How to Stave Off Colds Using Your Pantry
With so many people getting sick lately, I’ve teamed up with Andrea Slinde, Founder of Golden Root, to talk about nutrition and the immune system. Golden Root makes delicious golden latte mix filled with organic coconut milk powder, spices and pink salt. Just combine their mix with hot water, coconut milk or other milk and voila -- golden latte, wherever!
But what is a golden latte, you ask? It’s a hot drink based on a traditional Indian recipe that is calming, rejuvenating and can be used to ease inflammation, pain, stress and boost the immune system (spoiler alert!).
Golden Root is a Denver-based company like us and they strive to deliver a convenient product that promotes health and balance for the mind, body and soul -- a mission we’re happy to support!
Winter is a time for many people to get sick and stay sick. To combat illness, fatigue, and the winter blues, we wanted to provide you with a simple recipe to keep your immune system healthy and your spirits high. You can even find many of these ingredients in your own pantry! All you’ll need is Golden Root turmeric latte mix, Unwrapp’d Cookie Dough, coconut cream or coconut milk, and coffee.
Before getting to the recipe, we’d like to break down the benefits of the health-promoting ingredients that you will find in Golden Root turmeric latte mix and Unwrapp’d nutrition bar dough. The following ingredients are helpful on their own but when combined together, can create effective immune-boosting benefits and help the body weather stress.
1) Turmeric -- This herbaceous perennial rhizome plant resembles the look and feel of raw ginger root. The taste, however, is much different than ginger - turmeric has a peppery, bitter, and earthy flavor. It contains curcuminoids, which are the antibacterial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory compounds that give turmeric its rich color and healing benefits.
2) Ginger -- Similar to turmeric, ginger is also a rhizome plant that has been used in Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years to treat digestion issues like nausea, stomach pain, and diarrhea. Ginger also works as an adaptogen to reduce stress in the body through its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
3) Black pepper -- Black pepper contains the active compound called piperine, which gives black pepper its pungent and strong flavor. When piperine is combined with turmeric’s active ingredient, curcumin, together they increase the absorption and bioavailability of turmeric by 2,000%, making it easier to reap all of the health benefits that turmeric has to offer.
4) Coconut milk & oil -- are antifungal, antibacterial, antiparasitic and antiviral, making them great choices before and during sickness. Coconut can also reduce inflammation, which can result from stress, illness or injury. Coconut oil can decrease the presence of Candida, an opportunistic yeast in the GI tract. When Candida is left unchecked, its byproducts can suppress the immune system, making one more likely to get sick.
The fat in coconut helps the body absorb turmeric so that it can be used effectively.
5) Cacao nibs -- Fermented and dried pieces of cocoa beans, these crunchy, bitter bits have been used for thousands of years in Mayan culture to help people reach a meditative state. Compounds in cacao help ease stress and depression and promote positive mood.
Cacao also contains powerful antioxidants called OPCs (oligomeric proanthocyanidins). A study on conventional cocoa -- which has fewer OPCs than cacao nibs -- has shown it boosts natural killer cell numbers following the flu vaccine. NK cells kill virus-infected cells and those that may be cancerous. Cacao can also reduce the growth of harmful gut bacteria and prevent the immune system from overreacting.
R E C I P E :
I N G R E D I E N T S :
1 cup/8 oz freshly brewed coffee
1 Tbsp Unwrapp'd Cookie Dough
1 tsp of Golden Root turmeric latte mix (Original or Sugar Free)
1.5 Tbsp coconut cream or 3 oz of coconut milk or milk of choice
I N S T R U C T I O N S :
Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender until foamy and savor. (hint: the grit at the bottom of your mug is filled with the most immune boosting goodness).