My newest SNACK obsession is golden mylk and an ojas nightly tonic (spelt with a Y because it's not actually dairy milk, but rather nut mylk) because they are as satisfying as a snack but don't interrupt my body's digestion process between meals. I'm the kind of person who craves something sweet after dinner so this is the perfect remedy. Not only because it's filling and satisfyingly sweet but it also helps wind my body down after a long day and prepares me for sleep. Both drinks provide similar effect. The golden mylk is more anti-inflammatory so it's good for athletes or for those with inflammation. In the Ayurveda world, turmeric is considered “tri doshic,” meaning it’s suitable for all dosha types (hooray!) When combined with other activators—such as cardamom, cinnamon, or pepper—it’s known for increasing ojas, or the body's vital strength. During both acute and chronic experience of stressors, turmeric supports healthy skin, liver function, healthy levels of body weight, blood glucose, cholesterol, corticosterone, memory, and reduced glutathione. The ojas tonic is even more building and can be good for those that feel depleted, lethargic, tired, frail, sickly, and ill. Try both and let me know what you think!
1 1/2 cups light coconut milk (canned is best, but carton works too)
1 1/2 cups unsweetened plain almond milk (DIY or store-bought)
1 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1 cinnamon stick (or 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon)
1 Tbsp coconut oil or MCT oil (optional)
Pinch ground black pepper (helps activate the curcumin)
Sweetener of choice to taste (stevia or maple syrup)
To a small saucepan, add coconut milk, almond milk, ground turmeric, ground ginger, cinnamon stick, coconut oil, black pepper, and sweetener of choice.
Whisk to combine and warm over medium heat. Heat until hot to the touch but not boiling - about 4 minutes - whisking frequently.
Turn off heat and taste to adjust flavor. Add more sweetener to taste or more turmeric or ginger for intense spice + flavor.
Serve immediately, dividing between two glasses and leaving the cinnamon stick behind. Best when fresh, though leftovers can be stored covered in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Reheat on the stovetop or microwave until hot.
*If you don't have coconut and almond milk you can sub using 3 cups of any unsweetened nut, flax, hemp or coconut mylk.
Adapted from Minimalist Baker
OJAS NIGHTLY TONIC
Ojas simply meals "life-force". Eating foods that provide ojas in combination with a balanced lifestyle will support immunity, sleep, vitality, complexion, mood stability, and longevity.
1 cup nut, coconut, flax, or hemp mylk
1 tbsp chopped dates
2 tbsp chopped almonds
1 tbsp coconut meat or flakes (unsweetened)
1/2 tsp saffron
1-2 tsp ghee
1/8 tsp Cardamom
1 tsp raw honey
Optional: 1/8 tsp Ashwagandha
Add all ingredients except honey to one cup of mylk as you slowly bring it to a boil. You may need to use a small whisk or fork to make sure the herbs combine with the liquid.
Once the milk, herbs, food, and spices are cooked and off the flame, add raw honey.
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