A lighter, more refreshing version of the famous Turmeric Milk.
Today I’m bringing you all a variation of my famous Turmeric Milk, which I call famous for good reason. My Turmeric Milk has taken international storm and I LOVE how much you’ve all been enjoying it for a boost in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits all while tasting delicious. Using similar concepts behind turmeric beverages, today is a lighter more refreshing version I call Turmeric Tea. It’s a simple herbal tea made with water, aromatic and warming spices like ginger, honey, and of course the star ingredient turmeric to fight inflammation. The flavor is slightly sweet, earthy, with a hint of spice and even though I enjoy this year round, I find it even more enjoyable in the cooler months of the year.
Let’s rewind a bit to the coffee craving McKel. Before living whole and well and following the Nutrition Stripped lifestyle, believe it or not I used to be a avid coffee drinker…neh, a “I can’t function, think, do without” coffee drinker in late high school into college. It was especially prominent during my undergraduate studies trying to soak up any energy I could out of a coffee cup. This was the part in my life where my story was focused on “health” foods and fads, it was also when I was just a student still learning practices I “thought” were healthy, yet weren’t further from the truth. My daily relationship with coffee came to an end one Saturday morning where I woke up with the inclination to just stay in bed and sleep longer- I’m such a morning person that this never happens and I’m normally jumping out of bed. I found myself trying to nurture this calling from my body of wanting a bit more sleep, yet I developed a splitting headache after about 20 minutes laying there unable to sleep. The thought of coffee crept into mind and I easily put two and two together. I couldn’t sleep in because my body was physically craving and now mentally/behaviourally craving coffee!
The thought of a substance having that much “control” over a simple moment like the urge to sleep in one morning, shook me and I stopped drinking it cold turkey the next day. I had never realized the impact of coffee on my body and how my energy was much more stable without it; I had less migraines (which if you know my story, was huge!), more stable moods, and my skin was brighter after limiting it. It took a lot of motivation and about a week of dealing with headaches before I was in the clear- also supplementing with nutrient-dense foods, fresh green juices, turmeric milks and teas, I was feeling amazing and my energy skyrocketed! I should note that my story isn’t definite- meaning everyone is different and coffee is metabolized very differently depending on your body. Some of us are slow metabolizers (a variation in the gene known as COMT) and are more easily affected by the caffeine than fast metabolizers. I still do enjoy coffee, but it’s one thing I have to keep a close eye on and have only occasionally as it’s very easy for me to enjoy too much and feel quite burnt out. A mini-moral of sharing my story is to listen to YOUR body and how your body reacts to certain foods, drinks, and well coffee!
I have many of my female clients “get off the coff” for a variety of reasons, most of them being rebalancing their natural hormones!
Here are some of my other favorite coffee alternatives:
- Teeccino– an amazing herbal coffee blend, no caffeine and tastes/looks like coffee
- Dandy Blend– a old classic herbal blend made with dandelion. You’re not only getting the flavor but dandelion has been used for detoxing the liver
- Matcha green tea- check here for my favorites
- 2 tablespoons maca powder in almond milk – ’nuff said, it’s awesome.
‘Tis the season for tea
You can guess, my next option to replace coffee in the morning was tea. I fell in love with tea, the routine of making and drinking tea, the flavors, varieties of nutrient and antioxidants found in teas, and the versatility. I even converted my coffee and caffeine drinking man into a tea lover- that’s a pretty amazing accomplishment in my book! Some of my favorite teas were ones I discovered in local tea shops or by branching outside of my go-to which was green tea. There are so many varieties of tea that I’m writing a blog post entirely just on their differences. My morning go-to is a mug of fresh lemon in hot water with ginger tea or with subtle variations like I’m sharing today. It’s light, refreshing, and gets digestion moving first thing in the morning, which is one important point I always speak of! Nonetheless, tea is always served and offered to all guests and friends in our home and it’s now become our little morning and evening routine together. Tea is a very special thing in our life.
I enjoy Turmeric Tea most in the mid-morning after breakfast when I’m craving something warm or in the evening times. There are a couple ways to make this, which I was purposeful in making several variations for those of you who don’t have turmeric root, or ground cinnamon readily available. You have the option to use whole roots (ginger root, turmeric root, cinnamon stick, etc.) or the ground versions of these spices. If using the whole root version there’s an added bonus of re-steeping the tea just by adding more water and simmering again. Also see below for a way to make this tea for a holiday gift or to share for later.
Make your own tea bags | *makes 4 tea satchels
- In a very small bowl, mix 2.5 tablespoons ground turmeric, 1.5 tablespoons ground cinnamon, 4 tablespoons loose lemongrass tea, and 20 peppercorns. Stir to combine.
- Place 1 tablespoon of the mixture in a tea satchel.
- Brew as you would normal tea, and add fresh ginger root to the satchel right before brewing. Add in orange, and honey when steeping. An added bonus to making these ahead of time is you can give these away as gifts for the holidays with a cute tea mug!
I know most of you have tried my Turmeric Milk and have loved it, I can’t wait for you to try this lighter version of tea and hear what you all think! Share below if you try it or your thoughts on trying it.