Healing Golden Turmeric Latte

Wow it’s currently -15 and dropping, so basically it was nearly impossible to get out of bed this morning. Thankfully, I am now sipping on this magical turmeric latte and have warmed up enough to tell you about it.

I recently discovered something called VIOME which is this super cool gut microbiome (aka all your bacteria that make up your gut) test where you send in a stool sample and they will analyze it and report back your SPECIFIC gut microbiome data and personalized food/diet recommendations that will promote optimal gut functioning and therefore optimal you functioning. I’ll do a whole post all about my results and how much I’m OBSESSED with what I got back and how amazing I’ve been feeling since switching up my food intake based on their recommendations, but for now I’ll just give you a short little teaser.

My results consisted of a bunch of different sections, such as my superfoods, what foods to enjoy, what foods I should cut out completely, how much I should be eating of each, whyyyyy I should be eating this way, and an analysis of my microbial richness, inflammatorry activity, and metabolic fitness. Among many other things. But for the purposes of this post I will just tell ya that they recommended I have lots of turmeric.

Insert this latte into my life. Boy oh boy am I glad my Viome told me to have more because this latte is absolutely outstanding and I look forward to having one every freakin’ day. AND IT’S SO GOOD FOR YOU!!!! Turmeric contains curcumin which (when consumed with a little black pepper to make it more bio-available) is one of the best anti-inflammatory compounds in the world and we all know by now that chronic inflammation in the body is the root of all evil so basically we should all be trying to get as much of this curcumin as possible.

Also, if you struggle with gut issues or have sneaky intolerances, or even just bloat or have bad gas, you should 100% get your own Viome test done!!! Seriously. Life changing, people. You can use the promo code “bbb10” at Viome.com for $10 off your sample, too!

Happy Monday my fellow health foodies!

 

Healing Golden Turmeric Latte

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 cup fresh brewed coffee (decaf works too)
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 medjool dates, pitted
  • appx. 1 inch nub of fresh turmeric
  • ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ Tbsp MCT oil (or virgin coconut oil)
  • pinch of black pepper
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Directions

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour blender contents into a pot and heat over medium heat while stirring occasionally until the desired serving temperature has been reached. Enjoy!
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Dairy and Refined-Sugar Free Iced Coffee Slushy (Iced Capp for all my fellow Tim Horton’s lovers)

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For those of you who have been to Tim Horton’s and have experienced an Iced Capp first hand, you know what heavenly deliciousness it is. For those of you who have never had the pleasure of experiencing one, I’ll give ya some perspective. When my boyfriend and I were doing long distance and he lived in Canada and I was living in the United States (where there were no Tim Horton’s), sometimes I was more excited to visit Canada to get an Iced Capp at Timmy’s than to see him. He was a really close second, though, I promise. I mean, I did move here for him, and I despise the cold.

BUT, the drawback. Iced Capps unfortunately are basically a giant cream and sugar slushy with a little coffee. Boooooooo. Not so great for the tummy. So I decided to take matters into my own hands. Enter my pride and joy. I’m SO PROUD OF THIS RECIPE. I’m literally obsessed with it. My boyfriend (who doesn’t like coffee) even specifically requests this drink which NEVER HAPPENS.

It’s:

Creamy

Refreshing

Sweet

Slushy

Smooth

andddddddd

Addictive

Enticed yet? Seriously people. It’s so easy to make!!! Just throw everything into a blender and BOOM you have an instant low-calorie, dairy and refined sugar-free drink that tastes like a dessert. You’re welcome.

 


Dairy and Refined Sugar-Free Iced Coffee Slushy (Iced Capp for all my fellow Tim Horton’s lovers)

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Add all the ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend until a slushy consistency has been reached.
  2. Pour into a glass and enjoy!


Mocha Peanut Butter Pudding Smoothie Bowl

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For those of you who know me or who follow me on Instagram, you’re most definitely very aware of how much I’m obsessed with smoothie bowls. Like, to say it’s an addiction would be an understatement. I LIVE for smoothie bowls. So when I moved up to the Great White North, a serious wave of depression hit when I learned that smoothie bowls weren’t really a thing here. Many, many tears. Turns out a nice, cold, refreshing smoothie in a bowl isn’t really a best-seller when it’s minus a thousand degrees outside. Ugh.

