Turmeric Latte (Pot of Gold)

Yesterday I attended my first Carbon38 event as an ambassador. For those of you who don’t know what Carbon 38 is, it’s a luxury active wear brand dedicated to empowering women. You can find the trindiest active and lifestyle brands including their own line of activewear (which is pretty dope I must say) on their website. Check them out here

Every month Carbon38 host events for their ambassadors where we come together to connect,  sweat our asses off and get to enjoy a little bit of spoiling from Carbon38. It’s their way of giving back and taking care of us trainers and instructors. This months event included a Kettlebell workout and Meditation hosted at Fitness Social with salads provides by JUGO Salad and Juice Bar, and of course some special goodies from Carbon 38 afterward  (shoutout to Carbon38 for keeping my threads fresh). Now, not only was this my first ambassador event, but it was also my first kettlebell class... EEK was I nervous! I suffer from horrible social anxiety but Dina and all the girls made me feel right at home and like I was part of this Carbon38 family since the beginning. I totally survived my first event... or so I had thought. Until I woke up this morning feeling a whole new level of sore muscles. So I hobbled straight to my kitchen and whipped up a Turmeric Latte to soothe those sore muscles and sing to my taste buds!

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Keep reading for the deets and benefits:

Turmeric is a root know for its power anti-inflammatory benefits and has been used for centuries in Chinese medicine.  It’s active compound is called Curcumin and has been know to help fight and prevent disease.  

Beacuse of its anti-inflammatory benefits, it’s perfect for helping to soothe sore muscles after a long and hard workout. Here’s how I make mine:  

  1. 16 oz (approximately) almond milk or your favorite nut milk
  2. 1 1/2 tsp. Organic Turmeric  
  3. 1 tbst. Heavenly Organics Neem Honey  
  4. 1 tbst. Cocnont Butter. Coconut butter is high in healthy fats and since Curcumin is fat soluble this will help aid in your body absorption. 
  5. A pinch of pepper. Head here to learn why.  
  6. A dash of Tazo Organic Chai mix to mix things up a bit. Totally optional.

Blend well and poor over ice.  

 

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My Morning Matcha Latte

Until very recently I was one of those people who’s day didn’t begin until I had consumed a cup (or two) of coffee.  I loved coffee, and still do, but after drinking cup after cup (can you say 'hello, jitters?') I started to notice my body didn’t love it as much as I thought it did.  The realization came when I did my YTT in India and had limited access to coffee (+ a million other things).  After returning home to the states I tried to keep up the new habit but with a Starbucks on every street corner, let’s face it; it didn’t last long.  At all.

Then, this thing happened.  I woke up.  Literally.  I woke up one morning and decided I was going to have matcha instead of coffee and OH. MY. GOSH. has my body been loving it!  I could go on and on about the benefits of switching from coffee to matcha but that’s a whole other blog post.  Instead I’m here to share with you my Morning Matcha recipe; what goes in it and WHY!

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Ingredients + Why They're AMAZING

  1. 1 cup of your preferred type of milk - I usually use Almond.  Most of the time my matcha lattes are iced, but if you prefer yours hot simply heat the milk before blending.
  2. 1 tsp of organic matcha powder. I use Mighty Leaf Organic Matcha.  Matcha is loaded with antioxidants including Catechin, a special antioxidant know for its cancer fighting properties.  The best thing about matcha is you still get the energy boost you're looking for with out the jitters and crash at the end.  Ah.  Love. 
  3. 1/4 - 1/2 tsp or ground Turmeric.  Turmeric has endless health benefits such as being a natural anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, good for the skin, and anti-caner affects.  If you can throw in a dash of pepper its even better! it will help slow down the digestion of the turmeric increasing the bioavailability. 
  4. 1 tbsp Coconut Butter. Holy cow does this one have a load of benefits as well. Its a healthy fat, which means it helps keep you full longer and can even aid in weight loss.  It also contains lauric acid, known to help boost immunity and fight viruses.
  5. 1 tbsp Neem Honey. Neem Honey is made form bees pollinating the Neem flowers in India. It is know for all kinds of health benefits including antibacterial properties and digestive health. I use Heavenly Organics, i find it at Sprouts.
  6. Dried Lavender flower. This is my favorite ingredient.  Not because of any special health benefit but just because I love lavender.  But its also known to promote calm and stress relief.  Win win!

    Blend for 1 minute and serve over ice!

Berry Kale & Quinoa Salad

I've been a vegetarian/pescatarian since my YTT back in August of 2016, so almost a year now. As I'm writing this, that sounds like a long time, but it's felt like the blink of an eye. My diet while in India aligned with what a perfect "yogic diet" should consist of (plus a few chocolate biscuits and coffee drink trips with my roommate). I am constantly striving to allign my diet with a more yogic lifestyle and am always looking for new ways to incorporate healthy foods into dishes that I already love... or in this case make a healthy dish healthier! The inspiration for this came from one of my friends high school graduation party years ago, her mom made a similar salad plus some sugar and minus some protein and a few other goodies, that I have always loved. I've remade it quite a few times, but this time... this time I think I've got it. It's refreshing, filling and packed with nutrition goodness (kale+qionoa+berries=health heaven) , perfect for those triple didget summer days when it's too hot to turn the oven on! 

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Ingredients: 

  • 3 washed kale leaves  
  • 1 Cup cooked quinoa-dry toast before for best results
  • 1 Cup Strawberries washed and cut  
  • 1/2 Cup Blueberries  
  • 1/3 Cup Feta Cheese  
  • 1/4 Cup Red Onion thinly sliced  
  • Chia Seed to your liking  
  • Squeeze of a lemon  
  • Drizzle of olive oil  
  • Drizzle of Blush Wine Vinaigrette

Instructions:

  1. Separate the Kale leaves from the stem and slice thinly. I found this is best done by rolling the Kale tightly into rolls and cutting off thin slices. Drizzle the olive oil and squeeze desired amount of lemon onto the Kale and massage it into the Kale. Yes. Literally massage your food, show it some love and appreciation for the nutrients it's about to provide you! I know this may seem strange, but massaging Kale transforms it from a tough and bitter green to a silkier sweeter taste and texture. A little bit of love can go a long way!
  2. Add Quinoa, Strawberries, Blueberries and Onions and toss.  
  3. Add desired amount and brand of Blush Wine Vinaigrette, I prefer the Brianna's brand, but I also hope to one day be making this myself (Kitchen goals!). Top with feta cheese and chia seeds and serve! 

Note: Since this salad is a Kale based salad, it makes great left overs or does well being served after some time to marinade. 

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