Bumping up this festive favourite from last season. .
Festive Vegan Bailey's Beverage [Source: Indigo Herbs]
1 Can Coconut Milk
3 Tbsp Yacon Syrup
1 Shot Expresso (cooled)
80ml Irish Whiskey
1 Tsp Vanilla Powder
1/2 Tsp Cacao Powder
2 Tbsp Water .
1/2 Cup Filtered Water
1/4 Liquorice Root Stick
Small Chunk of Ginger Root
1 Star Anise
2 Split Cardamom Pods
Firstly, combine all the whole spices in a saucepan with the water and simmer for 10 mins to infuse. Set aside to cool. Ideally do this the night before so the flavours completely infuse.
Next in a bottle with lid or blender jug combine the coconut milk, syrup, whiskey, vanilla, cacao powder and add 2 or more tbsp water depending on the thickness of the canned coconut milk.
Then, after putting together the herb mixture, avoid the whole spices but leaving them in the liquid part - spoon out 1 tbsp of the herby liquid goodness and add to the drink mixture.
Shake your 'Baileys' beverage!
Serve on ice and enjoy!
Note: Do not store in fridge, it will set. Pop in bottle and store in cool dry room - such as a back porch area!
4 Winter Superfoods with Health Boosting Benefits
Ceylon cinnamon (cinnamomum verum) is true cinnamon, and it comes from the inner bark of a Sri Lankan evergreen tree. This differs from the cinnamon powder commonly found in your supermarket, which is in fact not cinnamon at all, but Cassia.
Ceylon cinnamon benefits, are numerous, here are just a few:
1) Lowers blood sugar levels
2) Lowers cholesterol
3) Supports healthy blood clotting
4) Fights bacteria and fungus
5) Improves brain activity, attention and memory
6) Improves digestion
7) reduces chronic inflammation
[Note: If using Cassia powder, use in small doses. Cassia contains coumarin, a compound that has been linked to liver damage]
Carotenoids found in winter squash include alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, lutein, and zeaxanthin. Pectin-containing cell wall polysaccharides found in winter squash are important anti-inflammatory nutrients provided by this food, as are its cucurbitacins (triterpene molecules). Winter squash is an excellent source of immune-supportive vitamin A (in its "previtamin" carotenoid forms) and free radical-scavenging vitamin C. It is also a very good source of vitamin C, dietary fiber, vitamin B6, manganese and copper as well as a good source of potassium, vitamin B2, folate, vitamin K, pantothenic acid, omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium and niacin.
Cooking a Meno-Power Bowl that was demo’d at a recent class with @naturalhormonehealing at the @lightcellar a delicious and nutritious mix of red chard, butternut squash, quinoa, chicken and drizzled with a Tahini sauce. Fantastic Fall dish.
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White Willow Bark (Salix Alba), native to Europe and Central Asia contains salicin and is commonly used to reduce fever, eliminate pain and lower inflammation. It has also been used to treat migraines, soothe the stomach and gout.
White willow Bark is analgesic, anodyne, and anti-inflammatory.
Put 2 teaspoons of white willow bark in 2 cups of cold water in a pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer. Let simmer for 30 minutes. Allow it to steep for another 30 minutes. Strain, add a sweetener (raw honey), and drink 3-4 cups a day.