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{Note from Jessica: Today’s post is shared by my lovely friend, Marjorie Saveski, author of the This is So Good website. Marjorie is a blogger and a home cook with a passion for real food, health, and fitness. She hopes to share what she has learned through her real life experience and research with her readers. Stop by her site, This is So Good, to find more delicious recipes and helpful health information.}

Fall is around the corner and with cooler weather comes a desire for warm, comforting beverages. Today's tutorial for making homemade Golden Milk is perfect for this time of year.

Golden Milk is made with turmeric and ginger, giving it a zingy warm flavor profile.  As an added benefit, these spices have anti-inflammatory properties which offer a nice boost to the immune system when cold and flu season approaches!

I've professed my love for turmeric in several of my previous posts, but I'll re-cap why this little root is so special.  Turmeric gets its lovely golden color from curcumin.  Curcumin helps boosts the immune system and strengthen your digestive system.  It can also support joint health and decrease inflammation or pain from acute orthopedic injuries.

One of the important things I found in my research on turmeric is the need to include both black pepper and healthy fats when consuming this powerful spice.

The bio-availability (or how readily absorbable something is) of curcumin is relatively low unless consumed along with piperine (the component of black pepper that makes it peppery!).  It doesn't take much, just a few peppercorns will provide the piperine needed to up the bio-availability!

Healthy fats can also improve the bio-availability and increase the ease of absorption of curcumin.  This recipe includes healthy fats from full-fat coconut milk and coconut oil or ghee.

Discover the health benefits of turmeric with this delicious drink and learn how to make Golden Milk at home! Several variations are included: traditional, iced, dairy-free, vegan, and Chai spiced. // deliciousobsessions.com

Today's recipe for Golden Milk can be enjoyed in several different ways.  I'll give you the instructions for the traditional recipe which is served warm.  You may prefer to chill the Golden Milk and serve it over ice for a nice warmer weather version.  I also love adding my Homemade Chai Spice to a cup of Golden Milk for another layer of sweet, spicy flavor!  This recipe can also be made with full-fat raw milk or can be made vegan by using coconut oil and maple syrup.  There are tons of options to personalize this recipe – have fun and see what you like best!

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How to Make Golden Milk (with three variations: traditional, iced, and chai spiced)
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 3 inch piece of fresh turmeric (peeled and thinly sliced) or 2 teaspoons dried turmeric powder
  • 1 inch knob of fresh ginger (peeled and thinly sliced) or 1 teaspoon dried ginger
  • 4-5 peppercorns
  • 2 teaspoons of ghee or coconut oil
  • 2 cups of full-fat coconut milk, almond milk, or raw milk
  • honey or maple syrup to taste
Instructions
  1. Place the turmeric, ginger, peppercorns, and ghee or coconut oil in a mortar and pestle. Mash into a paste.
  2. Place the coconut milk and the turmeric paste in a small sauce pan over medium heat.
  3. If you do not have a mortar and pestle, you can place the turmeric, ginger, ghee or coconut oil, and milk of your choosing in a blender and process until smooth. Then pour into a saucepan over medium heat.
  4. Bring the milk to a simmer, whisking to incorporate the paste.
  5. Simmer for 3 minutes.
  6. Turn off the heat and cover the saucepan. Let the Golden Milk steep for 5-10 minutes. If you do not want any bits of turmeric or ginger floating in your drink, feel free to strain them out with a fine mesh sieve. I never bother with this step.
  7. To make a frothy, latte-like golden milk, use an immersion blender to blend up the warmed milk.
  8. Add honey or maple syrup to taste and enjoy!
  9. For the iced version: Place the Golden milk in the refrigerator until completely chilled. Pour over ice and enjoy!
  10. For the Chai spiced version: Add a few pinches of Homemade Chai Spice Blend to the Golden Milk and whisk to combine.
Are you a big fan of turmeric?  Make sure to check out some of my other favorite recipes including this wonderful spice: Elderberry Gummies with Ginger and Turmeric, Turmeric Roasted Carrots, and a Golden Mango Smoothie!

Do you love Pinterest as much as I do?  Head over and check out our boards for more recipes like these!

Support Your Stress Response, Adrenals, Thyroid, and Whole Body Through Herbs

When it comes to supporting overall wellness, herbs are a great tool to have in your toolkit, especially those who may be dealing with chronic illness of some type. Since 2009, when I started this site, I have met thousands upon thousands of people through my work and by far, the #1 health complaints are:

Because of this, I wanted to add in a section into this post about the benefit of using herbs with chronic illness. Adaptogens are by far one of the most used herbs when it comes to working with people who have low energy, fatigue, and overall imbalance in the endocrine system (thyroid, adrenals, and blood sugar).

