Turmeric latte..delicous or not

On one of my latest trips to Queensland, whilst being out and about I was delighted to see the amount of Turmeric Lattes now available at Cafes dotted around Broadbeach. Have you tried one?

Made properly it is such a delicous, nutritious and healthy drink…..a fabulous alternative to drinking coffee. Now, Im not saying to give up your morning coffee, even though I rarely drink coffee, it was suggested to me that it is not good for my leaky gut or my adrenal fatigue. Im always on the look out for other alternative hot drinks you can have when you are out and about or being social with friends.

Some of my favourite drinks would have to be dandelion tea, have you tried it? It is quiet bitter but fabulous for the liver and such a great substitute for coffee. If you are using the tea bags it is so strong that I usually get two cups out of the one bag!

Topped with some freshly made almond milk or a blend of coconut and almond, it is just heaven.

Back to the turmeric…I have created a fabulous blend, all organic, to the best of my knowledge. Including turmeric, ginger, cardamom, caynne pepper, cinnamon and of course the all important black pepper.

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Turmeric powder has so many amazing properties it contains antioxidants and is anti- inflammatory compounds which are perfect for your body.The reason we add freshly ground black pepper is so that it can help enhance the absorption of the curcumin into the body, curcumin is the naturally occurring compound in the turmericIMG_20170520_181606_139 that helps ease symptoms of inflamation. Turmeric is also well know to treat emotional issues such as depression and anxiety, it appears to elevate neurotransmitters such as serotonin and may also lower the stress hormone cortisol.

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If IMG_20170320_192802_788you need to add a little bit of sweetness you can always add, stevia,maple syrup, honey. I find that if the Turmeric blend is balanced right with the amount of turmeric,pepper and cinnamon, then you may not need to add a sweetener. Also another trick is to add the richness of coconut cream to the almond milk  or you can actually purchase from one of the super markets a blend of the two already made up. One of the main reasons for adding the coconut milk to the latte is for the fat in the coconut milk.  It helps your body absorb the turmeric and the other benefit is the natural sweetness and pure deliciousness  of the coconut milk, it is a wonderful balance.

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We are now offering these little packs of goodness for you to buy. They are available at the markets in and around Canberra, ACT. We are at the Epic Farmers markets 7.30-11.30 on a Saturday morning and Southside Farmers markets in Woden, ACT on Sunday mornings 7.30-11.30. We also pop up at other markets in and around Canberra depending on what is happening.

You can find out which markets or events will be each month by following me on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/giftofourearth/?ref=bookmarks

Enjoying your fabulous Turmeric Latte and look forward to chatting to you soon.

Angela xx

The Yummiest nut milk I’ve ever had….

I have been milk free (dairy free) for about 12 months now and have dablled with differnt types of milks for quite a while. I started out using soy as it so delicoius and creamy…well not anymore, after researching soy I soon realised  that drinking soy was probably not a great idea. If you are still using soy I truly believe you should have a little look on the internet…..very scary,  unless its of the fermented kind. I then tried almomd milk, oat milk, coconut milk from many different sources..expensive ones to cheap ones. The problem with alot of pre-made nut milks is that they are sitting on shelves in shops, the companies that make the milk have to  add lots of extras in the milk so it can sit there unrefrigerated. They have many additives, not just the nuts and water but suagrs, fillers, emulsifiers, thickners, one post I was reading yesterday said that there were 13 other ingredients in the nut milk, other than nuts and water!

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A lovely friend gave me this recipe and thought that I was making just another nut milk but this is the creamiest most delicous nut milk I have  ever ever tried and after doing some research on the internet today I know know why this milk is the BEST

I used activated nuts!

Do you know what activated nuts are?…well Im glad you asked….

Raw nuts have contain phytic acid which  our digestive system can find hard to break down which can lead to many upset tummies. Also nuts contain enzyme inhibitors so by soaking the nuts in water we can release the enzyme inhibitors ( you can add a teaspoon of celtic sea salt to the water for soaking if you wish) Once the enzymes have been released you can now say that the nut has been “activated” and  the nut is awakened, the nuts will be swollen and some may even split. So doing this sort of prepares the nuts for sprouting. After the nuts have been soaked overnight and rinsed in fresh water you can now dehydrate them. By dehydrating the nuts at a low temperature your will also be removing more of the phytic acid making all of the nutrients in the nuts assimilate better in our body. I had my nuts soaking during the day and then had them in the dehydrator over night ( use a Kuvings dehydrator, please email me if you would like a quote) check with your brand of dehydrator on how long your nuts will need. I did 1kg of both the almonds and 1kg of the pepitas and have them in an airtight jar ready for the next batch of milk. By the way I am going through the milk will be very soon….

 

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3/4 cup of soaked and dehydrated  organic pepitas

1/4 cup soaked and dehydrated organic almonds

2-4 cups filtered water depending on how creamy you wish the milk to be.

2 dates seed removed

pinch celtic sea salt

Place all of the ingredients in your high speed blender for a couple of minutes and then strain the milk through a nut bag. My brand of blender is a  Froothie it is  the best blender I have ever purchased , I use my blender everyday in the kitchen, if you would like a quote on a Froothie , please let me know and I can get you the latest price.

Squeeze the milk out of the bag so that you can get as much moisture out of the bag leaving behind the nut meal. You can feed the meal to the chooks or compost. Even more exciting is to put it in the oven to dry out or dehydrate and use it in baking of cakes, biscuits, bread, pancakes etc. If you aren’t ready to use the meal just pop it in the freezer.

Place the nut milk in the fridge and then spend time thinking on ideas on how to use it up as its just so yummy…smoothies, tea, coffee, chai latte just to name a few..

Love to hear your feedback on this fabulous nut milk and let me know what your favourite nut milk is.

 

Angela xx