Do I have a treat for you today – a delicious, drinkable concoction that includes not one but TWO super hot health trends right now!
If you’re looking for coffee alternative that will provide the energy without the crash and health benefits without the jitters, you’re in the right spot.
In my quest to bring my hormones back into balance, I have been researching all kinds of natural options to heal myself from the inside out. One of the suggestions I held off on for as long as I could was eliminating coffee from my life.
Yup, you read that correctly. No. More. Coffee.
Now let’s be real here – I haven’t 100% given up on coffee. I mean, I’d replace my water with it if I could. But I have dramatically reduced my coffee consumption, going from 2-3 cups per day to 2-3 cups per week.
A big step in the right direction, if I do say so myself!
But I needed to find a substitute. I feel like I need that special cup of somethin’ somethin’ to get me ready to tackle the day at 4am. And a journal sesh just doesn’t feel complete without a cozy beverage to accompany it.
So I did what any health-obsessed gal would do, and I started throwing random herbs and spices into a pot, tested them with different milks, and alas, the Turmeric Ashwagandha Latte was born.
But what the heck is ashwagandha? And why would you want to put it in a drink?
Health Benefits of Ashwagandha
Besides being super fun to say, ashwagandha boasts a host of health benefits that help combat the negative effects of a high-stress lifestyle. It’s an ancient medicinal herb that’s commonly used in Ayurvedic practices. It seems like Ayurveda is all the rage right now, but really, it’s been around for thousands of years!
Ayurvedic medicine originated in India over 3000 years ago. Its primary goal is to help boost health and ward off illness without the need for scary prescriptions and surgeries. My kinda medicine.
Ashwagandha is also known as “Strength of the Stallion”, because it was traditionally used to boost one’s immune system after getting sick. But the health benefits don’t stop there.
Ashwagandha is an adaptogen, meaning it can help the body adapt to stress. Something we can ALL benefit from these days. It has been shown to lower blood sugar and cortisol levels, and it can also ease symptoms of anxiety and depression. Between increasing energy and mental clarity, fighting adrenal fatigue, and improving thyroid health, it seems like there isn’t much ashwagandha can’t do!
It’s important to note that ashwagandha is not safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding to consume, and during my research I learned that some people may experience nausea, vomiting, or stomach pain after consuming it. This is not something I’ve ever heard of nor experienced, but if you’re going to try ashwagandha, start with a small amount to see how you feel after consuming it.
I purchased my ashwagandha from a local Ayurvedic practitioner, but you can also purchase it on Amazon.
When we combine the powerhouse of a herb ashwagandha with the natural anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric root, you’ve got a recipe for success.
While this Turmeric Ashwagandha Latte can be enjoyed at any time, I encourage you to accompany it with some journalling and meditation for the utmost in zen goddess vibes.
Turmeric Ashwagandha Latte
You Will Need:
- 1 tbsp turmeric powder
- 1-2 tsp ashwagandha (start with 1 tsp and increase from there)
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 12oz non-dairy milk of choice (I prefer coconut milk)
- Optional: 1 tbsp coconut oil or MCT oil
- Place milk and spices in a small saucepan over low-medium heat and gently whisk it while warming. Don’t let it boil! Keep an eye on it, and once you start to see steam rise remove from heat.
- If you want to make this more of a breakfast meal like I always do, pour the heated mixture into your blender along with 1 tbsp of coconut oil or MCT oil, blend on high (be careful!), then pour in a cup and enjoy.
Easy peasy with tons of health benefits. That’s what I like ✌
Have you ever tried ashwagandha? If so, what’s your favourite way to consume it?
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