While the benefits of adaptogenic herbs extend far beyond just supporting that one system, this tends to be one of the main reasons people turn to adaptogenic herbs in the first place. That said there are a lot of other herbs out there that offer amazing support for the body, especially those dealing with chronic illness which is why I wanted to share this section today.

If you are dealing with any type of chronic illness, I'm sorry to break it to you, but caffeine may not be your best friend. 🙁 While you can find lots of info online in both the pro- and the anti-coffee camps, the fact of the matter comes down to the fact that are a lot of people dealing with chronic illness, especially thyroid and adrenal problems, that simply cannot tolerate coffee and caffeine.

While those with sluggish adrenal glands tend to feel run down and in need of a regular pick-me-up (like coffee and other caffeinated beverages), in the long run, caffeine can do more harm than good while you are healing. I go into the “whys” around caffeine and your adrenals in this detailed post here. In addition to the caffeine, there are other constituents, molds, and mycotoxins that can show up in coffee that some people find they react to and can further exacerbate the toxic load on the body.

When I was diagnosed with autoimmune disease and adrenal fatigue, one of the first things that had to go was coffee. In addition to dealing with these issues, we suspected that I was having some detox pathway sluggishness so we wanted to also focus on supporting the liver and lymph systems. Most people who are dealing with chronic illness are also going to have issues with detoxification of the body, which is why herbs can play such an important role. 

To be honest, I never drank coffee because of the caffeine. I drank coffee for the taste and aroma, as well as the emotional experience I felt to my morning cup of joe. For me, it was a ritual that I looked forward to every day (and sometimes multiple times a day). Whether I was brewing it at home or going to my local coffee shops, the experience was one that I clung to tightly.

But, when I was faced with new health struggles, I knew I had to do whatever I could to support my body and give it the tools it needed to heal. Giving up coffee and caffeine was one step in this direction.

And it sucked.

I turned to the coffee substitutes on the market in a desperate attempt to recreate the ritual I had grown so fond of, but nothing ever tasted the way I wanted it to. Nothing ever gave me that same experience that my cup of “real” coffee did. I knew there had to be something better, but I simply could not find it on my health food store's shelves.

Necessity is the mother of invention so that is why I created my own coffee substitutes. They were made with organic, sustainably harvested herbs with zero grains, zero gluten, and zero caffeine. Just herbs.

Herbs that not only tasted delicious but supported my body's function, like liver detox, bile production, digestion, etc. All of the herbs used in my “coffee” blends have been used for thousands of years to support the body's normal functions and help everything work a little better — something we all need in today's toxic world! (psst, dandelion is one of the herbs!)

When it came to creating these blends, if I could get something to not only tasted amazing (and helped me recreate my dearly loved ritual), but also did amazingly supportive things for my body, then it's a no brainer!

I sold these pre-made blends on Etsy for awhile and the demand was more than I could keep up with. People literally LOVED these blends and were stunned at how much like coffee they actually tasted. Customers who had been dealing with a variety of chronic illnesses had given up coffee to heal their bodies, but like me were deeply missing their morning cup of joe ritual.

After careful consideration and work with some highly experienced advisors, I decided to stop selling the pre-made blends and instead share my proprietary recipes in the form of an eBook. That way I could arm people with the knowledge and recipes they needed to make their own caffeine-free, gluten-free, grain-free blends in the comfort of their own home. 

That is why I created the best-selling DIY Herbal Coffees eBook: A Complete Guide To Making Delicious Herbal Coffees to Support Healing & Stress Relief.

Now in its second edition, this ebook features:

  • All of my proprietary herbal blend recipes to you can craft a homemade herbal cup of “coffee” at home.
  • A ton of researched information about coffee's impact on the health of those dealing with issues like adrenal fatigue, blood sugar dysregulation, autoimmune disease, thyroid disease, and any other chronic illness.
  • Information about all of the herbs used, why I selected them, how to source them, how to prepare and store you “coffees”, and much more.
  • Access to your own personal coffee shop where I show you how to recreate your favorite coffee shop drinks and pastries with wholesome, nourishing real food ingredients. No junk here. Only real food.

This book truly is a comprehensive guide to supporting your health, reducing your stress, and bringing a little something special back into your healing journey. You can learn more and download your own copy of this revolutionary wellness guide here, or simply click on the image below.

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