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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Coconut Collagen Matcha Latte

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Did you know drinking matcha can actually improve your stress and anxiety levels?! Yeah, go figure. Matcha contains an amino acid called theanine which has been shown to reduce anxiety and calm the body. Amazing. I KNOW. And there are sooo so so many more health benefits to gain from it too which I talked about in my St. Patrick’s day Matcha pancakes post (which you should definitely try because they’re my new fave) so I won’t repeat myself here, but if you haven’t read about them you should definitely check it out!

So I’m usually more of a coffee drinker than a tea drinker, but lately I’ve been trying not to drink as much coffee to see if I notice any positive impacts that come from cutting down on it (mainly to my gut). But anyways, I had heard of matcha before and knew of its trendiness so I decided to give it a go.

Instant happiness. That’s all I have to say.

Oh. My. Gosh. SO freakin’ tasty!!! It literally got to a point where I would be excited for my day to end so I could go to sleep and start a new day just so I could try a new matcha drink. I’m still that excited about it, too, which is awesome because I find I get tired of having certain things everyday. But persimmons and matcha apparently I could have every day for the rest of my life and have zero complaints.

Another thing I enjoy about it? It’s pretttyyyyy. Hehe I just love the subtle green color. And you do eat with your eyes, after all, so the fact that it’s nice to look at just adds to the endless qualities I love about matcha.

OKAY. So this is a drink people, how much longer could I ramble on about it? (Trick question, I could ramble forever. But I won’t for your sake). Go get yourself some matcha powder already and join in on all this deliciousness!

Coconut Collagen Matcha Latte

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a small sauce pan, heat your coconut milk over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until it reaches your desired drinking temperature.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl or the mug you’ll be using, combine the matcha powder and hot water and stir until the matcha is completely dissolved.
  3. Once your milk has reached your desired temperature, add it to a blender. Then, add your matcha/water mixture and the remaining ingredients.
  4. Pulse a couple of times until it becomes nice and foamy.
  5. Pour into a mug and 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!