Warm Almond Milk with Spices and Turmeric
As the leaves fall, the nights get frosty and the first flurries of the season come, the call to the warm and cozy is loud. By switching up our beverage of choice to a more warming and spicy blend, not only do we nourish our spirit and that cozy craving, we’re also starting to build the heat (or yang energy) so needed to balance out the cold of the winter months. This warm spicy almond drink is super easy to make and smells divine when simmering which adds to that cozy factor. Learn a bit more about what the medicinal properties are in this magic cup o goodness at the bottom of the recipe. Yum!
1⁄4 tsp turmeric or fresh root (1/2inch piece sliced)
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
1 (1/2inch) piece fresh ginger, minced
4-5 pieces cinnamon twig (gui zhi) or 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
1.5 cups almond milk (Make own by soaking almonds overnight then blending with water and straining out pieces)
Honey to taste
Combine all ingredients in pot and simmer for 8-10 minutes. Add honey to taste if desired
The medicine in your cup:
Ginger – warms our digestive system and is great at transforming thin mucus conditions. The fresh ginger is great for the early onset of a cold that fills you with chills and a runny nose (avoid if you’ve got the nasty sore throat though!)
Cardamom – Is great at transforms what we term damp conditions (heavy headed, bloated or swollen joints. It’s also great at warming your digestive fire and good for moving your energy (you know that heavy cold bloated feeling)
Cinnamon is super warming and so good to help you warm up. Cinnamon bark is great for blood circulation and for those achy chills, cinnamon is great for releasing that muscle ache!
Turmeric – Oh the love I have for turmeric! Not only is it great for circulation and breaking up accumulations in the body (think arthritis and cancer!) but it’s also a great detoxifier and wonderful for anyone with a damp congested blocked feeling.