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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Quick and Easy Tahini-Free Hummus and Veggies

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It’s Friday wooohoooooo!!!!!

And do you know what that means? Time to invite everyone over for a hummus patio partay. Ayyyyyyyyyyyyyo.

Seriously, what could be better than enjoying the company of your friends out in the lovely spring (or summer, depending on if you’re further South than me) weather with a quick, simple, scrumptious hummus and veg appy that you whipped up in all of about two seconds? And then maybe once the sun sets you could bring the party inside for some board games (if you guys haven’t played What Do You Meme yet, then I highly recommend). That sounds like a fantastic Friday in my book. And after the hummus is gone, you can top off the night with some of these one-bowl dairy, gluten, and refined sugar free dark chocolate-stuffed cookies. K drool.

Best.

Friday.

Ever.

I made this hummus tahini-free purposely because I find sometimes tahini can upset my stomach (but only sometimes), but if you dig tahini you can totally add some in there to add more of a nutty flavor to this hummus!

Seriously though, whether you’re having company over and are looking for an easy, healthy appetizer to put out, or if you just want a quick snack to have on hand in the fridge for the busy week ahead, this hummus is perfect.

AAAAND, before I get too hungry and distracted, let’s not forget about those health benefits. Chickpeas are wonderful little cuties, especially for vegans, because they are one of the highest plant sources of protein and fiber, as well as iron, manganese, and folate! So basically incorporating more chickpeas into your diet is always a yes. And they’re so cute and tasty how could you resist them!

Have a wonderful hummus (and health)-filled Friday my peeps!

Quick and Easy Tahini-Free Hummus and Veggies

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 15 oz. can of chickpeas, drained
  • 1 Tbsp Chickpea liquid
  • 1-3 Tbsp water (depending how thick you like your hummus)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped parsley, a sprinkle of paprika, and an extra drizzle of EVOO to garnish
  • OPTIONAL: Add ½ cup of your favorite baked veggies (I love adding sweet potatoes, roasted beets, or red peppers to this recipe to give it a fun new flavor)
  • Chopped fresh veggies to dip (I used raw carrots, raw cauliflower, and cucumbers.

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients except for the garnishes and veggies to a high-powered blender or food processor. Blend until your hummus is smooth and creamy, adding water as necessary until the desired thickness has been achieved.
  2. Serve with your chopped veggies and enjoy!


Easy Coconut Yellow Curry Chicken Bamboo Bowl

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Easy Coconut Yellow Curry Chicken Bamboo Bowl

  • Servings: 1 bowl
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • ¼ cup chopped red cabbage
  • ½ cup chopped kale
  • ¼ cup shredded carrot
  • ¼ cup steamed broccoli
  • ¼ cup cremini mushrooms, sliced and sautéed until soft
  • ¼-½ cup cooked chicken breast, sliced
  • 1 tsp unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ½ cup cooked brown rice (I cook my rice in water with ½ tsp turmeric powder which gives it a nice yellow color as well as some great added health benefits!)
  • 1 ½ tsp yellow curry sauce
  • 1-2 Tbsp coconut milk
  • 1 tsp all-natural peanut butter

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the yellow curry sauce, coconut milk, and peanut butter. Mix until well combined.
  2. In a larger bowl, add your cabbage, kale, carrot, broccoli, mushrooms, chicken, shredded coconut, and rice. Top with your curry sauce and enjoy!


Immunity Boosting Orange Turmeric Tonic

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It’s that time of year again, the time of the sicklings. Well, I guess the second time of year for Edmonton because the first time everyone is sick is when it starts getting cold and now we’re getting the second wave of sickness because it’s been months and, you guessed it, IT’S STILL SO COLD.

Now I haven’t gotten sick yet, (probably just jinxed myself) but everyone surrounding me has been sick for weeks so I’m feeling either invincible or like I’m going to be sick any second now. BUT I snagged a giant bag of oranges for 50% off at the grocery store this morning so I’ve decided to fight as hard as I can against the sickness. Vitamin C power, baby.

I keep up with my foodie trends and I’ve noticed that tonics have been on the rise lately, so what better to make with my vitamin packed oranges than an immunity boosting tonic?

Side note here – what even is a tonic? I’ve always heard the word and just kind of gone along with it, but what sets a tonic apart from your average joe drink? I’m googling it. OK according to dictionary.com, a tonic is described as, “a medicine that invigorates or strengthens.” Ahhhh, so does that mean a gin & tonic will heal me? Hehe I’m all for that! JK I don’t think that’s the same kind of tonic (which confuses me). So tonics are all powerful healing drinks, boo-yah.

So what makes this guy a tonic, you ask? Have a seat, my friend, I gotcha. Let’s just list the ingredients here:

  • Fresh Orange Juice: B and C vitamins to seriously boost that immune system and energy levels.
  • Fresh Lemon Juice: also a great source of vitamin C and promotes hydration.
  • Turmeric Root: contains a powerful compound called curcumin which is a natural anti-inflammatory and source of anti-oxidants. The anti-inflammatory properties in circumin play a huge role in the inflammatory pathway in the body, helping to fight off chronic illness (which is why it’s so great in this tonic).
  • Ginger Root: contains gingerol which is also a powerful source of anti-oxidants and has anti-inflammatory qualities. Ginger has been shown to reduce nausea and indigestion, boost your immune system, and relieve muscle pain and soreness, just to name a few key benefits.
  • Cinnamon: is another substance that is a strong anti-inflammatory and source of anti-oxidants, and helps fight off foreign invaders in the body to keep you from getting sick.
  • Raw Honey: a great source of antioxidants, is antibacterial and anti-fungal and aids the body’s healing process.

So yeah, it’s a tonic. And not the Gin and Tonic kind of tonic, the real healing kind. So if you’re feeling a little under the weather and think your immune system could use a boost, or if you’re like me and just want to prevent what seems like the inevitable at this point, be nice to your body and give this tasty tonic a try.

 

Immunity Boosting Orange Turmeric Tonic

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 orange, peeled and quartered
  • 1 lemon, peeled and quartered
  • 2 Tbsp turmeric root
  • 2 Tbsp ginger root
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp raw honey (adjust according to how sweet you want it)
  • ½ – 1 cup water
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Directions

  1. Juice your orange, lemon, turmeric root, and ginger root.
  2. Add cinnamon, raw honey, and water, and blend until well combined. Enjoy!
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