February is American Heart Month, so to celebrate, I’ve whipped up delicious golden milk that is full of heart-healthy benefits.
While it might seem that golden milk is a modern day fad, it’s been part of Ayurvedic medicine for centuries.
Why am I a celebrating heart month with this orange colored drink? Well, the ingredients that I put in my golden milk offer excellent heart support and may help reduce LDL cholesterol, blood pressure and just be plain good for you.
Green tea – keeps blood pressure in check, reduces bad cholesterol levels, and may reduce atherosclerosis and your risk of heart disease.
Coconut milk – this drink is one of the best sources of lauric acid. While this acid has antibacterial and antiviral activities, it is also a fatty acid that is known for its protective quality and is linked to improved cholesterol level and overall heart health.
Spices (cinnamon, cardamon, ginger, turmeric and black pepper) – anti-inflammatory and reduces oxidative stress in the body. Both of these mechanisms can have a direct impact on how well the heart functions.
Dates – these little sweet packets have potassium, copper, iron, manganese, magnesium and vitamin b6. Not only do they add a touch of sweetness to the drink, but there is also evidence that shows that they may help reduce bad (LDL) cholesterol in the blood and potentially reduce the risk of stroke.
So, let’s whip up a mug of golden milk goodness, shall we?
1 cup brewed green tea
1/2 cup whole fat coconut milk (the stuff in a BPA-free can)
1 tsp ground turmeric
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 ground cardamon
1/4 (heaping) tsp of ground ginger
a pinch of ground black pepper (this helps your body absorb the turmeric)
1/4 cup cooked, mashed sweet potato
1 – 2 pitted dates (soak in hot water for at least one hour to soften)
You might find when you open the can of coconut milk that the solids have separated. Put all of the contents into a bowl and whisk together before using.
Add all the ingredients (be sure you pitted your dates) to a blender and blend on high for 30 seconds. This process is best done in a high-speed blender, but a regular blender will work – just mix a bit longer.
Heat in a saucepan before serving. This recipe will make one large mug of golden milk.
Note: If you don’t have dates you may use maple syrup, stevia, or monk fruit to taste. You may also use raw honey, but do not add to a super hot drink, as it will destroy the health benefits of being raw and unfiltered.
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Corrie Ann Gray is a writer, researcher, coach, and cookie enthusiast who lives in Los Angeles, CA. She started the Clean Body Project to share all of her knowledge and resources with others who are interested in running their own experiment into clean holistic living. She is also known as The Renaissance Soul Writer at www.corrieanngray.com.