Oh well. That’s what blenders are for! So being the thrifty, poor just-out-of-college girl that I am, I went out to my local Value Village and got the best looking blender that $10 could buy. Too bad I like my smoothie bowls to be the thickest of all time. My first blender broke pretty soon after I bought it, but not before getting a lovely splatter of blueberry smoothie all over my ceiling! (Which was my fault for sticking metal silverware in to try to “help the process”). Whatever. I’ll just buy a new one. So I did, and another couple months would go by, I’d break it again, and a vicious cycle began to occur.

I began to think that all blenders were out to get me. Which, in hindsight, I could’ve definitely been a little nicer to those blenders. If you’re like me and blenders also hate you, I have some advice: add more liquid. Smoothie bowls are equally as delicious when they’re a little runny! Just pop them in the freezer for a little bit before eating and it’ll be just as thicka-than-a-bowl-of-oatmeal. Moral of the story is don’t be as stubborn as me and break three blenders trying to get the thickest possible smoothie bowl. It’s not worth it.

But anyways, Christmas rolled around and my boyfriend obviously knows me too well, because to my shock there was a good ole Vitamix waiting for me under the tree this year. I honestly thought I was going to pass out from excitement! So guess what the first thing I made was?

Hummus!

Just kidding. A smoothie bowl, duh. Oh baby, it was incredible.

SO. Since then, I’ve been making up for lost time and throwing everything possible in to experiment with new smoothie bowl recipes. Thus became this recipe. And just as a disclaimer, smoothie bowl recipes are more so just guidelines. Add however much of whatever you want to throw in here! I find the amounts and ingredients I used below make a smoothie bowl that I find absolutely delicious, but maybe you like things more chocolate-y than I do. So add some more cocoa! Easy as that. Do your own experimenting! I’d love to hear what all of you think is the best smoothie bowl combo because there’s nothing I love more than trying new smoothie bowls.

I eat a lot of smoothie bowls for dessert because they’re a good healthier way of curbing my sweet tooth, but this bowl is the PERFECT hello-good-morning-it’s-going-to-be-one-amazing-day breakfast! With that bit of coffee and cocoa to give you a little caffeine buzz, mixed with all that yummy fruit and chia seed pudding, you won’t be able to have a bad day after starting it off so good.

But Bailey, chocolate? For breakfast?!?! Mother would not approve! Acccctuallyyyyyy, this recipe uses cocoa powder, which isn’t technically the same exact thing as chocolate. Cocoa powder is really just finely ground cocoa beans, which means it’s much lower in fat and sugar than actual chocolate. And not to mention all the health benefits that come with cocoa. I’ll try to list a few but there are just so many it’s overwhelming!

  • Cocoa is rich in the minerals iron, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, copper, and manganese, and is also a good source of selenium, potassium, and zinc. All these are necessary for maintaining a healthy body.
  • It’s anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, and has tons of antioxidants. In fact, it has a higher amount of antioxidants than green tea, black tea, and red wine! Some of the antioxidants help to stimulate the production of nitric oxide, which improves the elasticity of blood vessels and helps to lower high blood pressure. I’m all down for a healthy heart, how about you?
  • Cocoa contains high levels of flavanols. These guys are awesome. They help to enhance blood flow to the brain to improve cognitive function and brain health!
  • AND, as if you weren’t already in a good mood from how delicious your smoothie bowl tasted, cocoa also contains something called phenylethylamine which enhances your mood with anti-depressant-like effects, enhancing feelings of contentment and promoting an aphrodisiac effect.

So if you weren’t already on board with the whole “chocolate for breakfast” thing, I’m guessing you’ve probably changed your mind by now. So go grab your blender (and be nice to it) and TREAT YOSELF to a beautiful breakfast bowl! You deserve it.

