Spiced Turmeric Milk

Turmeric is not just a spice it's actually a powerful medicine for your body. Many ancient Indian and Chinese medicines include turmeric. It's a great anti-inflammatory medicine and some even say it can prevent cancer. Do you need any more reasons to include it in your diet?

This recipe is inspired by Little Bird Organics. It's got a real spice hit which I love. If you are not used to strong spice, half the spice quantities first and then add more if needed. I used raw honey as my sweetener. You can use maple syrup, dates or another vegan sweetener if you're vegan. 3Tbs was the right balance for me, but you may want to adjust it to your palette. If you're new to the turmeric flavour, you may wish to add more sweetener. The recipe really isn't strict on quantities, so you can adjust it to your own taste.

Spiced Turmeric Milk
Makes 1 Litre
4 cups almond milk
4cm piece fresh turmeric (available at Indian and Asian supermarkets)
2cm piece fresh ginger
1/2 tsp ground turmeric powder
8 whole peppercorns
5 green cardamom pods
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground vanilla
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
pinch of Himalayan salt
3 Tbs raw honey, or to taste (use maple syrup/dates to make vegan)

Add all ingredients to your blender and blend. Rest the milk for 20 minutes or overnight so the flavour develops. Strain the milk using a strainer or nut milk bag before drinking. Store in the fridge for up to 4 days.

This is great served with ice, or warmed up for a winter drink. You can also use this to make chia pudding!

*If you don't have a blender, don't despair, you can still make this. Grate your ginger and turmeric and place it, along with the other ingredients into a pot and place on low heat. Once it comes up to a simmer remove from heat and let it cool. Allow mixture to rest overnight so the flavour can develop. You can then strain it and drink it the next morning. The flavour won't be as strong as the blender method, but it will still taste good, and it will still be good for you.



Tropical Green Smoothie

Pineapple, coconut and lime are the perfect tropical combo! I'm really loving the lime flavour at the moment. I keep thinking of other ways to use it. More on that later though.

This smoothie happened by complete accident! I had coconut cream, and a tin of pineapple in the cupboard. Hubby wanted a smoothie so I had to think out the box and make do with what I had. Funnily enough it turned out so great it's now a recipe in my smoothie collection.

This smoothie doesn't need any honey or maple, as the juice from the tinned pineapple is enough. The tang from the lime makes it not too sweet either. And of course the creaminess from the coconut is to die for! Give it a go, you'll love it!

Tropical Green Smoothie
Makes 2 servings
227g tin pineapple chunks in juice (I use Dole)
3 Tbs coconut cream (I love the Ayam brand)
1 big handful spinach
1 ripe banana
1/2 lime, juiced
1 Tbs oats
ice, optional

Simple place all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth.  Serve in a tall glass and top with some toasted coconut flake if you want to be fancy!