The weather is cold, so I stay in. I nestle down and I keep warm, surrounding myself with softness and the comforts of home. Life bustles about me and I do my best to get things done in time, completing each task as it comes to me. It’s kind of a passive lifestyle, but it’s what feels good for now. Especially lately as I’ve been sick. A wretched head-cold has been floating around our house lately and I’d been doing so well to protect myself against it, but then, last week, the husband and I decided to go Aurora hunting.
We are very fond of staying indoors, watching shows on Netflix, and being generally very boring. Every once in a while, though, the urge for an adventure comes along… and I’d been yearning to catch some photos of the Northern lights since we got here. The weather wasn’t particularly ideal, but we had a 4-day weekend and we wanted to make the best of it. Well, it turned into a very long, snowy drive. The sky was thick with clouds and we couldn’t see a thing. Being hours away from civilization, and the snow only becoming heavier, we were forced to sleep in the truck. Although neither of us really slept. Negative temps+cramped cab= 2 hours of sleep max. And so my body gave into the sickness.
This turmeric cocoa (and lots of water and lots of sleep) is the reason why my cold only lasted 3 days, where my husband’s had lasted over a week. It’s good stuff.
Have you ever looked into the benefits of turmeric? It can supposedly dramatically increase your body’s capacity to create antioxidant enzymes, it’s linked with the healing of cancer patients, and is even thought to treat depression. But in this drink, my absolute favorite aspect is that it’s warm. Turmeric has this incredible taste that isn’t necessarily spicy, but definitely adds a certain element of warmth to any dish you add it to.
Everything about this drink is healing, healthy, and warm– and you can also easily switch out the dairy milk for almond, soy, or whatever your preference may be. Also, notice this mug. It’s in my top-five favorite possessions. I’m going to attempt adding more color to the blog in the future (actually terrifying), and this is my first little baby step.
healing turmeric hot chocolate
2.5 c. milk
4 T unsweetened cocoa powder
1 T ground turmeric
1/4 c. honey (or more to taste)
3 g fresh peeled ginger (about 4 one inch thin slices)
5-10 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
In a small pot, whisk together all ingredients, and cook on low heat. If the milk begins to simmer, it is too hot. Gently heat the mixture for about 10-15 minutes, tasting every few minutes. When the flavor of the ginger, cloves, and cinnamon have infused to a strength of your liking, remove the pot from heat and strain out the solids. Ladle the drink into mugs, or pour it in directly. But be careful! Turmeric stains just about everything it touches, from fabric, to skin, to counter tops.