Matcha Latte & Golden Milk

It's been a while since my last recipe, so today I have not one but two recipes for you! Two of my favorite heart-warming hot drinks, perfect for these colder, darker days. 

First, let's chat about matcha. Highly caffeinated, matcha is energizing and so tasty. I've blended it with soy milk, cinnamon and coconut oil to get a quality foam on top. Besides energizing, matcha is also an antioxidant, and has been researched to have anti-cancer properties. You can use any matcha powder you like- I use Matcha Macuna from Harmonic Arts for an extra superfood boost.

Next up? Golden milk. I could talk for days about the health benefits of turmeric (anti-inflammatory, liver protective...), but it might get too verbose. If you're interested, check out some the medical properties of turmeric here. Turmeric is best absorbed with fats and black pepper, which is why there is both coconut oil and black pepper in this recipe- to boost absorption. It's the perfect drink to curl up with at the end of a long day. The recipe can be multiplied- I quadruple the recipe without the coconut oil and store it in the fridge. When I want a cup, I warm up a portion and blend with the coconut oil. Easy even during a busy week!

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GOLDEN MILK

INGREDIENTS

1 cup almond milk
½ tsp turmeric
½ tsp fresh grated ginger
¼ tsp cinnamon
Pinch of cardamom
Pinch black pepper
¼  tsp coconut oil
1 tsp honey, or to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

Heat almond milk with spices and honey until steaming. Add milk and coconut oil to a blender, blend on medium- high for about 20 seconds. Pour into mug, sprinkle with cinnamon. Serves 1. 
 

MATCHA LATTE

INGREDIENTS

1/3 cup boiling water
1 tsp matcha tea powder
½ cup soy milk
¼  tsp cinnamon
¼  tsp vanilla
Pinch of cardamom
¼  tsp coconut oil
1-2 tsp maple syrup

INSTRUCTIONS

Over medium heat, whisk soy milk, cinnamon, vanilla and cardamom. While its heating up, stir 1 tbsp room temperature water into matcha powder. Add boiling water and stir. Once the soy  has started to bubble around the edges, add matcha, soy milk, coconut oil and maple syrup to a blender and blend on high for 15-30 seconds. Pour into mug and top with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Disclaimer: Information can be empowering, but we all have unique health profiles and needs. Health-related information contained in this post is intended to be general in nature and should not be used as a substitute for a visit with a Naturopathic Doctor. The advice is intended to offer only a general basis for individuals to discuss their medical condition with their health care provider.  Always consult your licensed Naturopathic Physician.

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