Mocha Peanut Butter Pudding Smoothie Bowl

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. The night before, or at least 3 hours before making your smoothie bowl, make your chia seed pudding by combining all the above chia seed pudding ingredients in a jar, shaking to combine thoroughly, and placing it in the fridge to set for at least 3 hours.
  2. Once your pudding has thickened, place all the smoothie bowl ingredients in a high-powered blender (I always use my Vitamix because it makes the best smoothie bowl texture). Blend until you have a smooth, thick consistency.
  3. Spoon some chia seed pudding into your bowl and then place your smoothie on top. Top with whatever you have around! I love topping this bowl with bananas, strawberries, chia seeds, coconut flakes, peanut butter, and dark chocolate chips. Enjoy!


Cinnamon Vanilla Cashew Milk Latte (With Optional Lion’s Mane Powder)

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During my time living in Seattle (which is where Starbucks originated), it was pretty hard to avoid becoming a bit of your stereotypical “white girl latte drinker.” My go to drink: Pumpkin Spice Latte, of course. And when that wasn’t in season? The Skinny Blonde Vanilla Latte. HAHA okay I have to laugh at myself here. As undeniably delicious as those drinks were, who had I become? Spending 5+ dollars every day to put unhealthy drinks in this body had to be stopped.

So I accepted the challenge. Not only could I no longer have dairy, I was cutting out refined sugar as well, so thus began the concoction of me throwing together two of my favorite flavors to create this lovely latte.

Cinnamon and Vanilla. Mmmmmmm, now that’s a combo I can get behind. Combined with the subtle nuttiness of the Silk cashew milk and the sweet hints of maple syrup? Yeah this was definitely my new go to. (And if you’re not a big nut milk drinker, Silk Coconut Milk also tastes delish for this latte!) And cha-ching, so much cheaper than Starbucks, your wallet will thank you.

But why stop there? Sure, it was decently healthy, but I wanted MORE.

Then, I learned about Lion’s Mane Mushroom Powder. At first, I was a little hesitant, I mean… mushroom powder? Not necessarily the most drool-inducing stuff. But as I learned more about it, I was determined to incorporate it into my diet. And it’s pretty strong tasting, so what better way to mask the taste than in coffee! It works perfectly!

So why incorporate this weird sounding, lion-hair-looking mushroom into your diet, you ask? Umm, none other than like, a bajillion reasons.

  • Lion’s Mane has been used for centuries in Chinese herbal healing medicine and has mostly shown to boost brain function significantly. It enhances the neurite outgrowth, which means it helps support growth of axons and dendrites from neurons. This could lead to potential slowing or even reversal of diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s! It also improves memory and concentration. Okay now I was convinced to try it, but there’s still more!
  • Lion’s Mane is also: antibiotic, anti-aging, protects your heart, helps prevent certain cancers, boosts your energy, protects your liver and kidneys, and improves anxiety, depression, and cognitive function. WOWZA.
  • It’s also anti-inflammatory which plays a huge role in the healing of the body and your digestive health and immune function!

So this crazy sounding mushroom does it all, not to mention you get all of those benefits from drinking none other than a delicious latte!! And, to my surprise, it’s actually fairly easy to find, too. I got mine at Planet Organic, but I’m sure you could find it at Whole Foods or any larger health food/supplement store. It’s also widely available online through companies like Four Sigmatic, Harmonic Arts (the brand mine is), and Hybrid Herbs (which I have their pitaya powder and it’s delicious).

Now obviously the mushroom powder is optional in this recipe, and it tastes equally as refreshing and tasty without it. So make one now. put it in a to-go mug, and drink it while you’re on you way to your closest health food store to buy some Lion’s Mane powder to put in your next latte. Easy peas-y.

Delicious Cinnamon Vanilla Cashew Milk Latte (With Optional Lion's Mane Powder)

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan, combine your milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, and Lion’s Mane extract if you are using it. Heat on medium low heat, stirring occasionally until it’s almost boiling.
  2. Meanwhile, make your coffee or espresso.
  3. Once your milk mixture is just about boiling, remove it from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  4. Combine with your coffee or espresso and enjoy!