Sima’s Holiday Sips

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Food is usually everyone’s favorite part about the holiday season. But what about drinks? I think holiday drinks are just as important! November is the time of dropping temperatures. The days of  summer sun, BBQ’s, and beer are long gone, replaced by cold weather roasts and holiday drinks. Here are some of my healthy indulgences that will give you some inner warmth throughout the holidays. Plus, if you have any holiday parties, your guests will be kept in a festive mood with these specialties. 🙂

Chocolaty Goodness

What do you need when it is too cold? A nice warm cup of creamy, chocolaty goodness that is my best ever hot chocolate cocoa. Add to that maca powder, turmeric, and a pinch of cayenne, and you have a decadent hot cocoa that s on super-food steroids. I promise you this is amazing!!

Recipe:

  • Serving size : 2
  • Total cook time: 7 minutes
  • egg-free | dairy-free | vegan

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cacao powder
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon raw maca powder
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1⁄2 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 2 dashes cinnamon
  • pinch of cayenne
  • pinch of sea salt

Method:

  • Warm milk on stove over medium heat for 5 minutes
  • Remove from heat and add all ingredients to a high-speed blender
  • Blend on high for 2 minutes

Tumeric Latte

This yummy  latte is creamy and heavy with the aroma of cinnamon and ginger. The addition of black pepper is a necessary component to this drink. This is not for the flavor aspect but for the chemical breakdown of the turmeric so our bodies can absorb it properly. I promise you,  turmeric does a body good!

Recipe:

  • Serving size: 2
  • Total cook time:10 minutes
  • egg-free | dairy-free | vegan

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups unsweetened almond or coconut
  • milk
  • 2 tablespoons fresh turmeric root, grated
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons coconut nectar or sweetener of your choice
  • 2 pinches black pepper

Method:

  • Warm the almond or coconut milk in a small saucepan over medium-low heat (Do not let it burn)
  • Warm through for 2–3 minutes
  • Add turmeric root, cinnamon, ginger, and black pepper
  • Combine coconut oil with the mixture and gently heat together until melted
  • Stir for 2 minutes or until frothy
  • Stir in coconut nectar or sweetener of choice to taste

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