This time of year is tough on all of us. Shorter days, longer nights, colder temperatures can make me fatigued, achey, and really really really hungry! When it's late at night but I still feel my tummy grumbling or like I need something to calm me down and warm me up at night, I make a quick mug of this golden brew. Turmeric is anti-inflammatory and health-preserving, which I can get behind during any season.
Grounding, soothing, a bit spicy and as sweet and warm as fresh made vanilla pudding, this is my take on an Ayurvedic classic.
Prep-time: 5 - 10 min
1 tsp Coconut Oil or Brain Octane Oil (refined from coconut oil)
1 cup cashew milk (or almond, but cashew is creamier and more ojas-enhancing*)
1 pinch - 1/4 tsp of your favorite spices, mix it up and try different combos of the following: cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, black pepper, cardamom, saffron
1-3 tsp turmeric or turmeric supplement blend
(I use Daily Turmeric by MegaFood which includes nutrient-enhancing black pepper and tart cherry as well as Holy Basil/Tulsi, my actual favorite thing)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 pinch pink Himalayan sea salt
1 date, raw honey, or 1/4 tsp stevia (for sweetness)
Optional: 1/2 scoop your favorite vanilla or flavorless protein powder (you might need to add more milk for this) to give you a bit more of a filling drink/protein boost!
Directions: Heat the oil in a pan on low for a minute. Stir in your selected spices until fragrant. Pour in milk and add turmeric. Sprinkle in sea salt and add vanilla extract. Finally, pit the date and add that to the mix until soft or stir in 1/4 tsp of stevia (or two packets). If desired, add protein powder, and keep stirring in little dashes of milk, as needed so that mylk remains thin enough to drink. If you added a date, throw the whole thing in a blender for about 30 seconds. Pour into your favorite mug and curl up with a blanket and maybe a book to enjoy your warm night time treat.
I always feel like I am glowing (and ready for bed) after this, which is great for my occasional sleeplessness. Give it a try and let me know what you think!
*What the heck is Ojas?
Simply put, Ojas, in Sanskrit and yogic/Ayurvedic theory is known as the most highly refined quality of the dosha Kapha.
Kapha's most excellent qualities are nurturing, nourishing, moist, oily, youthful, earthy, sweet, consistent, graceful, calm, and grounding. And all of that is Ojas!
(Don't know your Ayurvedic constitution or prakriti? Send me an email or take a quiz here!)
HINT: If you're feeling depleted, overwhelmed, anxious, bloated, or just plain scatter-brained, you might be Ojas deficient! Other great Ojas-building activities include meditating, taking slow walks in nature, enjoying warm baths, self-massage with warm sesame oil, or getting massages/bodywork.