Dairy-free, Gluten free, Good.Mood.Food, Recipes, Vegan

Turmeric latte

For those of you wanting a hug in a mug but looking to ditch the caffeine (and I’d urge you to give it a go if you’re under stress – it may seem like it peps us up and keeps us going, but stress has a cumulative effect regardless of where it comes from, so it’s really just adding more stress impacting sleep and immunity) this is a recipe for YOU!

Ingredients:
• 1 cup (250 mls) dairy-free milk ie. almond, rice or oat based
• 1 tsp fresh grated turmeric root
• 1 tsp fresh grated ginger
• Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
• Pinch cinnamon
• 1 tsp coconut oil
• 1/2 tsp honey (optional)

Method: Blitz all ingredients bar the honey in a blender before heating, then heat gently in a pan on a low-medium heat until just hot enough (but not boiling). Taste and add honey if desired. Pour into your favourite mug and enjoy.
*If you don’t have a blender, or there are still “bits” in the finished drink, simply strain through a sieve before drinking.

Good.Mood.Food, Recipes, Uncategorized, Vegan

Matcha Latte

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For the next instalment of my Good.Mood.Food series, I wanted to share with you the amazing benefits of green tea. Many people that are trying to “be healthier” ditch the caffeinated drinks and green tea tends to fall into this category for them, but the caffeine in green tea is gentler than in coffee – there’s not only a lower quantity of it, but it’s also buffered by the presence of an amino acid called L-theanine. I find L-theanine to be such a powerful nutrient for me personally – it supports neurotransmitters in the body, supporting the brain by producing an anti-anxiety effect. My morning green tea is therefore a non-negotiable for me, and my kids know that so I get my 5 mins peace to help me start my day on an even keel with love and patience.

But once in a while I switch up the tea bag for this lovely treat – a matcha latte. I used to always only have them when I could buy them out, but they’re remarkably easy to make – why not give it a go?

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (250 mls) dairy-free milk ie, almond, rice or oat
  • 1 tsp matcha green tea powder
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • Pinch cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp vanilla bean paste
  • ½ tsp honey (optional)

Method:

Heat all ingredients gently in a pan at a low heat and ensure it does not reach boiling point. Either blitz in a Nutri bullet-style blender to froth, or whisk with a hand whisk for that authentic frothy “latte” feel.

I hope you enjoy that, and that it helps you to feel great. For more feel-good recipes, why not have a look at my Good.Mood.Food post?