hot spice!
The instructions are pretty simple really – put it all in a small pot and gently heat it until it reaches the desired temperature. If you are using a raw sweetener (meaning: not heat-treated), then you should add this to the brew once it is off the heat to preserve the enzymes and nutrients. You will also find that there is a spice ‘sludge’ at the bottom of the cup – save this to re-brew later with a fresh lot of milk and sweet stuff.
Of course you don’t have to add anything sweet, but I am a sweet tooth, so there you go. The other way I make this brew is by infusing fresh ginger and turmeric root, cinnamon quills, cardamom pods, and a whole chili into the milk overnight before brewing it up the next day…but I figured you would all appreciate the I Need It Now version first. You’re welcome.
Megan Sheppard is an aficionado of all things plant-based, particularly if it involves herbs and tastes delicious! She works as a Herbalist specialising in nutrition, and works freelance as a natural health author and advisor. Megan’s herbalicious creations can be found at Wildflower Botanicals, a garden of organic and ethically sourced teas, chocolate, and other delights!