Autumn is here. Trees are dressed in their most colourful leaves … letting them go one by one. They know that it takes time to rest in order to grow.
Every year in autumn, i am coming back to the ayurvedic wisdom, to spices – and to the most delicious golden milk, aka turmeric latte. Which, originally, is not vegan nor raw. So today, i am going to share my raw vegan fruitbased lowfat recipe with you.
While western medicine does not care about change of seasons, except of calling people to get their flu shots in autumn (which i don’t recommend to do!), healers in the eastern world, both in TCM (traditional chinese medicine) and Ayurveda (traditional indian medicine), know that while transitioning from one season to another, we have to take special care of ourselves, our bodies.
In chinese five element theory, each season is associated with one element: wood for spring, fire for summer, metal for autumn, and water for winter. In transition periods between seasons, food is recommend to be chosen primarily from the fifth element, earth, and that is thermally neutral or warm. I. e., food that will ground you, calm you, nourish you.
In Ayurveda, everything has a dosha. Vata, Pitta, or Kapha. Each person’s constitution matches on or a combination of two or all three doshas. Seasons, times of the day, phases of life, they all are associated with the doshas. During autumn and winter, Vata is dominating. With it’s elements of air and space, it brings wind, movement, aridity, and cooling – all of which tend to bring Vata out of balance. While also people with main dosha Pitta or Kapha can be effected by this, Vatas are the most prone for this.
In order to rebalance, warmth, humidity and rest are recommended. Talking about food: sweet, sour, and salty food. All of these will warm and moisten your body. Nothing cooling (like icecream, tomato, melon). Try to use warming spices and herbs like ginger, garlic, basil. Maybe a bit more fat than in summer.
Especially when located in cold areas, i enjoy golden milk drinks almost on a daily basis. Sometimes adding some green in 😉
Raw vegan golden milk
– Light, sweet, warming, moistening, grounding. Including lots of turmeric, one of nature’s superfoods.
– 1/2 cup tiger nut milk*
– 1 ripe banana
– 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
– 1/4 tsp ginger powder
– 1/4 tsp ceylon cinnamon
– 1 dash of cardamom and nutmeg
– 1 mini dahs of black pepper
Blend all ingredients in blender until smooth.
*For tiger nut milk, soak tiger nuts over night and blend with triple amount of water in a power mixer. Strain and enjoy.
If you cannot get tiger nuts, use any other homemade raw nut or seed milk of your choice.
For green golden milk simply add 1-2 handful of wild edibles or farmer’s lettuce.