Three antioxidant-rich recipes that will improve your morning cuppa

Two years ago, I finally realized  why my syrup-filled, cream-topped, caffeine-packed Starbucks habit was leaving me bloated and in pain — it was lactose intolerance, which I hadn’t been aware of, or perhaps was just denying. On top of this new discovery, my reliance on caffeine was leaving me feeling fatigued, so I decided to switch up my hot drink habit for something healthier. If you’re feeling inspired by the current vogue for wellness culture, let me show you the light. Through trial and error, I came up with these three recipes that serve as immune-boosting substitutes in lieu of a usual sugary beverage.

Turmeric Ginger Latte

Turmeric and ginger are both hot trends right now on the wellness circuit, and for good reason. They are both roots with immune boosting, anti-inflammatory properties that offer a kick to your system and your taste buds. This recipe is caffeine-free, making great for all times of the day – whether you’re looking for an afternoon boost or a moment of spice-filled comfort.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of the milk of your choice
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger root peeled and minced
  • 1 tsp fresh turmeric root peeled and minced
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp honey, agave or maple syrup
  • A dash of sea salt

Recipe:

Heat the milk in a saucepan on the stove. Blend the ginger, turmeric, coconut oil, honey, and sea salt in a blender with a splash of milk for smoother results. Once the blended ingredients are ready, add the heated milk and blend again for about 30 seconds. Pour the liquid (strain if desired) into your favourite mug or tumbler and enjoy.

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