Category: Tea

Orange Spice Turmeric Tea (and The Benefits of Turmeric)

Orange Spice Turmeric Tea (and The Benefits of Turmeric)

This isn’t my first rondevue with turmeric and making turmeric milk/tea. About a month ago I posted a simple recipe for Basic Turmeric Milk that I quickly fell in love with. Overall, that recipe was very basic and just combined the earthy flavor of turmeric with sweet and floral honey. Since then I have tweaked a few ingredients and added some local and in season foods

This new recipe for Orange Spice Turmeric Tea not only uses the healing power of turmeric, but it also combines the spicy flavor of real ginger with fresh orange and honey. It is a cup of deliciousness that will heal, balance and rejuvenate.

If you haven’t noticed, turmeric is the hot new food/herb/root that is popping up all over the social media scene and internet. That being said, I thought it was time to really put the spotlight on turmeric and give you the low down from an RD point of view.

One of the main compounds found in turmeric is Curcumin, which is responsible for it’s bright orange color as well as the amazing anti-inflammatory and health properties. There are other healthy and healing compounds in turmeric, however curcumin is the most studied and the most recognized.

When it’s orange season I use this delicious fruit with everything and in everything I possibly can. I mean, its not often that you can get delicious and in-season fruit that looks like a little piece of sunshine, and tastes like it too. Adding the fresh orange zest and juice as well as the fresh ginger and honey was undoubtedly the right decision for this blissful beverage. The perfect combination of vitamin c and beta-carotene boosting orange, healing and spicy ginger, sweet local honey, earthy turmeric and a little milk gives me reason to believe this drink is actually liquid gold.

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Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 1 cup coconut or almond milk
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 2 tbsp fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 -1 tsp fresh grated ginger root
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon (optional)

Directions

  1. In a sauce pan over low heat combine milk, orange zest, ginger and orange juice. Stir and let steep for 5 minutes.
  2. Add in honey and whisk until well combined.  Lastly add in turmeric, whisk and allow to reach a boil on low heat.
  3. Remove from heat and strain the grated ginger and orange zest out. Pour turmeric tea into a glass and enjoy!
OMG!! Hazelnut Almond Milk Recipe for your Coffee!

OMG!! Hazelnut Almond Milk Recipe for your Coffee!

This homemade hazelnut milk is fit for a high end coffee shop and it goes perfectly with a cup of coffee. I use a mix of hazelnuts and almonds, but feel free to use all hazelnuts if you prefer. It’s lightly flavoured with notes of caramel from the Medjool dates, cinnamon, and a whole vanilla bean.

Ingredients:

3/4 cup raw hazelnuts
1/4 cup raw almonds
3 1/2 cups water
2 1/2-3 pitted Medjool dates, to taste
1 vanilla bean, roughly chopped
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
tiny pinch of fine grain sea salt (optional)

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Directions:

Place hazelnuts and almonds in a bowl and cover with [eafl id=1053 name=”Perfect Water Purifier – articleLink2″ text=”filtered water”]. It’s preferred to soak them overnight (for 8-12 hours) in the water, but you can get away with soaking for 1-2 hours in a pinch.

Rinse and drain the soaked hazelnuts and almonds. Place nuts into your [eafl id=1316 name=”Vitamix 5300 Blender – Article Link” text=”Vitamix”] along with water, pitted dates, vanilla bean, cinnamon, and salt (if using).

Cover and blend on highest speed for 1 minute or so.

Place a nut milk bag (here is the bag I love) over a large bowl and slowly pour the milk mixture into the bag. Gently squeeze the bottom of the bag to release the milk. This process can take 3-5 minutes, so be patient. You should be left with about 1 cup of pulp in the bag. See my tips below on using the leftover pulp.

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1) If your dates or vanilla bean are dry/stiff, soak in water to soften before use. You can also use another sweetener of your choice like maple syrup instead of dates. Same goes for vanilla – feel free to use vanilla extract for a more subtle vanilla flavour.
2) Ideas for using leftover pulp: stir into oatmeal or muffin batter, add to smoothies, make crackers, or you can even dehydrate it and then blend it up to make hazelnut meal. You can freeze it for a later use too.
3) You might be wondering – If I don’t have a nut milk bag can I use a fine mesh sieve? Yes you can. I don’t find the milk gets as smooth compared to using a nut milk bag, but if you strain it several times, it comes out decent. Also, feel free to try a cheesecloth (you can even line the sieve with a layer of cheesecloth).

 

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11 Benefits of Chrysanthemum

11 Benefits of Chrysanthemum

If you need a natural coolant, you may wish to consider drinking chrysanthemum tea.  It provides plenty of advantages and is widely used in Chinese medicinal practice that includes herbs as part of the treatment.  A cup of chrysanthemum tea offers many incredible benefits and has plenty of nutritional advantages.

Chrysanthemum tea is very potent and is high in B-carotene, converted by the liver into Vitamin A.  Fruits that are yellow and orange have large amounts of B-carotene.  Vitamin A helps to boost the immunity power of the body as well as delaying the aging process and blindness that can be age-related.  Chrysanthemum tea is an excellent source of folacin, choline, niacin and riboflavin that are all important B vitamins.  It does also contain Vitamin C which serves to protect the eyes and to reduce the risk of scurvy.

This tea contains minerals including iron that aids in transporting oxygen in the blood.  It also contains calcium that is critical for healthy bones and teeth, magnesium that the body needs for multiple body functions.  Chrysanthemum tea contains potassium that is necessary for the stabilization of blood pressure and the proper operation of the cardiovascular system.  The tea also contains adenine, glycosides, and amino acids.  Not many people are familiar with the benefits and the existence of Chrysanthemum tea.

Here are eleven of the most incredible benefits that you may not even be aware of:

  1. If you suffer from allergies, drinking Chrysanthemum tea can help to relieve itchy and red eyes, it can also relieve a sore throat. If you suffer from dry eyes or you have dark spots under your eyes, drinking the tea can help.
  2. The tea contains antiviral properties that can provide relief to people who are suffering from congestion caused by viral infections. The tea contains vitamin C that can lighten up the head if you have a sinus infection.  If your congestion is due to a pathogenic bacterial reaction, this tea can help because it is anti-spirochetal which aids in providing relief from these symptoms.
  3. Chrysanthemum tea naturally lowers your body temperature if you are feeling heat stroke or have a fever. It can ease acne and pimples and can help with a toothache, headache and throbbing nerves in your gums.
  4. The tea is non-caffeinated so you will experience any side effects that caffeine can cause including nervousness, tension, anxiety confusion or irritation.
  5. The tea can help to treat coronary artery disease, relieving blocked arteries and clearing up varicose veins.
  6. If you need to detoxify your liver or lower your cholesterol, this tea is an excellent choice.
  7. The stimulating properties in this tea can help to sharpen the senses and rejuvenate the brain.
  8. This tea can strengthen your lungs and aid with common respiratory problems such as shortness of breath.
  9. When you drink Chrysanthemum tea with meals and greasy or oily foods it can help out with digestion.
  10. It is thought that this tea could be useful to treat certain eye problems and to improve the sight acuity for people whose vision is failing. There is a long history of this herb being used to treat watering eyes and blurred or spotty vision.  If you are using your computer for extended periods of time or have red, dry or sore eyes, try sipping on this tea.
  11. Chrysanthemums have natural active ingredients that act as antibiotics. These natural ingredients can help to fight some types of bacteria including staphylococcus and streptococcus.  It is also great for the relief of tension headaches, bad breath, dry mouth and sore throats.

To prepare this tea just add some of the dried tea to your pot with boiled water and allow steeping for five minutes.