Golden Milk, Anyone?

Golden Milk, Anyone?

Honestly, I thought this trend would die down, but NOPE–it’s still in the forefront of the blog-o-sphere!! Golden Milk–translation: turmeric milk. Its properties warrant all the hype. It’s simple to make, the basic recipe has much more going for it than just great color and creamy richness. It’s made with ingredients that help with inflammation, bloating, and weight loss. If you’re still not convinced to give it a try, check out these reasons to whip some up:

  • Better digestion: Think of golden milk as nature’s Pepto-Bismol, except with a much prettier color! Multiple studies have shown turmeric to help fight gas, bloat, and indigestion. Ginger, a common ingredient in golden milk, is great at fighting nausea and soothing stomach aches.
  • Happier muscles: Try having an iced glass of turmeric milk as a post-workout smoothie. As a natural anti-inflammatory, turmeric can relieve joint and muscle pain and even help with headaches. In some studies, turmeric offered similar relief to ibuprofen. It also may be the perfect drink to have after an intense workout, as it has been known to combat delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), in some studies. Ginger has also shown to be effective in preventing muscle soreness.
  • Protection against colds and flu: Besides helping soothe a sore throat, ginger has long been used as a cold remedy in naturopathy. The spicy root has antimicrobial properties that help protect the body from respiratory infections.
  • Weight-loss support: Turmeric does show some promise when it comes to encouraging weight loss. In two separate studies, the spice was shown to reduce the growth of fat cells in mice and also increase metabolism.
  • Boost in good cholesterol: The raw coconut oil often used in golden milk has been shown to help raise good cholesterol in the body.

So, that seems like plenty of reasons to give Golden Milk a try. For me, just the fact that it helps with muscle soreness after a tough workout is enough to add it to my menu.

Speaking of workouts, if you are in the area, give our Fit for GOD program a try!

Building a Better Smoothie

Building a Better Smoothie

Keeping up with your Fueled for God 40-Day Challenge can be a well…challenging…especially if you are one of our members that is dashing off to work, kids in tow, trying to keep up with nursing a baby, and yada, yada, yada! YES! We have several of our members doing some of that OR all of that!!! Lord, bless them, please:)

Creativity in meal prepping is critical, not only to these ladies, but to ALL of our members! It’s paramount to staying engaged and avoiding boredom, and thus possibly quitting your commitment on a potentially life-changing journey. One way to switch up your breakfast AND/OR include healthy snacks, is to dabble in smoothie mastery.

Your FIRST STEP is to follow the graphic in proper “layering” of smoothie contents, so be sure and take a look at that. There are endless combinations of milks, vegetables, nut and seed butters, fresh fruits, nuts, and seeds, along with collagen/protein (follow the link for a challenge-worthy brand) powders, that you can combine to make a hearty smoothie that will keep you satisfied for hours.

Your SECOND STEP is to refer to Page 22 in your CONFIDENT HOPE WORKBOOK for those “Tricky Names for Sugar.”  Read those labels AND ingredient lists on your nut milks and coconut milks to check for any additional sugars. That extra sugar sneaks into all kinds of foods you’d never expect! If you would like to include a bit of stevia in your smoothies, Sweat Leaf is an excellent brand because it is pure. You can get it on Amazon on at HEB, locally.

Your THIRD STEP is to check out the smoothie recipes either utilizing the RECIPE INDEX located on the green bar at the top of this website or simply do a recipe search, located in the sidebar to the right. Search under “course” for “smoothie.” Also, it’s best to eat the bulk of your fruit for breakfast and as an afternoon snack. Dinner and after-dinner fruit intake should be kept to a minimum.

TIPS FOR FREEZING

MAKE AHEAD FREEZER SMOOTHIE PACKS
1. Place your liquid ingredients in ice trays and freeze. You can also add your protein powder before freezing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. After the liquid ingredients have frozen, begin making your smoothie packs. Start by placing 1 serving size of each of your ingredients per recipe into a Ziplock freezer (not storage) bag, along with four of the frozen liquid ingredient cubes. Seal each bag and place into your freezer until ready to use. You can either thaw out a pack the night before, then just place in your blender for breakfast the next morning. OR Place in your blender frozen (if you have a high-powered blender) and blend it up straight from the freezer!

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