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Ginger + Turmeric Latte

Food & Drink, Living Life CreativelyCait SherrickComment

Turmeric. Everyone in the health industry knows the spice. Everyone who just wants to be healthy has probably heard about it more times than they can count.  It’s one of the most popular spices used to help reduce inflammation in your body.  It’s also widely used in Indian food. I’m not a huge fan of Indian food and spices, so even though I knew it would probably be the best thing ever for my body, especially my skin, I judged quick and avoided it. Every time I came across an article or post about it, I’d read it, save it, even pin the recipe, but I’d never actually do anything with turmeric.

As I’ve gotten more and more into holistic health over the last year or so, reducing inflammation in my body has become more and more important to me. Inflammation has been proven to be a huge factor in everything from aging to acne, digestive issues to allergies. I’ve seen great improvements in my digestive health because of a number of things, so in order to maintain that, I’ve decided to approach it from the inside out and add more anti-inflammatory foods and spices into my diet.  My ultimate goal? To glow from the inside out.

Partly because I came across this goop recipe that actually sounded yummy, but mostly because my desire to glow outweighed my dislike for Indian spices, I decided to give turmeric a try. So, for the last couple of weeks I’ve been replacing my morning cup of chai tea (I know, it should be considered a crime. I still drink it at night.) with this ginger turmeric latte. Ginger also has anti-inflammatory properties, and it calms most tummy problems.  That means this latte is soothing, spicy, creamy and delicious all at once, and it’s incredibly good for you.


Ginger + Turmeric Latte
(adapted from this
goop recipe)
Ingredients

-1/4 teaspoon dried ginger, heaped
-1/4 teaspoon dried turmeric, heaped
-1 tablespoon coconut sugar (optional)
-pinch of sea salt
-2 teaspoons coconut oil
-1 cup almond milk

Directions
1.  Heat almond milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until just simmering.
2.  Pour the hot almond milk into a blender. I use our Magic Bullet.
3.  Add the turmeric, ginger, sugar, salt and coconut oil.
4.  Blend everything until smooth and frothy.


The turmeric tends to die everything yellow, so be sure to wash everything as soon as you can. I made the mistake of letting the clear plastic cup from our Magic Bullet soak in some water that had traces of turmeric in it, and it’s now a nice shade of sunshine yellow.

After a few weeks of daily doses of turmeric, I’ve definitely seen improvements in my skin and tummy. I’m not a doctor or nutritionist, so I can’t say that these results are directly linked to this latte. But, I will say that I think my chances of glowing from the inside out are pretty high, since turmeric turns everything sunshine yellow really quickly and really easily.

Do you use turmeric when you cook? If you have any tips, tricks or go-to recipes, let me know in the comments below!

Love, Light & Warm Cups of Chai Tea,

 
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Creamy Oatmeal

Food & Drink, Living Life CreativelyCait SherrickComment
   gluten-free, steel cut oats w/ strawberries, almonds + almond/coconut milk

gluten-free, steel cut oats w/ strawberries, almonds + almond/coconut milk

I eat oatmeal almost every morning.  It’s one of my favorite breakfast options, because it has natural protein and it keeps me full throughout the morning, and I love changing it up with different fruits and spices.  I eat a gluten free, steel cut version -- gluten free for obvious reasons, and steel cut for the texture.  It’s gooey, but there’s still a slight crunch to it and I totally dig it. I always make the actual oats with water and then add some almond/coconut milk right before serving.  I do this for the texture too.  I then add fruit, nuts, cinnamon, ginger or whatever I’m feeling like that morning.  That’s one of the great things about oatmeal.  It really takes on the flavor of whatever you’re mixing with it.

So, a couple of months ago, I finally bought the Deliciously Ella cookbook from my Amazon wishlist. It had been sitting there for a while.  Side note:  Does anyone else do that?  Add things to your Amazon wishlist to remember to buy them and then wait forever to actually buy them?  No?  Just me?  Ok.  I read through it like a normal book, like I always do with new cookbooks and I came across her Creamy Coconut Porridge recipe.  Porridge is the way prettier British way of saying oatmeal, in case you didn’t already know that.

