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Golden Milk. Or: Autumnal Balance

Autumn has come. Trees are wearing their most colourful leaves … letting them go one by one. They know, they can only grow if they take time to rest.

Each year in autumn, i come back to Ayurveda, to my favourite spices – and to one of my favourite recipes: Golden milk. Also known as kurkuma milk or kurkuma latte. You can find lots of recipes for golden milk, vegan and non-vegan. Today i want to share mine with you. Raw, vegan, golden milk.

Before telling you how to prepare it, i want to share some thoughts about autumn and why especially this time of the year is disequilibrating me (and maybe you, too) so much.

While the only response of western medicine to the change of seasons consists in their suggestion to get a flu shot (which i definitely would not recommend!), eastern healers, both the Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Ayurveda (the traditional indian medicine), know that during the change of seasons we are supposed to take particular care for ourself, our body.

TCM recommends to eat during these times mainly from foods that are assigned to the element earth and have a neutral or slightly warming thermic effect. I. e., food that grounds you, calms you, nourishes your body.

In Ayurveda, everything has a Dosha. Vata, Pitta or Kapha. Autumn is dominated by Vata, which is connected to the elements of air and space, bringing wind, motion, aridity and coooling-down. This tends to disequilibrate Vata. Even if your main dosha is Pitta or Kapha you may feel this effect, but obviously people with Vata dosha are especially prone to suffer from a Vata imbalance.

The best way to meet this is warmth, rest, humidity. Relating to your diet this means: sweet, sour and salty food. (Remember: we are talking about natural food here.) Food that warms and moisturizes your body. Nothing cooling-down like ice-cream, tomatoes or melons. Use warming spices and herbs like ginger, garlic, basil. A bit more fat than in summer.

The main point to focus upon, like every time and in every situation, is awareness. Mindfulness. Listen to yourself, to your body, to what he is telling you. Take care for your needs. Besides the careful choice of your food, this means getting enough rest, reducing stress, moving your body, fresh air and, last but not least: warmth, loving contacts and touches.

One wellknown Ayurveda recipe, which is perfect for this time of the year, is the above mentioned golden milk. Kurkuma milk. Originally neither raw nor vegan, i created my own version, enjoying it almost every day at this time of the year. I want to share two recipes with you, golden milk and green-golden milk. Both are warming, nourishing, moisturizing and harmonizing … and incredibly yummy. 🙂

Recipes for golden and green-golden raw vegan milk

Raw vegan golden milk

You will need:
– 1/2 cup chufa milk
– 1 ripe banana
– 1/2 tsp curcuma (turmeric) powder
– 1/4 tsp ginger powder
– 1/4 tsp cinnamon
– 1 dash of cardamom and nutmeg, each
– 1 tiny dash of black pepper

Put all ingredients in your Vitamix and blend about 30 seconds.

Green-golden milk

You will need:
– 1 small ripe banana
– 1-2 handful goutweed
– 1-2 handful lamb’s lettuce
– 1 Tsp dried (or 1 small handful fresh) stevia leaves
– 1 cup water
– 1/2 tsp curcuma (turmeric) powder
– 1/4 tsp ginger powder
– 1/4 tsp cinnamon
– 1 dash of cardamom and nutmeg, each
– 1 tiny dash black pepper

Put all ingredients in your Vitamix and blend until smooth.

Compared to other green smoothies, made from lots of greens and lots of fruit, which i never got along with well, this smoothie made from lots of greens and water, only a little fruit and the spices works very well for me.

All spices mentioned balanca Vata. Some, like pepper or nutmeg, unbalance Pitta. Experiment for yourself and leave out spices that may be to warm for you.


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