To Brew / Winter Glow Tonic

 
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     Hi there! I don't know about you, but I've been having to adjust my skincare and water intake, to make up for the crazy dry winter we are enduring. Missouri always seems to be humid, but this winter, it has flipped the switch! In turn, my skin has been about the driest I can ever remember! I've added a facial oil, started drinking even more water than I already was (which is a lot), and now - this winter glow tonic. So far, so good! 

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      I've been able to re-balance, thanks to the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric. I posted a golden milk drink awhile back, and this is a riff on that - but this one is more catered to this particularly challenging season. My best friend Cat got me a trio of herbal supplement powders, which you can add to warm or cold drinks, and I'm loving all of them! For a warming winter drink, I've turned to the Golden Turmeric. It includes turmeric (obvs), ginger, cardamom, black pepper, and pink salt. So simple! The ginger is the real kicker though, as it boosts your immune system. I think we could all use some of that this time of year!

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      This tonic is my favorite thing for an afternoon pick-me-up, and I wanted to share how I make it today! Ya know, just in case anyone else needs a little something to perk up their dark winter days. Get the how-to below!

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Ingredients:

- 1 cup of cashew milk (or any kind of milk you like!)

- 1 tsp. of golden turmeric blend (you can also use just straight up turmeric, up to you!)

- 1 tbs. of honey

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Directions:

1. Heat your milk until warmed through, then stir in your turmeric and whisk in your honey. Enjoy!

     Thanks for reading, and have a fun Tuesday! I'll see you back here on Thursday with a review of my new favorite cookbook!

To Make / Iced Matcha Lattes

 

     Hi there! I'm doing the Whole 30 this month, and am on the biggest health kick of my life. I'm not sure why, but it just clicked one day that I want to nourish my body, and not just keep it running but enrich it with all of the good things, and not as much of the bad. Don't get me wrong, I'm a cheese + chocolate lover (one of my nicknames growing up was Mouse), but it's just time for a reset. After the Whole 30, I know that I'll love and appreciate those small indulgences even more, keeping them special and not just for everyday consumption.

    On that note, I've been trying out new things that have major health benefits, which brings us to matcha! Matcha is a powdered green tea that is essential for keeping a healthy metabolism, is full of antioxidants and vitamins, and enhances your mind and concentration. I've been a believer in green tea for awhile, but the powdered version has more flavor and pairs better with almond milk to make a yummy (unsweetened) latte! Get the recipe below!

Ingredients:

- 1 tsp. of matcha

- 1 cup of water

- 1 cup of almond milk

- glass of ice (because it's summmmmer!)

*Note: if you aren't on the Whole 30 and want your latte to be a little sweeter, I highly recommend adding a little honey!

Directions:

1. Boil your water, and add your tsp. of matcha to a shallow bowl. Pour your hot water over the tea and whisk until the tea dissolves. 

2. Chill the tea in the fridge for 15 minutes. (This is only for iced versions, if you want to make a hot version, just add your milk, stir, and enjoy!)

3. Assemble your latte by first pouring your milk over your ice. 

4. Add in your tea. 

5. Stir and enjoy!

To Brew / Iced Hibiscus Tea Latte

 
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     Hi there! I'm officially on the cold brew train this spring, and while I have already made my favorite cold brew coffee, I also wanted to try cold brewing tea! I picked a yummy hibiscus flavor, and got to (super easy) work. Get the recipe below!

Ingredients:

- one large hibiscus tea bag

- 3-4 cups of water

- 1 tbs. of honey

- ice

- almond milk

Directions:

1. Brew the tea topped with the water overnight in the fridge. Pour over ice, then add your honey.

2. Stir, then pour in your milk!

3. Stir again!

4. Add your favorite straw and enjoy!

For a Latte

 

     Hi there! A chilly day like today calls for a latte, and I've got a new flavoring to try: Salted Nutella! It's so so good, and I got to try making homemade nutella, which is delicious. Check out the recipe below!

Ingredients:

- coffee

- almond milk

- Nutella

- sea salt

Directions:

1. In a small pot, boil almond milk, then whisk in salt and Nutella.

2. Pour mixture into a cup of coffee and stir.

3. Froth in a blender, and serve hot. Enjoy!

To Try Golden Milk

 

     Good morning! Today, I'm sharing a new discovery of mine that is super healthy and nutritious, but also tastes good. It's turmeric! Turmeric is found in Asia, and has been in use for thousands of years, mostly for dye and for its medicinal benefits. Let that mention of dye be a warning. Anything turmeric + liquid touches, it stains, and while the gorgeous Goldenrod color is pretty, most wouldn't want their napkins and shirts splotched with it. You don't have to worry about your mugs or spoons, just any cloth material. Don't get too messy, and you'll be fine!

     Back to the turmeric, I decided to give it a try because I can always benefit from anything anti-inflammatory, and lattes are never bad, so this recipe sounded perfect. Turmeric is available at most grocery stores in the spice aisle, so go pick some up and make this delicious drink!

Recipe: yields one Golden Milk latte

- 1 tbsp. of turmeric

- 1 cup of almond milk

- 1 tbsp. of honey

- 1 tsp. of cinnamon

- a pinch of sea salt

Directions:

Step one - Boil your almond milk over medium heat until bubbling, then whisk in your honey, turmeric, cinnamon, and salt.

Step two - Pour your drink into your favorite mug and serve with something complementary to the cinnamon flavors, like pumpkin spice waffles! Bailey sure loved those. Enjoy!