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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Zoodles with Ground Turkey Meatballs

Zoodles with ground turkey meatballs

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed the trend by now, but I LOVE creating healthier versions of my favorite cheat  meals, and (as you could probably guess) this is yet another one. Now I LOVE spaghetti and meatballs. So much. I love pretty much all Italian food, actually, it just tastes so freakin’ good. But it’s all so full of wheat and gluten and sugar (probably why I love it) so I only eat it once in a blue moon now. Or at least the real stuff.

So I’ve come up with a way to trick myself into thinking I’m having some tasty Italian spaghetti and meatballs without the guilt and tummy troubles:

ZOODLES.

Hehe I love saying that. Zooooooodles, do the zoodle dance.

Bailey, what the heck are zoodles?! Simple: zucchini + noodles = zoodles. They’re just spiralized zucchinis! So quick and easy to make and waaay more nutritious (and less carbs and sugar) than real pasta.

Zucchinis are often overlooked as a veg, but they are nutrient-dense powerhouses. Zucchinis are great for people who are on low-carb diets because they’re mostly water and therefore low in carbs, calories, fats, and sugar. But they’re still loaded with potassium, manganese, vitamin C, and vitamin A. The high amount of vitamin C plays a huge role in reducing inflammation in the body which is crucial to a healthy gut, immune system, nervous system, and cardiovascular system. Zucchinis also help improve digestion because they’re so hydrating and full of electrolytes and other digestion-related nutrients. So yeah, I’d say they’re pretty amazing.

And is it just me or is a plant-based life the best kinda life? Cuz after I eat this I feel like I could take over the world. Not only is my tum-tum a huge fan, but steam those zoods just right and you won’t even know if you’re eating veg or pasta. So it’s time to get a quick forearm workout in and spiralize ALL THE ZUCCHINIS!!!!! (or at least enough to satisfy your pasta craving for now).

 

Zoodles with Ground Turkey Meatballs

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 4 large zucchinis
  • 1 lb. lean ground turkey
  • ½ brown onion, diced
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley plus extra for garnish
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Extra virgin olive oil to drizzle on top
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Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Make the meatballs by combining all ingredients except the zucchini and olive oil in a bowl and mix to combine (I usually just use my hands). Form meatballs into about 1 inch balls and place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until balls are thoroughly cooked throughout.
  3. Meanwhile, spiralize your zucchinis and place a pot on the stove on medium heat with about ¼ cup water in it. Let it heat up for 1-2 minutes and then place your zoodles in and cover. Let steam for about 2 minutes and then open and stir the zoodles around. Replace the lid and steam for another 2-4 minutes until they reach the desired firmness. Remove from heat and drain.
  4. Top the zoodles with your meatballs, EVOO, and parsley. Enjoy!
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Sippable Healing Bone Broth

Sippable Healing Bone Broth

Bone Broth?

What.

The heck.

Is that.

I’m not sure what it is about the words “bone” and “broth” put together that make it sound like you’re having some creepy Halloween blood/bone concoction of ickiness, but the first time I heard that bone broth is something I should be consuming, I was like um, excuse me?

BUT. Contrary to how it sounds, bone broth is simply just bones simmered for an extended period of time in order to extract the flavor and health benefits from them.  And in this case, the health benefits are endless.

*One thing I do want to mention real quick here is to just make sure your bones are from a grass-fed/free-range animal. I prefer grass-fed beef bones or free-range chicken bones just to ensure I’m getting the healthiest broth I can, because after all you’re literally going to be drinking the extracts of that animal’s bones.*

Okay, so these benefits I keep speaking of! Bone broth is one of the best sources of collagen you can obtain naturally. Collagen is a protein found in most connective tissues  in the body, and over time we begin to lose that collagen. Bone broth offers a solution in that you’re intaking readily absorbable collagen right into your body!

But that isn’t the only thing it’s good for. It’s also INCREDIBLE for your gut health. Bone broth has tons of gelatin, which has been proven to restore your gut lining’s strength and even helps resist certain food intolerances. It also helps repair leaky gut, which is when tiny food particles that haven’t been digested seep out of the intestinal lining and into the bloodstream where the immune system then recognizes the foreign particles and becomes active. This causes unnecessary inflammation in the body and can even lead to autoimmune disorders. Since bone broth repairs the gut lining and supports a healthy inflammation response, it can seriously benefit those who suffer from leaky gut by healing the lining where food particles could possibly leak out from. Woop woop!

Now this broth can be taken further to make soups out of, but on a cold day sometimes it’s nice to just sip some out of a mug, like a hot tea. This is actually a real thing, ya know. I’m not just making it up. In New York (and probably other places too, but I’ve read articles about how trendy these cafes are in New York) they have entire cafes dedicated entirely to sippable bone broths! So you don’t have to just take my word for it, trust the people of New York’s taste buds, they know what’s up. So go get yourself some bones and start healing yourself right now!

Sippable Healing Bone Broth

  • Servings: 1 large soup pot full
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1-2 pounds grass-fed beef soup bones
  • 1 head garlic, cut in half crosswise
  • 1 brown onion, quartered
  • Appx. 24 Liters filtered water (however much your soup pot holds)
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F. place your bones, garlic, and onion on a lined baking sheet and drizzle with EVOO. Cook in the oven for about 30 minutes, until bones are fully cooked.
  2. Remove from the oven and place in your soup pot with thyme, rosemary, and some salt and pepper. Fill the rest of the pot to about 1 inch below the brim with filtered water.
  3. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to a low simmer and cover. Simmer for 24-48 hours while checking every so often to make sure the water level doesn’t get too low. If your water level is decreasing, add in some more filtered water as needed.
  4. * Broth will keep for about a week in the fridge so I like to refrigerate what I’ll use for the week and freeze the rest in small portions!