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Turmeric Latte Recipe

February 6, 2018

Taken from Dr Axe 



Total Time: 10 Minutes 

Serves: 2 

Diet Type: Gluten Free, Gut Friendly, Paleo, Vegetarian 


2-2½ cups unsweetened almond milk or full-fat canned coconut milk 

1 tablespoon turmeric 

1 tablespoon coconut oil or ghee 

½ teaspoon vanilla 

½ teaspoon powdered ashwagandha 

⅛-¼ teaspoon cinnamon 

⅛-¼ teaspoon black pepper 

⅛-¼ teaspoon ginger root powder 

1–1½ teaspoons maple syrup (optional*) 


In a medium pot over medium heat, add nut milk, turmeric, coconut oil or ghee. 

Stir until mixture is hot and ingredients are well combined. 

Add mixture to a high-powered blender and the remaining ingredients. 

Blend on high until mixed well. 

Serve topped with cinnamon. 

Are you looking for a way to incorporate the many health benefits of turmeric into your daily life? If so, I have just the beverage for you. It’s a turmeric latte, often lovingly called “golden milk.” 

But wait, could anything with “latte” in the title actually be healthy? In this case, it’s a definite “yes!”  The benefits of turmeric range from improving heart health to discouraging cancer. Turmeric also provides significant anti-inflammatory effects that can benefit such a wide variety of health concerns since inflammation is at the root of most diseases. 

A turmeric latte or turmeric milk always requires two essential ingredients: turmeric and some type of milk. You’re probably wondering what other ingredients go into this healthy elixir. Well, I’m basically taking my Turmeric Tea Recipe to new heights with even more health-boosting ingredients like cordyceps, reishi and ashwagandha. 

Compared to turmeric tea, this turmeric latte is going to have a richer, fuller flavor profile thanks to the use of almond milk or full-fat coconut milk and zero water. 


The Power of Turmeric in a Hot Drink 

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a relative of ginger and an absolute powerhouse when it comes to health. Turmeric contains a potent antioxidant called curcumin. Not only does curcumin give turmeric (and a turmeric latte) its bright color, it’s also one of the reasons why turmeric is such a healthy spice. 

By consuming a turmeric latte on a regular basis, you can reap the many health benefits of turmeric. According to scientific research, turmeric may help the following health concerns:  

Bacterial infections 

Cancer (including breast, colon, prostate and skin cancer) 

Eye inflammation (such as uveitis) 

Heart disease 


Neurodegenerative conditions (including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis) 


Stomach ulcers 

Ulcerative colitis 

Viral infections 

I love that golden milk not only makes it easy to incorporate turmeric into your diet regularly, it’s also such a tasty hot beverage.  You can have a turmeric latte in between meals as a snack, or you can have it as a post-dinner dessert. The great thing about this latte recipe is that you don’t only get the benefits of turmeric since every other ingredient in this recipe has beneficial health properties as well. 


How to Make a Turmeric Latte 

I’m happy to say that making a turmeric latte does not require any barista training. It is truly a simple recipe that results in a deliciously flavored and seriously satisfying hot beverage. This is a latte that you can enjoy any time of day since it’s completely caffeine-free. It’s also dairy-free thanks to the use of nut milk rather than cow’s milk. Personally, I really love having it at night when I’m winding down. 

In a medium pot over medium heat, add your nut milk of choice, turmeric powder, and coconut oil or ghee. 

Stir until mixture is hot and ingredients are well combined. Put the warm mixture into a high-powered blender, then add in the remaining ingredients. 

Blend on high until all ingredients are mixed well. Then, pour the blended mixture into mugs. Serve topped with powdered cinnamon. 

The Creamiest Vegan Coconut & Chickpea Soup

February 14, 2018

The Creamiest Vegan Coconut & Chickpea Soup

Nothing quite says comfort like a bowl full of soup. This easy-to-serve, slow cooker meal is the perfect recipe to whip up any day of the week.


This hearty vegan soup is packed with flavour and texture. I prefer to use full-fat coconut milk because it is richer and makes the soup luscious, but use low-fat if you prefer. This dish freezes and keeps well, but add the spinach and garam masala when serving, not before.

