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Creamy Cashew Golden Milk

Creamy Cashew Golden Milk

Feel like a glowing goddess with this super creamy anti-inflammatory drink that sends good vibes right through the soul. Don’t have fresh ginger and turmeric on hand? NO problem! This version is pantry-centric, using a few of my favorite kitchen staples that you might already have on the shelf. 

Serves 3 large mugs.
Ingredients:
1 cup Raw cashews
3 cups Filtered water, plus more for soaking
1 1/2 tsp. Ground turmeric
1 tsp. Ground ginger
1/2 tsp. Ground ceylon cinnamon
2-3 tsp. Raw honey
Pinch of pink sea salt & freshly ground black pepper

Optional add-ins: contents of 1 capsule Camu Camu (for vitamin C), contents of 1 capsule Ashwaganda (adaptogen for optimal balance and stress reduction), 1 tsp. virgin coconut oil, a squeeze of lemon, for serving, or any other favorites that you may have. 

Instructions:
1. Soak cashews in a bowl with plenty of fresh filtered water for at least 1 hr, up to 24 hrs (switching the water every 8).
2. Drain and rinse cashews, and place in a high-speed blender with the remaining ingredients. 
3. Blend until extremely smooth, about 2 minutes, stopping to scrape down the grainy texture on the sides, if necessary. 
If storing for later, place into a clean jar with tightly fitting lid, and keep in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. If serving over ice, pour and enjoy! If serving hot, transfer to a small saucepan, and heat over low-medium (stirring constantly to avoid curdling, burning, or separation) until steaming. Transfer to mugs and top with a sprinkling of cinnamon, ginger, and turmeric. Serves 3 large mugs. 

The black pepper is important here for exponentially increasing curcumin’s anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Don’t skip it! 

You can also use this milk as a base for chia pudding, lattes, oats, or smoothies. Let me know how you like it! 

Purposeful Bits:
Nuts in general reduce risk of unwanted weight gain (when eaten at least once/week), reduce the risk of developing gallstones, and provide anti-oxidants responsible for cardiovascular health. Cashews in particular, are one of my favorites.

Purpose of using cashews: 82% of their fats are heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, which help reduce triglyceride levels; 1/4 cup of cashews provides 98% DV of copper (see table below) which helps prevent premature greying and hair loss, and chronic low levels of copper create a higher risk for colon cancer.

Cashews have also surfaced as one of the best foods for anxiety and depression. As an extremely rich source of tryptophan, which aids in both the production and re-uptake of serotonin, cashews provide a natural way to help combat symptoms associated with feeling stressed, anxious, and sad. In addition to tryptophan, magnesium, vitamin B6, and the monounsaturated fats I mentioned above all help to put the brain in a "better place." 

World's Healthiest Foods Cashews

I hope you give this recipe a go, and find a few health benefits or simply enjoyment in sipping this creamy golden elixer.

That's all for today,
LM <3

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