As the temperature drops, and the days grow shorter, we all start to notice a change in our mood and our motivation. Not only do the cold mornings make it harder to get out of bed, but the thought of dragging ourselves to the gym on a dark, wintery evening is almost unbearable. We begin to crave warm, hearty meals and steaming hot chocolate by the fire, giving those summery salads and smoothies the cold shoulder. Subsequently, this overload of carbs and sweet treats makes us feel even more sluggish. So, the question is, how do we get ourselves out of this winter slump?
This week, we’re taking inspiration from Emily Curson-Baker from FoodAtOne. Emily shows us that the key to adding sunshine and nourishment to our day during winter lies in experimenting with ingredients that provide warmth, as well as, nourishment. “A Cup of Sunshine” is Emily’s latest experiment, and we love it!
Using only 4 ingredients; coconut oil, turmeric, ginger and almond (or coconut) milk, “A Cup of Sunshine” provides hydration, nutrition, warmth and a touch of “glow.” Emily admits that it sounds a little crazy at first, but says “there’s a real sweetness from the coconut which brings out a mildness from the turmeric” making it a great tasting and healthy winter treat.
What are the benefits of turmeric and ginger?
Tumeric and ginger belong to the same Zingiberaceae botanical family, and are both said to contain many medicinal properties.
The main active ingredient in turmeric is called curcumin, and is said to have powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Ginger is said to remedy nausea and sickness, as well as preventing colds and flu. Together, they make a powerful combination during the colder months, when our immune systems start to lower.
What are the benefits of coconut oil and coconut milk?
Coconut products are renowned for their health benefits, and have seen a recent surge in popularity across the health industry. In general, coconut products are great for strengthening the immune system, as coconuts contain lauric acid and antimicrobial lipids, which have antibacterial and antiviral properties. Both coconut oil and coconut milk are pressed from the same part of the mature coconut, and therefore contain similar health benefits. Read more.
Winter Warmer Recipe
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon tumeric
- 0.5 teaspoon ginger
- 200ml almond milk (or coconut milk)
- In a small saucepan on a low heat add the coconut oil
- Once the coconut oil has melted add the turmeric & ginger, gently mix for a minute
- Add the almond milk, continually mix and slowly bring to a warm temperature
- Serve your Cup of Sunshine and enjoy! 🙂
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