Chickpea Vegan Soup

Creamy Coconut Chickpea Vegan Soup

Servings Prep Time Cook Time

6servings 10minutes 4 1/2hours


1/2 cup dry red lentils

540 mL chickpeas drained, rinsed

2 each carrots finely chopped

1 tbsp curry powder

1 1/2 tsp ground coriander

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

2 cups water

400 mL coconut milk

2 cups baby spinach

1 pinch garam masala (optional)





Course Brunch, Dinner, Lunch

Cuisine Appetizers, Side Dishes, Soup, Vegetarian


In a small bowl or measuring cup, cover lentils with cold water by at least 1 inch (2.5 cm). Rinse lentils and drain water, then add lentils to slow cooker. Add chickpeas, carrots, curry powder, coriander, ginger, salt, cayenne pepper and water. Stir well and pat into an even layer. Cover and cook on low heat for 4 hours.

Uncover and stir well (the lentils should be smooth and dissolved). Stir in coconut milk and spinach. Cover and cook on low heat for 15 to 30 minutes or until spinach wilts. Serve sprinkled with garam masala (if desired).

Recipe Notes

Nutrients per serving: 412 calories, 19 g protein, 15 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 53 g carbs (7 g fibre), 0 mg cholesterol, 492 mg sodium

How to Make Honey Remedies to Help You Fall Asleep Naturally

March 15, 2018

Article taken from Healthy Holistic Living

Honey remedies have been used as a popular way to induce sleep for thousands of years.

An ancient Chinese saying calls for “eating honey every night,” and European folk healers have recommended drinking a cup of warm milk with a teaspoon of honey before bedtime since the Middle Ages.

Another old-fashioned honey and sleep remedy is to take two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with two teaspoons of honey in a glass of warm water before bedtime, while traditional Mexican healers have long prescribed a teaspoon of raw honey in a cup of warm te de manzanilla, or chamomile tea. Variations that are said to induce sleep include a teaspoon of honey in a cup of hot water, a teaspoon of honey in a cup of passionflower tea, or simply a smear of honey on a peanut butter sandwich before bedtime.

Honey and Sleep (The HYMN Cycle)

Scottish pharmacist, researcher, and author Mike McInnis believes that honey remedies improve and lengthen restorative sleep by at least three mechanisms. When taken before bedtime, he teaches that honey: (1)

• Ensures adequate liver glycogen stores for eight hours of sleep (this prevents or limits the early morning release of two stress hormones, cortisol and adrenaline).

• Stabilizes blood sugar levels.

• Contributes to the release of melatonin, the hormone required for both the recovery and rebuilding of body tissues during rest.

The mechanism for this process can be described by what McInnes calls the honey-insulin-melatonin cycle or HYMN cycle. This cycle begins with the ingestion of one to two tablespoons of honey in the hour prior to bedtime, as follows:

1. The glucose moiety (portion) of honey passes from the gut, through the liver circulation and into the general circulation producing a mild glucose spike.

2. The mild elevation in blood sugar (from glucose) prompts a controlled release of insulin from the pancreas.

3. The presence of insulin in the general circulation drives tryptophan into the brain.

4. Tryptophan is converted to serotonin, a key hormone that promotes relaxation.

5. In darkness, serotonin is converted to melatonin in the pineal gland.

6. Melatonin activates sleep by reducing body temperature and other mechanisms. It also inhibits the release of more insulin from the pancreas, thus preventing a rapid drop in blood sugar level.

7. Melatonin promotes the release of growth hormone. Growth hormone is the hormone governing all of recovery physiology. This is the first step in recovery or restorative physiology that occurs overnight.

8. A cascade of recovery hormones initiates the repair, maintenance and rebuilding of bone, muscle and other body tissues.

9. Melatonin impacts memory consolidation by its requirement for the formation of neural cell adhesion molecules during REM sleep. These molecules are necessary for the processing of short-term memory from the hippocampus into long-term memory in the brain cortex.

10. Simultaneously, the fructose moiety of honey carries out its critical role. The liver takes up fructose and converts it to glucose, and then to liver glycogen, thus providing the brain with a sustained supply of glucose for the night fast.

11. Additionally, fructose regulates glucose uptake into the liver by prompting the release of glucokinase from the hepatocyte nuclei. Thus, fructose ensures good liver glycogen supply overnight and prevents a major glucose/insulin spike as referred to in step 1.

