DIY Recipe: New Drink, Who Dis?

I discovered turmeric lattes about four months ago at a cute little cafe on 8th street in Greenwich Village called Ancolie . I instantly fell in love with the potential of reducing my inflammation via the golden elixir and began making the lattes at home. For the past two months I've unintentionally become addicted to the lattes as they've become my pre-workout treat, blessing me with enough energy that caused me to forget about coffee...new drink, who dis? 

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I'm apparently late to the #Golden game because herbal lattes such as Turmeric, Beet, Matcha and the most recent new craze, Moringa, have been all over the Instagram wellness feeds for a minute now. Since my version of a turmeric latte is DIY in every sense of the word, our favorite chef Emily Knapp of The Fresh Slice  is thankfully back again with a more gourmet version that'll make our inner selves smile. 

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      Hey everyone! Emily here with a new recipe and a bit of knowledge for you health food buffs. 

Turmeric has been a buzz word ingredient in the health and wellness world for a few years, as a nutrient dense superfood that packs a punch of flavor.  Since the hype, turmeric can be found in just about anything dressings, soups, smoothies, juices, milks and supplements. Turmeric has a unique pungent, spicy, earthy and citrus flavor profile that will shine in any dish. In addition to its distinct taste, turmeric is bursting with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-carcinogenic properties. Turmeric root is rich in vitamin C, E and K as well as calcium, copper, iron, magnesium and zinc. Studies have found that turmeric can reduce moderate joint pain and intestinal inflammation, to keep you feeling your best in the difficult winter months. *Pro tip: In order to get the most out of your turmeric always pair it with black pepper! Black pepper increases the bioavailability of curcumin found in turmeric, improving it detoxifying properties.

 

Unlike most turmeric lattes, we have turned this one up a notch fortifying it with a large list of game changers. Starting with dreamy coconut butter, a blended mixture of coconut meat and coconut oil. It contains all of the benefits of coconut oil with the added fat, fiber and decadence of coconut meat. Coconut butter contains powerful antioxidants like lauric acid, which improves cell rejuvenation and protect the organs from harmful free-radicals.

Another coconut derived product that I love adding into my routine is MCT oil. MCT oil is a Medium Chain Triglyceride that is extracted from coconut oil. Due to the medium chain fatty acids, MCT oil is absorbed quickly allowing your body to obtain the benefits from coconut oil without exerting energy. The rapid absorption improves metabolism of the oil so that it can be used by the body as an immediate source of fuel. MCT oil has been found to reduce inflammation, improve heart health and brain function.

On to the next one, Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides. This year collagen has become more than just an anti-aging cream but it has transformed into our food and supplements. Collagen is a pure source of protein that can improve your skin, reduce cellulite, decrease joint inflammation, improve metabolism and strengthen your hair and nails. I mean are you sold yet? Collagen reverses the aging process by replacing naturally lost collagen, improving skin elasticity, appearance and cell hydration. Collagen supplements also work to reverse joint deterioration, reduce joint inflammation and pain. Shiny hair and strong nails, no problem. Collagen is the building blocks of our hair and nail growth, so adding in collagen to your diet will help maintain strong hair and nail growth. (This form of collagen is not plant based, but algae based collagens are on the market today.)

Last but not least, we are hitting the shrooms. Reishi Mushroom is a medicinal fungus that is highly anti-inflammatory, promotes mental clarity, longevity and immune function. Reishi mushrooms are also found to be bring the body back to homeostasis, which regulate hormonal imbalance and cellular function.

So here you go, the one cup cure to inflammation, hormone imbalance, energy deficiency and aging (or at least we can try). Time to grab a mug and start sippin’ that liquid gold.

*Don't forget to check out the links for more information on purchasing some of the hard to find ingredients

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Fortified Turmeric Milk

Serves 1

1 ½ cups Non-Dairy Milk

1 tsp Ground Turmeric

½ tsp Cinnamon

1/8 tsp Ground Pepper

2 tsp Honey (or natural sweetener of choice)

1 Tbs Coconut Butter, melted

1 Tbs MCT Oil, optional

1 scoop Vital Protein Collagen Peptides, optional

1 tsp Reishi Powder

Pinch of salt

  1. In a sauce pan, heat milk over medium heat. Whisk in the remaining ingredients until well combined.

  2. Let the mixture come to a simmer. Thoroughly whisk to dissolve any remaining spices and pour into your favorite mug.

  3. Best if served immediately, but can also be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, reheating as necessary.