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Golden Milk Magic

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It's chilly outside and a great time to warm up with a time tested favorite healthy drink, Golden Milk.

Golden Milk is a delicious Ayurvedic blend of roots and spices chalk full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that has been used to treat joint pain, breathing problems, fatigue, digestive issues and more.

This blend is known to be highly anti-inflammatory, helps with digestion, can help regulate insulin levels, has some anti-microbial properties, and research shows that the curcumin in golden milk help boost memory by building synapses via boosted BDNF (brain derived neurotrophic factors). Other studies even show turmeric to have powerful anticancer effects.

It’s easy to make single batches by adding fresh ingredients into a saucepan or as a paste made from the ingredients that can be added to the milk or plant based option of your choice. Some people go a more savory route and add the ingredients to bone broth.

Here are the ingredients:

  • Fresh or powdered turmeric

  • Fresh or powdered ginger

  • Black pepper

  • Cinnamon

  • Cayenne (if you like a kick)

  • Cardamom (optional)

  • Honey or Maple Syrup (for a sweeter option)

Each person has their own preferences on strength, but a good place to start is:

  • 1 1/2 tsp ground turmeric

  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger

  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil (not needed if using full fat milk or coconut milk)

  • 1 pinch ground black pepper

  • 2 cups milk of choice

Give it a try and enjoy cozying up with a warm cup at night to unwind and help restore your system.

Vegan Cooking Recipe

vegan chocolate mousse

Ever get stressed when you know your vegan (or egg and dairy free) family member, friend, etc is coming over for dinner and dessert or wonder how to cut out a LOT of calories from one of the classics-chocolate mousse? Make it vegan and you'll cut out the worry and less than half of the calories from cutting out all of that milk fat! I've tested this recipe out on the most pro-animal product individuals I know, including some southern bred-Texans and not one person was able to guess it was a vegan recipe. 
  
Ingredients:
     1 Package Silken (Or Soft) Tofu
    1.5 cups Dark (or your choice) Chocolate Chips
    1/2-1 cup Almond Milk (Or that of your choice)
    1-2 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
    1-2 Tbsp Almond Extract (Kahlua? Amaretto?)

Mixing Instructions:
    1 - Drain the tofu and place in blender
    2- Melt chocolate chips with a double boiler and add almond milk until smooth and    
        runny
    3- Pour chocolate concoction into the blender
    4- Add extracts to taste
    5- Blend and Aerate until silky smooth
    6- Refrigerate until set - either in the blender or in desired serving dishes; 1-3 hours
    7- Serve and enjoy!

Serving suggestions: 
    1 - Add some of your favorite fresh fruit and/or a sprig of mint for garnish!
    2 - For a bigger group, double the recipe!
    3 - Before refrigerating pour into your favorite crust (nut and coconut crusts are
         delicious to make this gluten free!)
    4 - Layer with fruit or cake for a parfait - gorgeous and delicious!
 


If you're still a little unsure, in the words of Dale Carnegie, "Take a chance! All life is a chance.  The man who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare." Enjoy take a leap into the world of vegan cooking and enjoy the decadence!