12. An adequate liver glycogen supply means that stress hormones need not be released.

The possibility that honey remedies can be used as a safe, inexpensive and effective sleep aid is exciting. Further research is needed in this important field with carefully controlled and randomized human trials.

Honey Remedies for Insomnia

Honey and sleep go hand in hand. Here are some additional recipes:

• Add 1 teaspoon of honey to one cup of warm chamomile, orange blossom, lemon balm or linden flower tea. Drink before bedtime.

• Add 2 teaspoon of honey to one cup of warm milk. Drink before bedtime.

• Prepare one-half glass of orange juice diluted with an equal amount of lukewarm water. Add 2 teaspoons of honey, and drink just before bedtime.

• Add 1 teaspoon of honey to a cup of warm peppermint tea. A clove can be added if desired.

• Combine 2 ounces of honey with 5 drops of lavender oil. Add 1 or 2 tablespoons of this mixture to a warm tub of water and enjoy a relaxing soak for 10 to 15 minutes

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How To Get Rid Of Excess Mucus & Phlegm 

January 15, 2018

Taken from The Hearty Soul


1 cup of pure maple syrup

250 ml (a little over one cup) of filtered water

1 organic lemon, sliced

1 tbsp. flax seed

1 tbsp. sage

1 tbsp. marshmallow root


In a small saucepan, combine maple syrup and water.

Place this mixture on a medium heat for about 10 minutes.

Add the remaining ingredients.

Lower the heat and keep on the stove for 15 minutes.

Store this syrup in the refrigerator. Take one tablespoon three times a day until you notice an improvement.


February 14, 2018

1 tbsp unpasteurized honey

2 tbsp Apple cider vinegar

1 ounce fresh blueberry juice

Juice from half a lemon

3/4 inch of peeled pureed fresh ginger root

10 oz hot water

Combine all ingredients in large mug and enjoy

Wholesome Tomato Soup 

(anti-inflammatory, & Vit C rich)

March 15, 2018

6 – 8 pints of organic cherry tomatoes

24ozs water 3 organic veggie cubes

3 tbsp. organic provincial herb blend

3 tbsp. finely minced organic garlic

5 tbsp. organic turmeric (natural anti-inflammatory)

2 tbsp. freshly ground black pepper

1 tsp. pepper corns ½ tsp. pink Himalayan rock salt finely ground

¼ tsp. Kosher salt

1.5 tbsp. finely ground Cayenne Pepper (optional) (natural anti-inflammatory and pain relief)

1.5 tbsp. finely ground Chipotle Pepper (optional)

Combine above ingredients in large soup pot or slow cooker. Bring to a boil then simmer for 20 minutes. Allow to cool and blend in vita-mix or blender until smooth. Place back into pot or slow cooker and add the following …

1.5 cups finely chopped celery

½ large organic sweet onion minced (I use the extra fine side on my hand grater) 1.5 cups finely chopped organic sweet mixed peppers.

At this point you can add other organic vegetables as well. Continue to simmer until added veggies are at desired tenderness and serve as soup, over noodles or use as a base for spaghetti sauce.

Flavour will be an earthly blend.

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Fire Cider Brew

March 15, 2018

The Only Remedy You Need To Kick That Cold (Or Hangover) To The Curb

This fire cider brew is the perfect concoction to get you through the winter season. Take a shot daily and feel like the rockstar that you are!


1/2 cup garlic chopped

1/2 cup horseradish chopped

1/2 cup onions chopped

1/4 cup ginger root minced

2 tbsp cayenne pepper

3 cups apple cider vinegar


1. Combine garlic, horseradish, onions, ginger root and cayenne pepper in a 4-cup (1 L) Mason jar. Fill to the top with apple cider vinegar. (Make sure that the vinegar sits at least 3 inches above the herbs.)

2. Let sit for 2 or 3 weeks. Once ready, strain the herbs so that you’re left with infused apple cider vinegar.

Recipe Notes:

Serves 4

Nutrients per 1-oz serving: 11 calories, 0.1 g fat, 2 g carbohydrates (0.2 g fibre), 1.8 mg sodium, 0.2 g protein

Taken From Readers Digest - Best Health