Today we had a pleasure speaking with Rejan Magee, a holistic nutritionist who specializes in digestive and hormonal health. She shared her Golden Milk Latte recipe that helps to fight a depression and fills your body with good stuff, which is so important in postpartum stage. Enjoy your happy latte!
Some of you may think that this vibrant root is mainly reserved for culinary creations such as curries or stews, but I’ll have you know that I put turmeric in literally everything. Not only is it absolutely wonderful in SO MANY dishes, but you’ll also find me adding it to my smoothies, oatmeal, chia pudding, afternoon teas, and then of course – the real reason why you’re reading this post – my Golden Mylk Lattes.
So, why am I adding it to so many damn things? Being naturally anti-inflammatory, turmeric has been shown to have profound benefits for reducing inflammatory conditions in the body such as joint pain and arthritis, heart disease, digestive issues, and even skin irritations, just to name a few. Because inflammation is the root cause of so many chronic illnesses and diseases, it is imperative that we are constantly reducing our exposure to inflammatory agents and combating any inflammation we are experiencing with healing foods and herbs.
What I thought was the most interesting characteristic of turmeric was it’s ability to reverse detrimental brain changes, such as depression. Studies found that curcumin can boost serotonin and dopamine levels and positively impact brain-derived neurotrophic factor(BDNF). Moreover, if you are chronically stressed and seeing symptoms associated with that such as adrenal fatigue, behavioural changes, or as mentioned – depression – turmeric may be part of your solution.
So, how can you incorporate more turmeric into your diet? First of all, you can add it to just about any food you wish. Don’t be afraid to add this golden spice to your curries, stews, soups, salad dressings, juices, stir frys, oatmeal, chia puddings, granola, yogurt, or smoothies. And if that doesn’t tickle your fancy but you still want the benefits, you can always take a turmeric or specifically curcumin supplement, which you can find at any health food store, and they usually pair it with black pepper (or piperine) and/or healthy fats for optimal absorption.
Golden Mylk Latte
A perfect way to incorporate more of the medicinal herb, turmeric into your diet. This creamy, warming beverage is perfect to sip on at any time of the day!
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp cardamom
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp date sugar, coconut sugar, or 1 pitted date (more if you want it sweeter)
- 1 Tbsp coconut butter (manna)
- pinch of black pepper
- 1/2 cup coconut or other nut milk
- 1 cup boiling water
Add all ingredients to a blender, and blend on high for about a minute.
Pour, sip, and enjoy!
A word from Rejan: Hi, I’m Rejan! I’m a Holistic Nutritionist who grew up in beautiful Victoria, on Vancouver Island, and if the Island life has taught me anything, it’s the pleasure of preparing and eating the food grown in my direct vicinity. For years, Whole Harmony Nutrition has been my outlet for sharing the things that I learn, as well as all of my proudest culinary creations. I want this to be a place for you to explore nourishing (and delicious!) recipes, find out the latest word in nutrition and *hopefully* gain some inspiration to help you live the healthy life you want!