It is unfair to compare anything to hot chocolate, but this is a close second that really feels like you did something healthy. If you look up the health benefits of turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, coconut milk, raw milk, or Manuka honey you will be reading until next year. Suffice it to say, I don't see how you can go wrong with this.
When you have a cold or a runny nose is perhaps not a great time to consume loads of milk, and in that case I use coconut milk instead. Your choice. Three quarters of my family loves this, and while that may not sound like a stunning endorsement to you... It is.
1 inch of grated fresh turmeric
2 inches of grated fresh ginger
2 cups of milk or coconut milk
1 tablespoon Manuka honey or to taste
Grate the turmeric and ginger on a box grater. Add the turmeric, ginger, peppercorns, and milk to a small saucepan. If you are using raw milk, be sure to only warm the milk and allow it to steep. For pasteurized milk or coconut milk, bring it to a simmer and then turn it off to steep for a few minutes. Strain it into cups and sweeten with Manuka honey to taste.
I love fat-free, delicious, healthy things, but sadly for me I love them even more drowned in sugar and fat. Here is a good example. Green tea is good for you AND calorie free, but now I like it even more for all the wrong reasons.
So I offer you a new reason. It's good for your skin. According to this page, green tea taken topically and internally (yay!) improves your skin's elasticity following exposure to UV light. The way I read that, it can only help my sun-damaged, aging skin. So while, yes, drinking green tea will probably do wonders for your health, here's another way to do it that may even fill out your wrinkles from the inside.
But enough on that. Here's the recipe I found on the back of a bag of matcha, and here's how I make it.
3/4 cup milk (whole and raw)
2 teaspoons matcha
1 tablespoon honey
Pour it all into a jar with a lid and shake. It's SO GOOD!
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