Golden Milk

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Photo By: Elea Di Lorenzo

Golden Milk is one of my favourite night time rituals that I came across in a desperate search for a natural remedy to deal with my lower back pain.  I have tweaked a variety of recipes before arriving at a recipe that pleases my pallet and my body 😉  Below you will find my version of Golden Milk.  I prefer to make a big batch of Golden Milk Paste that I can then store in my fridge and use at will.

You may be asking, “Ok, so what is this Golden Milk?” Well, it is an ayurvedic drink recommended by practitioners to drink at least 60 minutes before bed. Ayurveda and Unani systems of medicines in India have used turmeric in health and wellness for as long as records of it have existed. The main ingredient of golden milk is turmeric, which is known for its antioxidant, anti-cancer, and anti-inflammatory properties now, but traditionally, turmeric milk/golden milk was used for colds, congestion, headaches, and sore throats.

Some of you that had the opportunity of coming to the Candle Lit Nighttime Workshop received a glass of my homemade Golden Milk and have since been asking for the recipe.  It is my  pleasure to finally share it here with you.

May it help to bring balance and wellness to you all.

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Golden Milk

Preparation time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 0 minutes Paste Serves: 20

Golden Paste

  • 125 ml water
  • 4 T(cs) curcuma/tumeric
  • ½ tsp(cc) black pepper
  • ¼ tsp(cc) cardamom

Golden Milk (for 1 cup)

  • 1 tsp(cc) coconut oil
  • ¼ tsp(cc) golden paste
  • 250 ml almond milk
  • 1 T(cs) honey or agave

Directions

 

  • Mix all the ingredients for the golden paste together in a sauce pan with a spatula and heat over medium heat stirring constantly until it forms a paste.  
  • Place the paste into small glass jar. Allow to cool before sealing and storing in the fridge.
  • To make the golden milk warm the almond milk in a pot over medium heat with the honey, coconut oil, and golden paste until warm and all ingredients are well incorporated.
  • You can add more or less honey to your tasting pleasure.  
  • I prefer to drink it hot, but is also very pleasant cold.

 

 

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3 amazing juice recipes!

 

Thank you to all that came to the Detox Workshop yesterday! I hope you enjoyed it just as much as I did.

Here are the juice recipes if you want to continue on detoxing or if you just want to enjoy a nice healthy fresh juice.

Chia Breakfast Sunshine Drink  (2-3 juices)

1 Ruby Red Grapefruit

2 Carrots

200g  H2O

7ml Lemon Juice

25g Chia Seeds

Afternoon Beet, Plum, Orange and Ginger Snack   (2-3 juices)

1/4 of a Beet Root

1 Plum

1 Red Apple

2 Oranges

1 Thumb of Ginger

Autumn Green Dinner  (2-3 juices)

1 Pear

1 Cucumber

1 Leaf of Kale

15ml Lemon Juice

1/2 Avocado

1/4 of a bunch of parsley

 

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I also wanted to include some more information of why we are juicing.

Juicers + equipment type

Juicers (juicing machines) extract juice from fresh fruits and vegetables in one of two ways: by chopping and spinning the produce at a high rate of speed (centrifugal juicers), or by grinding the produce, pushing the juice through a grate at a slower rate of speed, separating out the juice pulp (masticating juicers). Masticating juicers tend to be more efficient and better at extracting juice from leafy vegetables such as kale and spinach.

It doesn’t really matter which type of juicer you choose, since both provide you with nutrient-rich juice. That said, juice from a centrifugal juicer should be consumed immediately because the nutrient content breaks down more quickly, while juice from a masticating juicer can be stored for up to a day.

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Easy to digest

Juices are quickly and easily digested. When you juice, the fibrous content of the fruits and vegetables is stripped away, leaving just the water and nutrient content that’s found in the flesh of the fruit. Fresh juices deliver vitamin and mineral content quickly and efficiently.

You can also pack a lot of fruits and veggies into a single juice as the fiber is removed from the produce you use; a single glass of juice actually requires about one to two pounds of produce. That gives you a lot of room to mix-and-match fruits and veggies to maximize your nutrient intake.

Calorie control

Juices are calorie-controlled, since fresh juices are made only of fruits and vegetables, the calorie content is fairly well controlled. You won’t be adding “fillers” such as milk or yogurt to the recipe to add flavor or smoothness like you do with smoothies.

Vitamin absorption

Some vitamins are more easily absorbed as juice, such as vitamin C and the Bs, while others, like vitamin A, E, K are best taken through the full digestion process. And some vegetables, such as tomatoes, actually provide more nutritional value when cooked. Taking that into account, the best fruit and vegetables that will maximize nutrition are: leafy greens (spinach, collard greens, swiss chard, kale, mustard greens), kiwi, papaya, grapefruit, red bell peppers, broccoli, strawberries, oranges, asparagus, garlic, parsley, blood-pressure-lowering beets (combine with carrot or apple to enhance taste), inflammation-fighter ginger root, potassium-packed cucumbers, and antibacterial lemons.

