Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Healing Golden Milk Kefir with Cacao

If you read my blog regularly, you know I recommend consuming probiotic-rich foods or beverages on a daily basis for health. Another resource of healing is my spice cabinet! In particular, turmeric, cinnamon and ginger are potent anti-inflammatory spices that are especially beneficial for improving chronic diseases, including T2 diabetes. This recipe is my twist on the classic Golden Turmeric Milk or Tea, which has been proven to reduce pain and systemic inflammation. The addition of raw cacao powder provides antioxidants and, more importantly, a delicious flavor that completely masks the warm, peppery and sometimes bitter turmeric compounds (which are what makes turmeric so healthful). Because I include kefir, this beverage should not be heated to retain the quality of the probiotic microorganisms. If you're worried that this won't taste good, you are wrong...because it is AMAZING! It is slightly spicy, but so sweet and delicious too. It's a great flavor combination and I love it! Enjoy this for breakfast or as a meal replacement, in the afternoon as a pick-me-up or, leave out the cacao powder, and have a cup before bed to help you relax and fall asleep.

Healing Golden Milk Kefir with Cacao
Makes 1 serving

1/2 cup plain milk or coconut milk kefir (click here to make your own)
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk (I use full-fat A-roy D brand)
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon raw cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa powder)
1/4 teaspoon stevia powder (I use Sweet Leaf brand)
A pinch of black pepper (increases absorption)

Place all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until well combined. (You may also use a whisk, but I find a blender mixes the ingredients more thoroughly.) Do not heat. Pour into a mug and serve immediately.

Nutritional Information per serving (made with full-fat coconut milk): 230 calories, 7.9 g carbohydrate (0.9 g dietary fiber, 5.7 g sugars), 19.7 g total fat (13.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 9 mg cholesterol, 53 mg sodium, 100 mg calcium, 61 mg potassium, 4.4 g protein. Net carbs per serving: 7 grams

Recipe by Kathy Sheehan, copyright 2016

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