It’s pretty easy to feel like you’ll never eat creamy food again when you don’t eat dairy and are trying a more plant-based diet, so I have to admit, I was a little skeptical.  I tried it anyway, and holy canoli is it freakin’ delicious.  Like way yummy.  You add the banana in with your oats so it cooks down to a sweet sauce that’s all mixed up in there.  You then add some almond butter and coconut oil at the end, and mix that all up in there.  Ooey, gooey, creamy goodness.  Like I said above, I cook my oats with just water, but she suggests throwing some coconut milk in there.  I’m sure that would make it taste even creamier, if that’s even possible.

That one recipe totally hooked me onto her book and the way she cooks.  Plus, it completely revolutionized the way I eat oatmeal.  I’m not even exaggerating.  It’s little things like this that make life feel a little more magical, a little more creative and way more delicious.

Where you can find Deliciously Ella:  Creamy Coconut Porridge // website // cookbook // Instagram

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Cinnamon Chocolate Gut-Healing Smoothie

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For the last six months or so I’ve been seeing a group of chiropractors/holistic doctors/energy healers/acupuncturists, in an effort to heal my body and nix some really awful, life-long health issues. 

A little back story: I’ve had seriously bad digestive issues all of my life, among other things, and I was diagnosed with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) when I was 16.  For all of you newbies to the world of digestive health, IBS is sort of like a catch-all diagnosis doctors give you when they test you for everything else and come up empty handed.  I moved to Florida last fall, so I was establishing new relationships with new doctors for a few months, until February when they pretty much washed their hands of it.  They told me I was going to have to live in pain for the rest of my life, that I need to eat more fiber (specifically Kelloggs’ fiber bars) and take more laxatives.  I’m sorry but that’s just not how I work.  I wanted a proactive solution, not some things that MIGHT work after I’m already in pain.  And Kelloggs’ fiber bars??? That’s your first suggestion???  For real??? No. Just no.  (For all of you that can eat Kelloggs’ fiber bars, props to you!  My body just doesn’t like bars like that.)

Anyway, so I spent months getting treated for the most basic of allergens through a process called NAET, where you hold the energy of a substance while your breathe and your doctor massages and adjusts your spine (for more info on this topic, check out their website here.  It’s far too much info to share for within a simple recipe post!). I only just recently started reintegrating foods and supplements to start truly healing all the seriously damaged parts of my digestive system.  Enter the supplement called RepairVite (K-60).  It’s a powder that you mix with water and drink.  Well, the taste just wasn’t doing it for me.  I literally plugged my nose and chugged it the first time I took it…you know…because that’s always the best way to support your digestive health.  :-P

Both my husband and my doctor suggested I throw it into a smoothie, so the next day I did.  I grabbed a bunch of ingredients, the first ones I could think of, blended them together and came up with the recipe below.  It turned out amazing that first time.  I was happily surprised and so satisfied.  Apparently, I’m a good smoothie maker!  Who knew?!? 

And so, I give you my Cinnamon Chocolate Gut-Healing Smoothie.  (I called it Cinnamon Chocolate, because you really don’t taste the almond butter or banana.)  Make this with or without the RepairVite (K-60) and your tummy will thank you regardless!


Cinnamon Chocolate Gut-Healing Smoothie
Ingredients

-1 banana, cut into 1” chunks
-3 Medjool dates, pitted & quartered
-1 scoop RepairVite (K-60)
-1 tbsp raw cacao powder
-1 tbsp cacao nibs (optional: extra for sprinkling on top)
-1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional: extra for sprinkling on top)
-1 tbsp almond butter
-1/2 cup coconut milk

Directions
1.  Put all ingredients into a blender.
2. Blend on desired speed until smooth.
3. Pour into a glass.
4. Optional: sprinkle cinnamon and cacao nibs on top.

I’m just getting into the world of smoothies, mostly because of this RepairVite supplement, so I’m a total newbie. If you have any tips, tricks and go-to recipes, let me know in the comments below.  Your advice would be so helpful!

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