Spiced Up Almond Milk

coconut milk and spices

Spiced Almond Milk

Since my doctor suggested I give up, or cut down on, dairy, I have replaced my occasional glass of warm milk with a glass of almond milk with spices.

I used to catch parts of the Dr. Oz show.  I wasn’t a huge fan, but every now and then he would have a segment that interested me. Dr. Perlmutter was his guest once, as was Dr. Davis. They both advocate removing wheat / gluten from the diet (among other things).   I own books by each of them.

One time, a guest on the show mentioned drinking almond milk mixed with turmeric, ginger and cinnamon. I don’t think they recommended heating it, but I do, as it seems to help dissolve those ingredients. I’ve always liked warm milk, and this was taking it to a whole new level of health!  And it tastes good.  Sometimes I buy unsweetened almond and coconut milk blend.  Avoid consuming additional phosphorus by drinking non-dairy products.

I have heard of the health benefits of turmeric. But I can’t for the life of me eat much of it. I will add curry powder to my baked chicken, but that’s about it.  I once bought a health food drink that contained turmeric, but didn’t like it.  But stirring bout 1/4 tsp. into my warm almond milk is not bad.

I use cinnamon in my coffee because it’s so good for me.   It supposedly helps lower blood pressure.   Yes, I drink coffee every morning, but I am working on cutting down.  It’s acidic and is not recommended for those of us with kidney issues.  Chicory root is something I am looking into as a replacement.

Ginger  is not one of my favorite flavors, but it’s health benefits are many.  Besides being good for an upset stomach, (it is often taken for motion sickness), taking ginger helps to reduce inflammation, and is an antioxidant.

 

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