2.16.2015

Coconut Milk Turmeric Tea (Anti-Inflammatory and Pain-Killing Tea)

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This sweet, coconut milk-tea is filling and delicious, but it's packing a much bigger (and healthier) punch. 


Turmeric is the queen of spice, and it is known for its anti-inflammatory and pain-killing properties. I have been having some problems with my jaw lately, and after some research, I read that one of my best bets to add natural medicine (trust me, I'm already trying other things) was turmeric.

I read a few recipes for turmeric in hot water, turmeric in milk, etc. The hot water was a little bland and I didn't want to consume that much milk because I generally don't drink dairy. So, I spotted a can of coconut milk in my fridge that was waiting to be used in some chicken curry, and suddenly this recipe was born.


This tea is a warm and comforting drink in the morning or evening. If you have any issues with inflammation, arthritis, or pain, it may help alleviate some of those symptoms due to the turmeric. Additionally, because it contains ginger, it may help with stomach and digestion problems. Throw in that cinnamon and you're helping your body regulate your blood sugar.

Seems like a killer combo to me. Or... make that the opposite of killer (because it's so darn good for you).


Coconut Turmeric Tea
Ingredients:
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1/2 can of water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder or ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 dash of black pepper (optional - does not significantly alter the flavor and is said to increase your body's absorption of the turmeric)
  • 1 small piece of ginger or 1/4 tsp ginger powder
  • 1/2 tbsp stevia or 1 tbsp honey
Directions:
  1. Combine all ingredients in a vitamix or blender and mix until smooth (optional - if you skip this step, simply whisk ingredients together and follow the remaining directions, then strain like tea at the end to filter out any pieces)
     
  2. Pour into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer on very low heat for 20 minutes. You will need to watch this at the beginning, because it can foam up and overflow if you do not reduce the heat fast enough!
Notes: 
  1. If you use a blender, be sure to clean it immediately after use. Turmeric has a bright yellow/orange color which can coat your blender. If you do forget to clean it and end up with a bright highlighter blender, I am told by Diane that you can run dish soap and vinegar through it a few times to remove it.

2.09.2015

Easy Green Juice

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This week, I needed some vitamins and a little detox. I've been having some weird muscle inflammation around my jaw, so I am hoping some good old fashioned nutrients will solve the problem.

Fingers crossed.

Juicing has become one of my favorite rituals when I can tell my body is in need of some nutrients. It's definitely a process - rinse and wash the vegetables, put them through the juicer, can the juice, and wash the juicer (ugh. my least favorite part of anything ever). 

If you don't have a juicer, don't fret. You can make this in a high powered blender. Blend all of the ingredients together, using a tamper to push things down. Add a bit of water if you need to, but it will slightly dilute the flavor. Once you're done, either drink it as a smoothie (if you're doing it this way, be sure to remove the apple cores) or filter through cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer.




Easy Green Juice
Servings: 2
Ingredients:

  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 green apples
  • 2 handfulls kale
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 head romaine
  • 1 tbsp ginger
Directions:
  1. Rinse and juice all ingredients. If you are using a blender, blend well and then strain pulp.



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