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Plus, since juicing removes the indigestible fiber, these nutrients are available to the body in much larger quantities than if the piece of fruit or vegetable was eaten whole. For example, because many of the nutrients are trapped in the fiber, when you eat a raw carrot, you are only able to assimilate about 1% of the available beta carotene. When a carrot is juiced, removing the fiber, nearly 100% of the beta carotene can be assimilated.

Aiding and protecting the body

Juicing can aid in the digestive process and give it a little break, because it takes less energy to digest the produce as a liquid than as solid foods, which can take many hours after consumption to deliver optimal nourishment to the body.

It can also help in raising the pH balance in our bodies, and in turn, help protect us from conditions related to acidic imbalances, including heart and kidney disease, osteoporosis, and diabetes.

I hope this was helpful information.

Enjoy your detox, relax and allow your body to cleanse 🙂

X om

 

Detox Juices – Recipes

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Thank you to all that came to the Detox Workshop today! I hope you enjoyed it just as much as I did.

Here are the juice recipes if you want to continue on detoxing or if you just want to enjoy a nice healthy fresh juice.

Chia Breakfast Sunshine Drink  (2-3 juices)

1 Ruby Red Grapefruit

2 Carrots

200g  H2O

7ml Lemon Juice

25g Chia Seeds

 

Afternoon Beet, Plum, Orange and Ginger Snack   (2-3 juices)

1/4 of a Beet Root

1 Plum

1 Red Apple

2 Oranges

1 Thumb of Ginger

 

Autumn Green Dinner  (2-3 juices)

1 Pear

1 Cucumber

1 Leaf of Kale

15ml Lemon Juice

1/2 Avocado

1/4 of a bunch of parsley

 

Birch Tree Juice/Jus de Bouleau (1 juice)

15ml of Birch Tree Jus (Juice)

15ml Lemon Juice

250ml H2O

 

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I also wanted to include some more information of why we are juicing. I did not have enough time to explain this to you in the workshop.

Juicers + equiptment type

Juicers (juicing machines) extract juice from fresh fruits and vegetables in one of two ways: by chopping and spinning the produce at a high rate of speed (centrifugal juicers), or by grinding the produce, pushing the juice through a grate at a slower rate of speed, separating out the juice pulp (masticating juicers). Masticating juicers tend to be more efficient and better at extracting juice from leafy vegetables such as kale and spinach.

It doesn’t really matter which type of juicer you choose, since both provide you with nutrient-rich juice. That said, juice from a centrifugal juicer should be consumed immediately because the nutrient content breaks down more quickly, while juice from a masticating juicer can be stored for up to a day.

smoothie-456814_1920

Easy to digest

Juices are quickly and easily digested. When you juice, the fibrous content of the fruits and vegetables is stripped away, leaving just the water and nutrient content that’s found in the flesh of the fruit. Fresh juices deliver vitamin and mineral content quickly and efficiently.

You can also pack a lot of fruits and veggies into a single juice as the fiber is removed from the produce you use; a single glass of juice actually requires about one to two pounds of produce. That gives you a lot of room to mix-and-match fruits and veggies to maximize your nutrient intake.

Calorie control

Juices are calorie-controlled, since fresh juices are made only of fruits and vegetables, the calorie content is fairly well controlled. You won’t be adding “fillers” such as milk or yogurt to the recipe to add flavor or smoothness like you do with smoothies.

Vitamin absorption

Some vitamins are more easily absorbed as juice, such as vitamin C and the Bs, while others, like vitamin A, E, K are best taken through the full digestion process. And some vegetables, such as tomatoes, actually provide more nutritional value when cooked. Taking that into account, the best fruit and vegetables that will maximize nutrition are: leafy greens (spinach, collard greens, swiss chard, kale, mustard greens), kiwi, papaya, grapefruit, red bell peppers, broccoli, strawberries, oranges, asparagus, garlic, parsley, blood-pressure-lowering beets (combine with carrot or apple to enhance taste), inflammation-fighter ginger root, potassium-packed cucumbers, and antibacterial lemons.

smoothie-412163_1920

Plus, since juicing removes the indigestible fiber, these nutrients are available to the body in much larger quantities than if the piece of fruit or vegetable was eaten whole. For example, because many of the nutrients are trapped in the fiber, when you eat a raw carrot, you are only able to assimilate about 1% of the available beta carotene. When a carrot is juiced, removing the fiber, nearly 100% of the beta carotene can be assimilated.

Aiding and protecting the body

Juicing can aid in the digestive process and give it a little break, because it takes less energy to digest the produce as a liquid than as solid foods, which can take many hours after consumption to deliver optimal nourishment to the body.

It can also help in raising the pH balance in our bodies, and in turn, help protect us from conditions related to acidic imbalances, including heart and kidney disease, osteoporosis, and diabetes.

I hope this was helpful information.

Enjoy your detox, relax and allow your body to cleanse 🙂

X om